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Old 06-23-2017, 04:51 AM   #1
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Best Desktop Environment for work


Probably someone use Linux at work and can help me out with some tips.
I have laptop plugged into external monitor, and I use both displays.
Currently it is Gnome Shell 3.24 I'm using, but I am experiencing some issues.
I use these extensions that are in my opinion useful:
- TopIcons Plus to move legacy tray to the panel
- Multiple Monitor Panels extension - not showing tray area on second display, date and clock not clickable, only application on primary monitor is showed in appmenu
- Dash to dock - works as advertised
- Pixel saver - no window buttons on secondary monitor
First of all, extensions can sometimes become unstable. Multiple monitor panels sometimes just disappear and can't be enabled again without logging out. If I disable all extensions via button or enable it freezes desktop for a minute.
But those are things I can live with. I would like to find out how to enable calendar notifications (iCal) from Outlook365 to receive meeting schedules on Thunderbird or Evolution. Another thing is that team chat client Hipchat becomes unresponsive from time to time, I can't click on another channel and have to reopen application. It seems to be Gnome Shell issue. This machine is used for Android development. On Windows Android Emulator chrashes often, where on Linux it works all day, and I can even run multiple instances without any problems! Any recommendation is appreciated, and not limited to just DEs, I am familiar with WMs like dwm, but I need something that integrates well with notifications and is easy and quick to setup.
Thanks in advance

By the way, this is the work machine: Dell Latitude E7440 i7-4600U, 12GB RAM and 256GB SSD.
 
Old 06-23-2017, 06:46 AM   #2
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I would like to find out how to enable calendar notifications (iCal) from Outlook365 to receive meeting schedules
These two things are not related to each other at all. Therefore it is not a really good title....

From my point of view use only what you really need nothing more. No funny effects, no plugins, just what is required for your work. Adding fancy features will eat up resources and probably make the system unstable/unresponsive.
 
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:46 AM   #3
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Best Desktop Environment for work

I've had great passed experiences with the stability of XFCE in the workplace.

My experiences with gnome shell has been of instability on Debian. I recently changed to KDE Plasma 5 and had great stability on Slackware. I am still not certain I like Plasma 5 because it has a lot of features I will never use.

My suggestion is that you try out a few environments to see which compliments your work flow best and go from there.
 
Old 06-23-2017, 12:23 PM   #4
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Personally, I always recommend the default GUI for any distro: it's what the developers use and what most users get, so it will always have fewer bugs with quicker solutions. I seem to remember a time when getting Gnome on Slackware was a major exercise! I'd stick to KDE; if you don't like that, install the standard Salix with Xdce.
 
Old 06-23-2017, 01:35 PM   #5
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I'd stick to KDE; if you don't like that, install the standard Salix with Xdce.
Keep in mind that stock Slackware also ships with Xfce.
 
Old 06-24-2017, 02:59 AM   #6
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@pan64 so you're suggesting me to go back to Windows 10, huh?
@mralk3 yeah, KDE is looking cool, but so much widgets that are a resource hog even on this machine. Yet, there's Android Studio which takes up a lot of memory.
But I might give XFCE a try. Also I used Slackware before, Gentoo, Arch, I can use anything I want, but I have some corporate AV thing that does support only LTS kernels.
Regarding these calendar events I receive notification on my Android phone lock screen. I saw it also on Windows and Mac, there must be some solution for Linux. It seems that KDE's contact supports that
https://userbase.kde.org/Tutorials/Kontact/Office365

Anyway, this is how it looks like: https://support.apple.com/library/co...ons_snooze.png
And on phone: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/4p...4l9oxefO9=h900

UPDATE: Found a solution after deep digging.
Outlook calendar needs to be shared, after that it will generate publish links. For Thunderbird there is Lightning plugin that enables calendar events. It works perfect. I think Evolution has it by default.

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Old 06-24-2017, 12:44 PM   #7
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For actual work and multi screens the only thing I use and recommend is the i3 window manager. Full de's don't do multi monitor right as far as I'm concerned. For daily driver use at home I use KDE though.
 
Old 06-25-2017, 03:51 AM   #8
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Try MATE. It is in fact Gnome2 forked and developed with the latest libraries. It is very stable. I use it on every Linux desktop i have (with Debian Stable and Testing) and it is very good. Most if not all modern Linux deistros have a MATE edition.
 
Old 06-30-2017, 05:33 AM   #9
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The most supported desktop other than kde and gnome is very probably MATE. It's gaining pretty wide usage. Xfce has had dead periods where little has happened. LXDE is a bit mixed on the support side and will probably turn into LXQT at some point. Wayland eventually replacing X may mean changes to the lot.

I'm a long term kde user, over 15 years. Noticing the comment too many widgets I can't see any other than I would expect on any desktop. The fancy desktop effects can be turned off. Base memory usage is a bit over 2gb but as linux will leave things in memory if the space is available and not needed it can get a lot higher than that - firefox use for instance will boost that figure enormously. I'd say it's fine with at least 4gb of memory and a decent graphics card. For instance all I am running at the moment is firefox
Code:
free && sync && echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches && free
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:      24616644    6712340   17904304     131856     412392    4563676
-/+ buffers/cache:    1736272   22880372
Swap:            0          0          0
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:      24616644    2444424   22172220     131856       1652     715328
-/+ buffers/cache:    1727444   22889200
Swap:            0          0          0
I'm running with swap disabled.

Personally I'm not keen on gnome based packages that use applications that must have file indexing and cataloguing running. KDE has moved away from that now so it can be disabled. As it turned out in my case qt was doing a bit as well but again easily disabled once I found out where it was setting this up.

I also have lxde installed running under openbox. Memory usage is much lower but the processor usage spikes are higher when apps are launched etc. I also install a late release of kde4 on an hp netbook. It worked well despite only having 2gb available. Haven't tried 5 yet on it because in my case it still has some 4 about that updates are slowly removing. When leap 42.3 has been released and been around for a few months I'll give that a try on it. The netbook was uselessly slow with the ms windows that came on it. It was fine running kde4.

I have to reboot to run lxde. It's the only way of getting a clean LXDE install. That may change eventually when xdg setting and things like the sddm greeter are fully sorted out.

If some one wants to try MATE Mint could well be the best distro to try for the easiest install. It seems it's pretty good at sorting drivers etc out right from the word go. I tend to stick with opensuse as I like to set up my install with gui's including the partitioning. Last time I looked around it was the only distro that could do this.

John
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