What Is Your Favorite Desktop Environment?

Discussion in 'Desktop / X' started by Sinister_Diagram, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. MikeyD

    MikeyD Active Member

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    First of all, why choose just one?
    I used to run 2 or 3 different DEs when I wanted to test them out. Right now I'm in the Xfce camp as its just so lightweight and I'm not a big GUI user anyway.
    For those interested in multiple DEs: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=971168#p971168


    Another option is to build your own DE! I did a little bit of this using Openbox as the window manager and building on that with xcompmgr for compositing, pypanel, Avant Window Navigator, feh for wallpapers, etc. but it just takes so much work to really build it well down to fonts and icons which at the end of the day I didn't care about the details enough to warrant the work. Xfce gives me almost as much freedom and takes care of the small stuff like fonts and icons but it comes down to what you want to do and what you need your DE to do.

    Gnome, KDE are more robust full-featured while LXDE and Xfce are more lightweight and minimal so comparing them is like comparing apples to oranges. The only DE I really don't like it Unity. Thats when I left Ubuntu as the Unity bar would just crawl on my netbook. Although I've heard good things about Enlightenment I haven't tried it yet but I probably will soon. Anyone have it and like it a lot?
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  2. Codypy1

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    Since I use Ubuntu for gaming, i've tried unity but just can't adapt to it. It's to os x like. I cannot stand os x.

    But I'm a big fan of gnome 2. So I just pretty much use gnome 2 or mate which is basically the same thing on all of my computers. Sometimes when I wanna get more lightweight I just use fluxbox when I'm in a hurry.

    I've tried gnome 3 but I hated it. They was trying to get to fancy with it.
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  3. jonathansblog

    jonathansblog New Member

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    Ive tried them all.

    enlightenment 0.16 was great
    windowmaker is the one I keep going back to
    black / open box are great too
    kde2 was the best
    but right now xfce is the one I use.
    it stays out the way and lets me get stuff done :)
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  4. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    I like and use Razor-QT. Pity it won't be around much longer in its present form. The LXDE team are joining with the Razor-QT team to produce LXDE-QT...
  5. Virneto

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    I like to use both. Although i like Gnome and it feels great, my productivity is way higher in KDE.
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  6. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Unity is okay on my laptop. I have it setup so it doesn't look TOO much like OS. But I still prefer KDE beta.
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    Slackware64-14.0 with MATE

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