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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2012. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 4th.


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View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
Cinnamon 79 9.96%
Gnome Shell 102 12.86%
KDE 249 31.40%
LXDE 52 6.56%
MATE 60 7.57%
Razor-qt 4 0.50%
rox 6 0.76%
Trinity-DE 6 0.76%
Unity 33 4.16%
Xfce 202 25.47%
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:35 AM   #106
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I voted xfce. Gnome has gone rogue with 3 - completely dissing the end-user public, afaic. Reading some of the internal Gnome foundation messages about all that dev work makes this conclusion obvious, and sad. They used a shotgun to shoot themselves in the foot, and the results are predictably messy.

KDE is sharp, and now they have apparently recovered from their self-inflicted wounds. I still have tools and whatnot from Gnome that I prefer, and installing both environments annoys my sensibilities. And, for some reason I don't quite understand, KDE has never been able to win any long term time on my desktop. Too much "K" cuteness? Idk.

MATE is good, and just as nice as Gnome 2. It is a little more polished than xfce, as Gnome2 was, but xfce is faster.

Lxde is only good for you if you are a true linux geek, and I won't vote for a desktop of the year for the geeks. My goals are still to win over a larger percentage of end-users. Restricting usability to geeks will never achieve that.

Enlightenment is extremely cool, but it has too small a user base. I like it, but when you have issues, you can feel pretty lonely.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 09:40 AM   #107
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Equinox desktop environment didn't even get mentioned in the poll. At least razor-qt made it.

I typically just use a window manager and several utilities of my choosing not a full-fledged desktop environment. Recently switched from Openbox to jwm as window manager of choice. jwm is more lightweight than Openbox and it still has a lot of the features I liked in Openbox. I also run a clock program like dclock and utilities like autocutsel and set rxvt-unicode to run in daemon mode. Am looking into setting up some alternative menus and considering 9menu, dmenu and gpe-appmgr. May also just write my own menuing systems.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 01:25 PM   #108
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KDE does not disappoint!
 
Old 02-01-2013, 02:01 PM   #109
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I think IceWM the best
 
Old 02-01-2013, 06:54 PM   #110
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Matte is the best!
 
Old 02-01-2013, 07:29 PM   #111
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Xfce is fast and has a small footprint, and I prefer system resources to be free for applications. KDE is just too much for my needs, and Gnome... I tried it, but not having a touch screen on my desk I couldn't appreciate it.
 
Old 02-02-2013, 08:03 AM   #112
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Enlightenment!!!
 
Old 02-02-2013, 10:35 AM   #113
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Why is Razor-qt in the list, But Enlightenment isnt?
 
Old 02-02-2013, 10:59 AM   #114
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Fast, Light on memory and CPU=LXDE. For a DE IMO, you can't get any better!
 
Old 02-02-2013, 09:02 PM   #115
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LXDE is the lightest, so it runs the fastest under the same hardware if anyone has read about it.
 
Old 02-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #116
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Angry why so biased?

E17 just became stable this year and its not even on the list, come on!!.
 
Old 02-03-2013, 04:59 AM   #117
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Guys, have a look around. Enlightenment, or 'E17' isn't a desktop environment, it is a window manager. You can vote for it in the window manager of the year poll.
 
Old 02-03-2013, 07:50 AM   #118
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E17 is a window manager, just so you know, you can vote for it in the window managers of the year.
I can't figure out why Enlightenment is still considered a Window Manager. A window manager that includes desktop widgets, a panel, a file manager, a terminal emulator and much more... Well...

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Equinox desktop environment didn't even get mentioned in the poll.
Equinox is looking great!
 
Old 02-03-2013, 06:01 PM   #119
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What is Enlightenment?

Enlightenment is not just a window manager for Linux/X11 and others, but also a whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces with much less work than doing it the old fashioned way and fighting with traditional toolkits, not to mention a traditional window manager.
Hope that gives you some help.
Just because it offers a panel it doesn't mean that it is no longer a window manager. Many window managers offer a panel, fluxbox and openbox come to mind.
As for the file manager and terminal, i agree that these are not window manager functions and enlightenment as gone beyond and become a light weight desktop environment. But as long as the Enlightenment devs consider it a window manager, i suspect Jeremy will conform.
 
Old 02-03-2013, 11:51 PM   #120
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Hope that gives you some help.
Just because it offers a panel it doesn't mean that it is no longer a window manager. Many window managers offer a panel, fluxbox and openbox come to mind.
As for the file manager and terminal, i agree that these are not window manager functions and enlightenment as gone beyond and become a light weight desktop environment. But as long as the Enlightenment devs consider it a window manager, i suspect Jeremy will conform.
Well, they say it is not just a window manager, but also... I think the devs don't even know what it is anymore! They should have started with just a WM and added more later. Many others that we consider as DEs have much less that e17, like ROX, Equinox, and probably Razor-Qt, although some of these don't provide a WM.
 
  


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