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View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
Budgie 4 1.04%
Cinnamon 41 10.65%
Deepin Desktop Environment 2 0.52%
EDE 1 0.26%
Enlightenment 12 3.12%
Gnome Shell 33 8.57%
LXQt 7 1.82%
MATE 41 10.65%
MoonLightDE 0 0%
Pantheon 3 0.78%
Plasma Desktop (KDE) 110 28.57%
rox 5 1.30%
Trinity-DE 4 1.04%
Unity 21 5.45%
Xfce 101 26.23%
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Old 02-07-2017, 05:33 AM   #31
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Where is Openbox?


folks Where is Openbox? I've been using it for 3 years good de for office work space.
 
Old 02-07-2017, 05:51 AM   #32
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folks Where is Openbox? I've been using it for 3 years good de for office work space.
It's in the Window Manager section:

https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ar-4175596300/
 
Old 02-10-2017, 07:13 PM   #33
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KDEs plasma desktop won with a plurality of the vote. However, there were more votes for GTK+ desktops than for Qt desktops. The votes for GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce combined accounted for the majority of the vote. Xfce got the most votes for a GTK+ desktop, thus it is a good choice for the default desktop environment for new distros. It is the default desktop environment for Devuan, Linux Lite, and MX Linux among others.
 
Old 02-11-2017, 03:51 PM   #34
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Comparing to the 2015, 2014, and 2008, it looks like KDE's dominance was really sliding in this one, with Xfce trailing by 2%.

I like Xfce and all, but KDE is the only desktop experience that's on par with mainstream DEs in terms of looks, layout, and polish.

And an admission - I gave a shoutout vote to GNOME 3 this year, since it finally makes sense to me now that I own a touchscreen. But KDE is the way
 
Old 02-11-2017, 05:43 PM   #35
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I like Xfce and all, but KDE is the only desktop experience that's on par with mainstream DEs in terms of looks, layout, and polish.
Understood, and can agree up to a point. XFCE out of the box may not have the same polish, but its adaptability means that distros can make it as innovative and polished an experience as any. See for example Voyager (which may overdo a couple of things, but is really slick) or the more conservative MX Linux. Both give great experiences with more modern feels and good to great aesthetics.

KDE may win out of the box, but there is a lot to be said for DEs that do not make you put up with flaws during its first 5-7 releases of a new version. I do think KDE is quite good, and its QT base now gives it an advantage as GTK+ developers put everyone through h*ll with the the breakage that accompanies their changes. Furthermore, unlike Gnome the KDE developers actually accept that you might want more than one theme and even a high level of personalization.

Both KDE and (a well-implemented) XFCE -- and even Cinnamon which has not interested me enough to try very much -- are good DEs for end users looking for a slick out-of-the-box experience. However, for users who are more traditional or technically oriented, we are fortunate to have a wide range of DEs and WMs.

From a more personal perspective as a former KDE user, I came to realize that it was a waste for me to be running KDE as it did not want "social desktops" and the bells and whistles if offered. KDE simply does not allow me to work any better than Enlightenment which is much lighter, much faster loading, faster in general and completely configurable. The irony here is that Enlightenment is often viewed as some sort of oddball DE at the same time that "mainstream" DEs have altered the experience in ways that leave people simply scratching their heads.

EDIT: The more striking thing about the figures this year as I look at them is the fact that Gnome forks each out polled Gnome Shell. Further when added together Cinnamon and Mate (a really good traditional DE that has come a long way from the version 1.4 I knew) total 81 approaching XFCE's popularity.

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Old 02-12-2017, 11:58 AM   #36
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Understood, and can agree up to a point. XFCE out of the box may not have the same polish, but its adaptability means that distros can make it as innovative and polished an experience as any. See for example Voyager (which may overdo a couple of things, but is really slick) or the more conservative MX Linux. Both give great experiences with more modern feels and good to great aesthetics.

KDE may win out of the box, but there is a lot to be said for DEs that do not make you put up with flaws during its first 5-7 releases of a new version. I do think KDE is quite good, and its QT base now gives it an advantage as GTK+ developers put everyone through h*ll with the the breakage that accompanies their changes. Furthermore, unlike Gnome the KDE developers actually accept that you might want more than one theme and even a high level of personalization.

Both KDE and (a well-implemented) XFCE -- and even Cinnamon which has not interested me enough to try very much -- are good DEs for end users looking for a slick out-of-the-box experience. However, for users who are more traditional or technically oriented, we are fortunate to have a wide range of DEs and WMs.

From a more personal perspective as a former KDE user, I came to realize that it was a waste for me to be running KDE as it did not want "social desktops" and the bells and whistles if offered. KDE simply does not allow me to work any better than Enlightenment which is much lighter, much faster loading, faster in general and completely configurable. The irony here is that Enlightenment is often viewed as some sort of oddball DE at the same time that "mainstream" DEs have altered the experience in ways that leave people simply scratching their heads.

EDIT: The more striking thing about the figures this year as I look at them is the fact that Gnome forks each out polled Gnome Shell. Further when added together Cinnamon and Mate (a really good traditional DE that has come a long way from the version 1.4 I knew) total 81 approaching XFCE's popularity.
Point taken - a properly polished MATE, Cinnamon, or Xfce can be a lighter, full featured friendly DE with some distribution TLC and polish. I also live in openSUSE most of the time - openSUSE, Mint KDE, and Mageia all polish their KDE, which can be a little barren on say Debian or Slackware with its vanilla settings.

In many respects, I am very much attached to openSUSE and KDE, as I've mostly used them (even if I'm under Ubuntu at the moment) since childhood, and have spent time beta testing/bug reporting and have been part of the fora and wikis.

The standalone WMs in many cases absorb many of the basic functions of a DE, although for my general uses I prefer fairly integrated DEs. Plus I love in show off open source eye candy, and just upgraded my hardware.

But if my daily tasks were occasional web surfing and mostly setting up hacked servers with old hardware, bare WMs would make a lot of sense for me. I keep my old machines lying around alive with LXDE and MATE.

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Old 02-13-2017, 09:59 PM   #37
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When I first started with Linux, I used KDE 3.x on Slackware. I quite liked it for its configurability, because I am, at heart, a tinkerer.

After years of not using KDE, I have been using it Magiea (which out-of-the-box is quite KDE centric) and I'm back to using it on Slackware.

I must say I'm quite impressed with the current iteration, and I still like its configurability; it enabled me to turn off much of the sounding brass and tinkling cymbals that are on by default.
 
Old 02-15-2017, 12:54 PM   #38
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My first distro was Caldera OpenLinux, I had bought the discs and had to manually install Whatever version KDE was out, at the time. I think it was like, 5 different modules to it. I liked it but then eventually switched over to Gnome!
 
  


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