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froglinux 06-11-2006 02:03 AM

Other Linux Desktop
Hi Group,

What are the other popular desktop systems used under linux are popular, other then KDE and GNOME ?

Any detail about them ? Any url ?


truthfatal 06-11-2006 02:10 AM

XFCE is a popular DE (

A lot of people use the Fluxbox Window Manager (

Ha1f 06-11-2006 05:52 AM

there are a ton:

pixellany 06-11-2006 09:47 AM

Note that there is a distinction--however subtle--between "window manager" and "desktop environment".
I have not seen a precise definition, so this is only mine:
Window manager=something that interfaces with the X server and allows GUI programs to open windows
Desktop environment=Window manager + tools to help organize things--eg utilties, file browser, panels, toolbars, etc.

In my diddling, KDE, Gnome, and XFCE are the big three Desktop Environments. Note that Xubuntu is Ubuntu + XFCE. (Is this the only example of a major distro that pacages something besides KDE and Gnome?)

DeusExLinux 06-11-2006 12:53 PM

Most distros package things other than KDE and GNOME. Vector uses (or used to) IceWM, Arch comes with xfce if you download a complete iso.

There are many packagers/distro maintainers who realize not everyone wants to use KDE or GNOME. In fact, Knoppix comes with four or five different WMs.

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