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What Is Your Favorite Desktop Environment?

Discussion in 'Desktop / X' started by Sinister_Diagram, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. MikeyD

    MikeyD Guest

    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

    Codypy1 Guest

    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. 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 Guest

    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

    Virneto Guest

    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 Guest

    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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  7. Slackware64-14.0 with MATE
  8. agajews

    agajews Guest

    Gnome 3 is perfectly usable with some extensions. I like Dash to Dock, Caffeine, Media Player Indicator, Shellscape, Topicons, Top Panel Scroll, Frippery Move Clock, and Removable Drive Menu, among others.
  9. Darren Hale

    Darren Hale Guest

    Openbox - Done crunchbang style. Icewm. LXDE.
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  10. JasKinasis

    JasKinasis Guest

    My favourite environment, above and beyond all others is:
    dwm - a small, fast, simple, minimalistic, tiling window manager. Nothing to get in the way, no desktop widgets, no menus, no wobbly windows or other pointless eye-candy, no reliance on the mouse/mouse-pad. Great for when you just want to get your head down and work.

    There are similar tiling DEs/WM's like wmii, awesome, XMonad etc, which have a few extra features. But I prefer dwm, which is a bit more stripped-back.

    I do also like lightweight DEs/WMs like Openbox, XFCE, LXDE/LXQT and Enlightenment too. But since switching to dwm, I don't need to use them any more. So there's no need to keep them installed!

    But I do have KDE/Plasma installed for when I want to show-off GNU/Linux to others... With all of the pointless eye candy enabled. I'm not a huge fan of KDE/QT per-se, but I prefer it to Gnome3 or Unity. I do also quite like the 'activities' aspect of plasma. - Where you can have your desktop laid out differently, depending on the activity you are performing. And switching to another activity is no more complicated than switching to another virtual desktop. Great for productivity... That is, once you've spent some time creating some additional 'activities' layouts for yourself! But I rarely use Plasma. 99.9% of my time is spent with dwm!
  11. TheShellWave

    TheShellWave Guest

    I've been using Fedora Core's default environment, GNOME. Did tried Ubuntu, but for someone's laptop during installation.

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