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View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
KDE 208 33.12%
Gnome Shell 120 19.11%
Unity 29 4.62%
MATE 21 3.34%
Xfce 173 27.55%
rox 3 0.48%
LXDE 44 7.01%
Trinity-DE 7 1.11%
Razor-qt 7 1.11%
Cinnamon 16 2.55%
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:29 PM   #1
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Desktop Environment of the Year

If you're looking for Fluxbox, Window Maker, Enlightenment or similar options - they are in the Window Manager of the Year poll.

Old 12-28-2011, 04:20 PM   #2
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XFCE ... I liked it when I used it, I am just to lazy to replace gnome
Old 12-28-2011, 04:29 PM   #3
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XFCE, has to be. With the changes to KDE and Gnome and Canonical's Unity there is one desktop everyone, including Linus, falls back on.
I actually have to point out here that with the exception of Unity I appreciate all the desktop environments -- heck, Unity can be appreciated too. We should not forget this is a major thing that Linux has going for it compared to Windows or Mac and even the Window manager you don't like is probably ten times more configurable than the paid for alternative.
Old 12-28-2011, 06:46 PM   #4
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I'm going with xfce, too. The 4.8 update brought a bunch of stuff that it needed, and the whole gnome 3 debacle and argument means that those of us who liked gnome 2 get to stay in a familiar environment.

It would be nice to have more GUI config options for newer users, but the old hands at linux will have no problems.
Old 12-28-2011, 06:50 PM   #5
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KDE, it's what I use.
Old 12-28-2011, 07:39 PM   #6
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With retract of Gnome 2 MATE has a good advantage for father development
Old 12-29-2011, 04:56 AM   #7
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XFCE - it's the only DE I use if, for some unimaginable reason, I don't want to use i3wm.
Old 12-29-2011, 07:18 AM   #8
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KDE for me, although I do use others now and then. KDE 4 was rough when it first appeared, but it's OK now (I'm running 4.6.5).
Old 12-30-2011, 09:30 AM   #9
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XFCE all the way! KDE4 nearly made me go back to Windows.. No further comments..
Old 12-30-2011, 10:15 AM   #10
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Gnome first and then Xfce.
Old 12-30-2011, 07:53 PM   #11
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Razor-qt, simple,beautiful and easy to use.
Old 12-31-2011, 06:13 AM   #12
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Rox-desktop with icewm is a great combination.
Old 12-31-2011, 07:40 AM   #13
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KDE rocks !!
Old 12-31-2011, 08:21 AM   #14
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Gnome and Xfce.

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I gotta say xfce, but I've recently been using KDE on Debian. Pretty nice.


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