View Poll Results: Which Linux desktop environment do you prefer?

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  • GNOME

    1 12.50%
  • KDE Plasma

    4 50.00%
  • Xfce

    1 12.50%
  • LXDE

    0 0%
  • Unity

    0 0%
  • Cinnamon

    2 25.00%
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Thread: Linux users: Which Linux desktop environment do you prefer?

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    Linux users: Which Linux desktop environment do you prefer?

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    Re: Linux users: Which Linux desktop environment do you prefer?

    To be honest, I'm a bit out of touch with many of the multitude of choices.

    My daily drive is KDE, been using it for more years than I care to remember.

    I hate Gnome, it just seems to get in my way at every turn.

    I bump into others (like on the Pi or on a VM where you want something lightweight) but don't generally give them a serious play.

    OTOH, I notice Plasma no longer supports wobbly windows. That could be a deal breaker, and perhaps it is time to move on. Just not to Gnome

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    Re: Linux users: Which Linux desktop environment do you prefer?

    As I've mostly used Ubuntu and Pop_OS I'm most used to Gnome and tweaks of it.

    Played around with Mint and found Cinnamon OK but nothing special. Also had a go with Ubuntu Budgie which is very bling but not all that functional IMO.

    Not knowingly encountered the others so looks like it's Gnome by default.

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    Re: Linux users: Which Linux desktop environment do you prefer?

    Was a long time GNOME fan until 3.x, that killed it for me. Maybe it's fine on a touchscreen device like a tablet but it just seems clumsy and inefficient on a desktop system, like Windows 8 did. I used MATE for a while but find it hasn't evolved, still looks and feels like GNOME 2.x. I realise that's sort of the point but they could have evolved and built on that a bit while keeping the same overall architecture. I've used Cinnamon for a while now, it's not ideal but it can be made to work pretty well.

    KDE just always felt like a half-finished mess to me. SUSE's implementation of it is probably the best I've used but whenever I've used it I just found it frustrating and inelegant. I always felt like they'd introduce something new, it wouldn't work well, they'd refine it for a while then just before they got it right they'd throw it out and introduce something else which didn't work and start again.
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    Re: Linux users: Which Linux desktop environment do you prefer?

    I prefer things to be as lightweight as possible, so I'd go for XFCE or LXDE.

    This would be more if I was having a play with something in a virtual machine though, so I have no idea if they'd realistically hold up as a daily driver if I switched from Windows to Linux.

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