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What is your favorite Linux desktop environment and why?

Gnome
KDE
XFCE
Cinnamon
Pantheon
Unity
LXDE
Mate
Budgie
LXQt
Other

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  • 2
    Mine is Gnome, for it's simplicity, productivity and support for a huge library of extensions.
    KDE is great as well, and best for people who like close to Windows experience with added tweaks.
  • 6
    I prefer no DE at all. Just a window manager called through .xinitrc. My current favorite is openbox, though in the past I've used windowmaker, afterstep, fluxbox, blackbox, golem, ratpoison, waimea(RIP), and kahakai(RIP).

    I especially miss kahakai. Gone and dead.
  • 3
    KDE is really great once you customize it to your needs. It feels so natural for desktops. GNome 3 is good but it has some touch optimized parts hence for a desktop usage it feels a bit forced.
  • 0
    Currently I prefer Shell 😄
  • 0
    @themissingbrace yep, I believe there should be more tablets with Gnome (Ubuntu) support, or even better, pre-installed.
  • 1
    Gnome and i3 but that's not DE
  • 2
    Been using xfce recently, and I'm not sure I'm leaving it again.
  • 5
    Have a look at r/unixporn
  • 3
    Not DE but i fell in love with i3 at first sight
  • 2
    Pantheon, because it's the only DE with precise, coherent design guidelines.
  • 2
    Pantheon because of its simplicity and elegance with the associated operating system (elementary OS)

    Also kind of like gnome and unity8 but no where near as much as pantheon
  • 1
    Window manager ftw :). Only dekstop I really used was Budgie.
  • 2
    KDE, it’s much more usable than anything else I’ve tried
  • 2
    Cinnamon, because NO BAR AT TOP and I always liked it more than KDE and Pantheon(I've tried both) as KDE was always crashing for me and I had hard time playing with Pantheon don't know why but because of Pantheon I started to like Plank.
  • 2
    Windowmaker, MATE, Openbox

    My favs
  • 3
    Xmonad+xmobar+mate
  • 2
    Cinnamon. Stable af
  • 0
    I like Unity above anything else, but on desktop I am using Plasma right now because I hate how preinstalled Gnome on Ubuntu fucks up the whole Unity sometimes. Gnome is cancer just like Google is.
  • 1
    I use Deepin DE (on Manjaro) because it's so freaking beautiful/user friendly
    And it runs great even on 4gb of ram
  • 1
    I use cinnamon for my office and Gnome for my personal system.
  • 1
    Last time I used KDE, but I really felt the performance hit. After my current project which requires windows, I'll take my time to write something around i3wm. But that alone will take me at least a month, because I want no unnecessary buttons and whatnot so I'll probably have to write the launcher myself.
  • 1
    similar to @bahua, I love Awesome, it's just awesome, bspwm and also, maybe my main WM soon, XMonad, I love Haskell and I love XMonad because it's great!
  • 2
    @lazysnail

    The "No bar at Top" is doable in every DE
  • 1
    Xfxe is ♥️
    Ps- thats the only DE my 2GB of RAM can handle 😅
  • 0
    @Linux Tried it on GNOME and was very disappointed with that extension same for pantheon. Maybe I did it wrong, can you provide link where I can do it with minimal effort? Please?
  • 0
  • 0
    I use deepin de (not os)
  • 0
    XFCE for work, Budgie for home
  • 0
    Either i3wm or Alt shift f2
  • 0
    i3gaps
    Or if you want a "full" DE: xfce
  • 0
    I’m using Mate on Arch and i like it. I don’t know why.
  • 1
    i3 gaps forever!! The fast window management and switching is just awesome.

    If I'm designing more gui based apps or Web pages I usually switch to my other DE which is xfce
  • 0
    tried gnome, kde and cinnamon
    preferred cinnamon than kde

    currently using gnome, cuz already comes with fedora default and those extensions are good too, especially unite and dash to panel give good ux
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