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Old 04-03-2017, 05:50 PM   #1
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Hi. I've been using Linux since the year 2000, but as my only OS since 2002. I've tried and tested dozens of distros, and dozens of DEs. I've used KDE, Gnome2, and all the others (Xfce, Mate, Enlightenment, Cinnamon, Gnome3, Plasma, ummm.... basically most of them).

I'm pretty proficient at installing most distros. I'm presently using Antergos, before that Manjaro, before that SolydXK, before that Ubuntu Studio, before that Debian, Fedora, openSuse, you get the picture.

I am even working at an installation of Arch from the ground up inside a virtualbox, but most installations were not VM, but right to my HD.

Now I posted who I am, let me ask an honest question: Which desktop environment do you prefer? My favorite for awhile has been Xfce, but on this Antergos machine I have multiple DE's installed and am writing inside Gnome 3, which I'm learning about because like most, I've steered clear of it. So what's your favorite desktop environment?
 
Old 04-04-2017, 01:16 PM   #2
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Hi. I've been using Linux since the year 2000, but as my only OS since 2002. I've tried and tested dozens of distros, and dozens of DEs. I've used KDE, Gnome2, and all the others (Xfce, Mate, Enlightenment, Cinnamon, Gnome3, Plasma, ummm.... basically most of them).

I'm pretty proficient at installing most distros. I'm presently using Antergos, before that Manjaro, before that SolydXK, before that Ubuntu Studio, before that Debian, Fedora, openSuse, you get the picture.

I am even working at an installation of Arch from the ground up inside a virtualbox, but most installations were not VM, but right to my HD.

Now I posted who I am, let me ask an honest question: Which desktop environment do you prefer? My favorite for awhile has been Xfce, but on this Antergos machine I have multiple DE's installed and am writing inside Gnome 3, which I'm learning about because like most, I've steered clear of it. So what's your favorite desktop environment?
KDE, hands down!

I think this has been asked before, like https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...wm-4175581975/
 
Old 04-04-2017, 01:23 PM   #3
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I'm an Arch guy, so you can probably guess I prefer a minimalist ("only what I need and specifically install") DE ... For that reason, I usually use LXDE. The one exception is on my Surface Pro 3, where I'm currently using Gnome because of its HiDPI support.

Cheers,
 
Old 04-04-2017, 01:55 PM   #4
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none.
my own.
currently fluxbox/pcmanfm/palemoon/tint2/mpv/conky etc.

oh and display managers are bloat. startx ftw!
 
Old 04-04-2017, 03:31 PM   #5
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My own custom desktop with LFS here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ct-4175542914/
 
Old 04-04-2017, 11:43 PM   #6
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When I first used Linux, I didn't know from DEs to WMs to Kleenex, but I quite liked the default on Slackware 10.x, which was KDE 3.x. After a while, I needed something lighter on my computer (the RAMs were numbered in megs, not gigs, back in those days), so I switched to Fluxbox and, thanks to Klaatu's podcasts, became adept at it. Since then, Fluxbox has been my go-to environment.

But I must say I am quite taken with KDE v. 4, now that the bugs have been worked out and I've learned how to silence the more annoying bells and whistles and configure it up to my liking. I am currently using it on all three of my computers.

I also rather like XFCE, but I always make that annoying dock thingee go away. Why do I need a dock when I have a menu?

I will add that, although I know how to use Gnome, I don't like it. The Gnome Foundation has chosen to believe that "simplify" and "dumb down" are synonyms.

KDE beats Gnome in configurability six days a week and twice on Sundays.

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Old 04-04-2017, 11:48 PM   #7
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XFCE all the way!

Lite and fast is always nice.

I've found KDE to be an incredibly RAM hog and the new Gnome IMO is a mess.
 
Old 04-05-2017, 12:07 AM   #8
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I've found KDE to be an incredibly RAM hog and the new Gnome IMO is a mess.
I'm lucky that my computers these days got enough RAMs. KDE can hog all it wants and I have plenty left to play with. But, yes, KDE uses lots of CPU cycles compared to other DEs; that's why I started using Fluxbox in the first place all those years ago.

I've found that LXDE is a quite nice light-weight DE, especially if you install LXmenu, a graphical tool for editing the LXDE menu that relieves you from having to figure out dot-desktop files.

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Old 04-05-2017, 12:07 AM   #9
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KDE, because while I CAN do things the hard way...I don't want to.
 
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Old 04-05-2017, 12:08 AM   #10
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KDE, because while I CAN do things the hard way...I don't want to.
That made me chuckle. Thanks. I needed a chuckle.

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Old 04-05-2017, 01:20 PM   #11
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I'm lucky that my computers these days got enough RAMs. KDE can hog all it wants and I have plenty left to play with. But, yes, KDE uses lots of CPU cycles compared to other DEs; that's why I started using Fluxbox in the first place all those years ago.

I've found that LXDE is a quite nice light-weight DE, especially if you install LXmenu, a graphical tool for editing the LXDE menu that relieves you from having to figure out dot-desktop files.
Yeah, I've tried LXDE and I agree it is nice. Simple and has ease of use that's practical:-
 
Old 04-05-2017, 07:23 PM   #12
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I have no favorites. I just use what is installed by default :-]
 
Old 04-05-2017, 07:41 PM   #13
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Gnome 3 has a great multimedia framework built in. It doesn't require much customization, because it's initially correct. KDE is good too. I upgrade my hardware frequently, so I use the hardware hungry DEs.
 
  


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