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View Poll Results: What is your favourite DE
KDE 75 43.86%
XFCE 52 30.41%
fluxbox 21 12.28%
blackbox 0 0%
fvwm2 9 5.26%
twm 2 1.17%
wmaker 3 1.75%
Gnome Mate 5 2.92%
Gnome2 1 0.58%
Gnome3 3 1.75%
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:31 AM   #31
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KDE (Eric's 4.10.4 packages - Thanks, Eric ), on my desktop and laptop; LXDE (Thanks, ponce ), on my netbook.
Old 06-10-2013, 10:13 AM   #32
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Fluxbox since it is very light weight and does what I need, but lately I am now using LXDE because it is also lightweight but offers a little more than what Fluxbox does.

Now that I finally have a new computer yes I could run KDE, but I feel my resources can be used for other things rather than just desktop eye candy. I did initially start with KDE4 with my new system just to get a feel for it, but quickly went back to a light environment.

LXDE or Fluxbox FTW.


I also would like to to ponce for the LXDE packages!
Old 06-10-2013, 10:19 AM   #33
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Although KDE is a lot more polished and full-featured, I prefer using XFCE. I love the minimalistic feel to it, and once it's configured properly it looks wonderful.

Aside from XFCE, I sometimes mess with Enlightenment. It's the best looking one out there, but I find it a little too unwieldy for everyday usage.
Old 06-10-2013, 11:32 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by Soderlund View Post
TWM is to window managers what C is to programming languages: you can always count on it being there on any Linux or Unix that has X.
More like Assembler
Old 06-10-2013, 11:58 AM   #35
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I use Xfce for the first 15 minutes of the life of a fresh installation. Just enough time to download a window manager of my choice.
Old 06-10-2013, 12:15 PM   #36
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I use fluxbox on my personal systems, and xfce when installing for someone else.

It's *always* with Slackware, which is the single key factor.

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None of the above.
Old 06-10-2013, 12:35 PM   #38
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:25 AM   #39
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KDE is my favourite

It is what I am used to from my Caldera Open Linux days. Although I like the look of Enlightenment.

Oh and yes, I like all the bells and whistles.
Old 06-11-2013, 11:30 AM   #40
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I use XFCE exclusively now as it seems to have just the right balance between functionality and appearance without too much bloat. When I first tried Slackware six years ago KDE seemed okay but when I came back to Slackware 14 last month I was getting all sorts of strange error messages that just don't happen with XFCE.
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I used XFCE a lot on older machines. For someone who takes time to learn desktops, I found that XFCE was easy, functional and un-intimidating. I used to dislike KDE3 as I did not find it had any advantaged over XFCE.

Having read about how popular fluxbox was in this forum, I had tried to learn it. I devoted a lot of time and I did finally manage to customize it to my taste, but then KDE4 came along and I loved it. I had to wait to upgrade my computers and I enjoy each and every bit of it.

Lately I read a blog entry by Alien Bob on razor-qt being a lightweight KDE, I am giving it a try but it is not as configurable as KDE. However I am surprised on how fast it feels. Even if I use KDE apps, they seem like they are running on a *box WM (well actually my razor-qt is using the Openbox WM). It feels a lot like KDE3, but I can live with that. Still it takes time to get used to it, and I am still without a native battery monitor.

Conclusion: I vote for KDE. It just works and it's complete. XFCE comes at a close second.
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i3 for me, KDE for my guests. Since this poll is lacking more than one option, including my favorite, I am not going to vote.
Old 06-11-2013, 02:32 PM   #43
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KDE 4.9.5 (alien) as my desktop; I think it's a great release. I also use XFCE on some older computers.
Old 06-11-2013, 02:38 PM   #44
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I use Xfce mostly because even on my faster system, it keeps my resources available and not only looks nice, but functions just as well as KDE or any other desktop.
Old 06-12-2013, 02:56 PM   #45
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I chose Xfce, but I am currently transitioning all systems to Openbox with a tint2 panel. I'm finding that I don't really need a full-blown DE any more, and I really like Openbox.


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