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Old 06-11-2006, 02:03 AM   #1
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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 ?

Old 06-11-2006, 02:10 AM   #2
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XFCE is a popular DE (

A lot of people use the Fluxbox Window Manager (
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there are a ton:
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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?)
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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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