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View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
Intersting that we have two poplular options wh/are basically "throwbacks" to prior versions of KDE and Gnome that people found to be actually usable. Used KDE1, 2, & 3 before ditching for all the bloat. Used Gnome1, 2, and spent severeal months of trying to like Gnome3 before ditching it, going back to kicking it old school & taking a tour of old fave lightweight wm's as well as a few newer kid on the block tiling wm's before settling on E17 (now E18) these past couple years. Seems I am not alone in not liking where recent Gnome and KDE have taken us. Also used Xfce3 and then Xfce4, as well at LXDE at various times. So I think I have pretty good basis for evaluation here
Methinks I'll vote Mate, even though I've never used it, because Gnome2 was actually quite usable and after reading their manifesto, it's good to see that somebody actually "gets" FOSS as something other than a pathway to employment by powerful commercial intersts pushing things in directions that favor scratching their particular itch over the pursuit of the technical excellence that has historically driven FOSS to best many commercial offering in the first place. Okay, end of rant.... ;-)
+1 for Mate.
Last edited by gotfw; 01-25-2014 at 05:27 PM.
Reason: fixed some typos... maybe still missed a few?? :-P
Distribution: Slackware has beern Main OpSys for decades while testing others to keep up
I hope the results won't be too badly skewed. I chose KDE even though I mostly use Xfce BUT I wouldn't use it if it didn't have the "load KDE libraries upon startup" option. So I sort of use Xfce for a front-end for KDE.
I've used KDE4 and GNOME3, they both work well in newer machines of these days. Their older releases work fine in machines of few years back and also of today. Unfortunately, KDE4 and GNOME3 are slow on older machines because of hardware's higher spec requirements specially display cards. Now, I use LXDE. It works great on my Pentium 4 (Prescott) with 1GB memory and video card with 256 mb RAM. Still, I like the clean, layout of GNOME's desktop interface (nautilus and the favorites auto-hide bar).