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What is your favourite Desktop Environment?

Total: 19 votes (6 blank votes)

  • Gnome
  • 62 %
  • KDE
  • 39 %
  • XFCE
  • 0 %
  • Other (Please specify)
  • 0 %
September 1, 2008 7:13:22 AM

Just for curiosity's sake, what is your favorite Desktop Environment?


-Jesse
September 1, 2008 11:51:20 AM

I like KDE 4 the best... followed by Gnome
September 1, 2008 2:22:48 PM

Pyroflea said:
Just for curiosity's sake, what is your favorite Desktop Environment?


-Jesse


It depends on the computer. If it's a relatively modern computer (1 GHz+ CPU, 512 MB+ RAM), I'll use GNOME. If it's an older machine, then I'll use XFCE if it is to be used as a standard desktop type of machine and TWM if I just need to run X and no more, such as with my MythTV computer.
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September 1, 2008 5:16:31 PM

How about all of the above? :) 
September 1, 2008 6:18:52 PM

He forgot to include a console option... ;) 
September 2, 2008 12:02:11 AM

All of the above + /sbin/mingetty + RS232 ;)  :D 
September 2, 2008 2:21:23 AM

I like GNOME, but then again it was the first ever Desktop environment I was introduced to on Linux way back when i started off with Fedora Core 2. In truth I've only used KDE a couple of times when I was helping a friend install openSUSE on his box and it was alright, but I don't have enough experience with it to really say anything useful about it. I installed Xubuntu w/ XFCE when i found out that GNOME was too heavy for my mom's old P4 2Ghz machine (512MB ram) and that seemed to work pretty well. I managed to configure it pretty close to the way I liked with the small exception/annoyance that I couldn't get it to bind the windows key to launch a terminal. Instead it would only accept the windows key plus another key to launch something. I am sure, however, that I could probably find a program that remaps keys at the X windows level instead of the DE level, so that could probably be fixed easily. I've also played a bit with FVWM and it is really nice and lightweight, but like KDE i didn't try it that long.

Long story short, KDE, GNOME, fvwm, and XFCE are all great with fvwm and KDE being pretty good based on my short time with them.

-Zorak
September 2, 2008 8:00:35 AM

Same here. I have only ever personally used Gnome. I liked it, but who's to say that I might not like another one more?

After seeing this theme, XFCE looks wonderful (I really like black):
http://www.xfce-look.org/content/preview.php?preview=3&...

But for KDE, these are also both quite appealing:
http://www.kde-look.org/content/preview.php?preview=1&i...
http://www.kde-look.org/content/preview.php?preview=1&i...

Haven't looked too much at any Gnome themes yet but I'm sure there are lots that I would like.

What I figure I should do, is just decide which of those themes I like best. Ignore which DE they are, and just pick a theme. Once that is done, that will be the DE I will go with. :s


-Jesse

EDIT: The more I look at it, the more I like http://www.kde-look.org/content/preview.php?preview=1&i... . That is definitely a possibility.
September 2, 2008 8:15:23 PM

Yeah those are pretty nice, althought I will never understand people's fascination/obsession with docks? My interface is pretty simple and clean and i like the way it looks. Pretty much all I have is a system tray and a shortcut to xkill in case a window misbehaves. The theme I use is Linsta 3 on GNOME with a vista compiz theme for glass window borders. I may not like the new MS OS much, but I did like their new look (which, of course I tweaked to my taste because that is what I do ;)  ). I'll post a screenshot later.

-Zorak
September 3, 2008 1:43:58 AM

Hmm, turns out that you can't upload pictures to tom's forums like i thought i'd be able to :(  I'd like to post my screenshots but I don't have a web page to host them at and I am not sure where I could upload them to, oh well.

-Zorak
September 3, 2008 3:24:03 AM

I just use www.photobucket.com personally :p  And I'm looking forward to seeing your screenshot :) 
September 3, 2008 3:24:32 AM

Gnome+compiz fusion for "show" (my laptop)
Fluxbox for "go" (my "desktop")
September 4, 2008 1:54:29 AM

This is what it looks like when there are no windows open. I like it because it looks nice and clean.


And this is with a few windows open.

Hope you like it!

