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View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
Budgie 1 0.32%
Cinnamon 35 11.08%
Deepin Desktop Environment 3 0.95%
Enlightenment 3 0.95%
Gnome Shell 33 10.44%
Lumina 1 0.32%
LXDE 14 4.43%
LXQt 6 1.90%
MATE 32 10.13%
MoonLightDE 0 0%
Pantheon 1 0.32%
Plasma Desktop (KDE) 93 29.43%
rox 3 0.95%
Trinity-DE 5 1.58%
Unity 4 1.27%
Xfce 82 25.95%
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:42 AM   #16
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I'm torn between Cinnamon and XFCE. On one hand, Cinnamon always feels more usable to me, especially with it's exposŤ-like overview of all running Windows. It's fast enough that I'm able to use it on the computer I'm using right now, which is significant, since it's an almost ten-year-old Vista machine. It has it's flaws, however: it's dependence on languages like Python and Javascript (especially JavaScript) make it feel sluggish at times (especially on a laptop that's even older than this machine). The fact that the Window manager also does practically a million other things does not help, and neither does the fact that a whole bunch of visual themes are suddenly no longer supported.

XFCE on the other hand is very lightweight, and very customizable. It's modular design allows many of it's components to operate in such an independent manner, they can actually be quite useful on other Desktop Environments (such as xfce4-appfinder, xfce4-screenshooter, and thunar). I also find it to be quite stable, even more so than Cinnamon, and it beats Cinnamon in RAM consumption, as well. On the down side: the window manager's built-in compositor tends to cause video players to tear all the time, which gets real annoying, real fast. (I use Compton instead.) Also, on one version of Ubuntu (I can't remember if it was 14.04, or 16.04), one component, xfdesktop, somehow interferes with gnome-terminal, although other terminals are not affected. Thankfully, this does not affect Ubuntu 18.04.

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Old 01-11-2019, 04:16 AM   #17
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What I use every day, KDE Plasma. Currently installed Version: 5.14.4
 
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:51 AM   #18
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I didn't vote LXDE, but I do use it on my netbook for which it's pretty much perfect. It can't really handle Xfce, and LXDE, which I've been running for over a year, is perfect for my needs on that machine. So think about it from a hardware perspective and what one needs - and expects - to do on particular computers.

I voted LXQt, as the LXDE next-gen. It's up and coming, as they say.
Interesting. For lightweight but nice to use I choose xfce. On hardware that can't handle even that (and I do have a lot of vintage hardware around there) I just pick fluxbox. Tried lxde for a while but I consider it ugly and broken.
 
Old 01-12-2019, 09:03 AM   #19
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Mate DE, mate!
 
Old 01-12-2019, 09:08 AM   #20
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Mate DE, mate!
It's an awesome DE alright.
 
Old 01-13-2019, 07:27 PM   #21
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XFCE. I think it's the most stable desktop environment and requires relative low resources.
 
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:19 AM   #22
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XFCE. I think it's the most stable desktop environment and requires relative low resources.
It's my second favorite after MATE.
 
Old 01-14-2019, 08:20 PM   #23
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KDE without a touchscreen, GNOME with a touchscreen. Although extensions and stuff exist, the default GNOME 3 really killed distro theming and customization, and ties hands behind your back. I can tolerate though in some cases with some tweaks
 
Old 01-15-2019, 03:36 AM   #24
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KDE on all my machines.
 
Old 01-15-2019, 01:28 PM   #25
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Don't use straight DE's all that much anymore, but I'd have to say: Mate all-the-way!
Sure as hell miss Gnome 2.x (2.32.x) *cries* :P
 
Old 01-22-2019, 07:13 AM   #26
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XFCE on the other hand ... .. It's modular design allows many of it's components to operate in such an independent manner, they can actually be quite useful on other Desktop Environments (such as xfce4-appfinder, xfce4-screenshooter, and thunar).
I always admired the way that XFCE4 manages the desktop with one simple application, xfdesktop. I wish more desktop environments used this approach.
Despite that i'm a huge sucker for Kwin and Plasma, so my vote went to KDE.
 
Old 01-22-2019, 12:56 PM   #27
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If you're looking for Fluxbox, Window Maker or similar options - they are in the Window Manager of the Year poll.
I don't understand the difference between a "destktop environment" and a "window manager." Does anyone ever use one of each at the same time?

In any case, I'm not voting for any of these because they all compete with the best (most practical, least bothersome) desktop, IceWM.
 
Old 01-22-2019, 02:06 PM   #28
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Used to be a Gnome guy (since v1.0) but v3.0 made me want to rip my own eyes out. KDE (plasma) convert and love the implementation on openSUSE. Tried Plasma on other distros but never found a more stable implementation than on openSuse. Yes, it looks like Windows, which I hate, but it is so configurable and so powerful.
 
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:10 PM   #29
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I don't understand the difference between a "destktop environment" and a "window manager." Does anyone ever use one of each at the same time?

In any case, I'm not voting for any of these because they all compete with the best (most practical, least bothersome) desktop, IceWM.
So a DE is a full environment like KDE, Gnome or Xfce4: they each use a window manager to manage windows (!) but also have a ton of other functionality built in. Window managers only manage windows, nothing else. Some window managers include "root menus" which pop up a menu when a user clicks on the root window. You are using both when you use a DE but only a window manager when only using a window manager. That's not redundant at all....
 
Old 01-22-2019, 02:39 PM   #30
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Mate is my favorite...
 
  


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