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You can now vote for your favorite projects/products of 2020. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 17th.


View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
Budgie 2 0.55%
Cinnamon 26 7.16%
Deepin Desktop Environment 0 0%
Enlightenment 6 1.65%
Gnome Shell 37 10.19%
Lumina 2 0.55%
LXDE 15 4.13%
LXQt 3 0.83%
MATE 31 8.54%
Moksha 2 0.55%
MoonLightDE 0 0%
Pantheon 0 0%
Plasma Desktop (KDE) 129 35.54%
rox 2 0.55%
Trinity-DE 4 1.10%
Unity 4 1.10%
Xfce 100 27.55%
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Old 12-23-2020, 10:22 AM   #1
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Desktop Environment of the Year

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

Old 12-24-2020, 12:54 PM   #2
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Rox (desktop) always gets my vote even though it is no longer developed.
Old 12-25-2020, 11:17 AM   #3
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Knowing that I cannot vote for it for good reasons: Plasma, I guess. I heard a lot of good things surrounding its recent developments and I admit that I'm surprised.
Old 12-28-2020, 06:58 AM   #4
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KDE, because Plasma5 has made it to Slackware -current where I'm finding it very nice to use.

Another category where I find it difficult to pick just one. I use a few DEs/WMs, but two are tops for me.

Xfce is close to a tie with Plasma5, with it's release just over a year ago that didn't break usability for me. If that solid and steady progress continues with the recent release getting ready to land in a few distros, next year's poll choice for me will likely be Xfce.

Old 12-28-2020, 11:29 AM   #5
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KDE , but also XFCE

I think KDE has in the long run a more clear vision with fewer backtracks and sidetracks than gnome or unity . I like that also in XFCE.
Old 12-28-2020, 08:20 PM   #6
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Of the DE's I much prefer KDE. XFCE is okay, but I find KDE's default set of applications superior to XFCE's. But that's just me.

Unity, of course, is now in the dustbin.

I loathe Gnome with the fire of a thousand suns. In these days of ginormous monitors, why the heck do they think application windows should be maximized by default? Plus they spell "simplify" as d-u-m-b-d-o-w-n. (As an aside, I put attribute this to Mark Shuttleworth's thoroughly discredited notion of "convergence," the notion that users are too stupid to adapt to using different interfaces on different types of devices.)
Old 12-31-2020, 11:06 PM   #7
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Voted for KDE. Kwin is the killer feature for me. It can be used in other Desktop Environments but it works best with Plasma. I also like the Application Dashboard menu a lot.
Old 01-01-2021, 08:22 PM   #8
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XFCE, but KDE is super nice - just too much for my laptop.
Old 01-04-2021, 12:59 PM   #9
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Old 01-05-2021, 04:46 PM   #10
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KDE, tho Trinity is a close second.
Old 01-08-2021, 12:55 PM   #11
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By far, MATE. XFCE is a close second, and KDE Plasma is third.

GNOME isn't even on my list.
Old 01-11-2021, 06:36 AM   #12
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Xfce. Simple, lightweight, but still has many great features.
Old 01-12-2021, 03:15 AM   #13
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KDE when there is sufficient system resources.
icewm for older (AntiX)machines
Old 01-15-2021, 06:45 AM   #14
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Currently my desktop of choice is NsCDE. Since it's not there I'll have to go with Xfce I suppose.
Old 01-18-2021, 03:48 PM   #15
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Why is no DE not an option?

Surely many prefer no desktop environment. That should be an option.


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