-Zorak
September 4, 2008 1:59:27 AM

Looks good, really good :) 
September 4, 2008 3:31:40 AM

That is very nice :)  Btw, awesome taste in music :D 
September 5, 2008 1:41:22 AM

Glad to see you guys like it :)  I think math kicks so much ass, and my background is proof that it can be as beautiful as it is complex. Also, thanks Pyroflea for the compliment on my taste in music :D  I like melodic death metal bands like In Flames, Soilwork, and Disarmonia Mundi, so if you have any other good suggestions, feel free to PM me about them :D 

-Zorak
September 6, 2008 5:33:20 PM

Good choice :)  I think it looks nice, but my experience with the new KDE menu is that it is evil, so I would probably change the menu back to the old style if I were using KDE myself. Other than that, it looks pretty good. Isn't having the option to customize great? :D 

-Zorak
September 6, 2008 9:23:08 PM

So shiny... so KDE...
September 7, 2008 3:16:55 AM

lol.

I think I may get the old PC back in one piece and install that just to see what it's like.
September 7, 2008 8:08:42 AM

Well my friend is hooking me up with a computer which I am supposed to be picking up tomorrow afternoon, so hopefully I can get working on this sooner than later. :)  Lots of work to be done, and if it's too overwhelming then a new thread will most likely be created. Thanks for the input everyone.


-Jesse
September 16, 2008 9:57:59 AM

Best of luck then Jesse!
September 17, 2008 3:01:22 AM

Thank you :)  Hopefully gonna start next week. Just got XP installed on the rig as of now, but I had stolen the family computer's Monitor for it (:D ) so I have to wait until people leave on Monday to use it again. Hopefully then I can start.


-Jesse
January 12, 2009 7:09:30 PM

I like KDE 4 but they broke the menu! however the eye candy gets better with every new release and I hope they the start key in 4.2 . that Azenis is very shiny and it pertty :) 
January 18, 2009 2:17:58 AM

I like GNOME because for me KDE is way too bloated, only my C2D, i7, Phenom X3, and Phenom II machines runs it smoothly. My Pentium M, P4, e2200, atom 330 machines all struggle with it. You shouldn't have to have a very recent PC just to run the desktop.
January 18, 2009 11:39:34 PM

KDE 4 is just more eye candy... that's good but I prefer a better organization system.
January 19, 2009 1:30:09 AM

I like TWM :) 
January 28, 2009 11:59:36 PM

sabot00 said:
I like GNOME because for me KDE is way too bloated, only my C2D, i7, Phenom X3, and Phenom II machines runs it smoothly. My Pentium M, P4, e2200, atom 330 machines all struggle with it. You shouldn't have to have a very recent PC just to run the desktop.

not quite my dad's P4 with a gig of ram runs KDE just fine. but when I run it on a VM it naturally struggles even on my Athlon 5000+ with 2 gigs, but that's a VM there naturally slow.
January 29, 2009 12:47:19 AM

A lot depends on the VM and the virtual VGA.

What kind of VM is it?

:) 
January 29, 2009 5:27:33 AM

enable AMD-V... I betcha it runs 5 x faster.
January 30, 2009 6:02:51 PM

Ive just started using linux and i wanted to ask ... how do you install GNOME or KDE?
January 30, 2009 7:44:03 PM

gbh said:
Ive just started using linux and i wanted to ask ... how do you install GNOME or KDE?


You will find either GNOME or KDE installed already in most all Linux distributions. Some like OpenSUSE let you pick which one you want at install time, others like Debian have GNOME installed by default and yet others like Kubuntu have KDE installed by default.

You can install both on the same distribution without much trouble in many cases, but the exact process varies distribution to distribution. You'd need to tell us which distribution you're running before we can tell you exactly what to do.
January 30, 2009 7:49:21 PM

It depends on the distribution, some default to GNOME, some default to KDE and others use XFCE or something else.

Fedora and Ubuntu default to GNOME when you install the GUI.

Kubuntu uses KDE.

Xubuntu uses XFCE.

Most distributions allow you to use both if you're so inclined :) 

What distribution and version did you use?

:) 
January 30, 2009 7:52:09 PM

MU_Engineer beat me to it, we posted around the same time :) 

Also, Ubuntu has desktop and server versions, so make sure you get the desktop version.

:) 
January 30, 2009 9:19:03 PM

One more thing, on most redhat like systems ( RedHat, CentOS, Fedora, etc ) you can usually choose "Desktop - Gnome" or "Desktop - KDE" during the install process.

There is nothing wrong with choosing both :) 
January 30, 2009 11:17:31 PM

linux_0 said:
A lot depends on the VM and the virtual VGA.

What kind of VM is it?

:) 

it's the free kind that came Suse (xen) not fast but it works.
January 31, 2009 5:44:33 AM

Strange, xen is usually pretty fast.

If your CPU has virt extensions, it's a good idea to enable them as amdfangirl suggested.

Good luck :) 
January 31, 2009 6:18:37 AM

Or... you could try VirtualBox which is based on Xen... comes with AMD-V support too!
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