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Kenny_Strawn 08-22-2010 05:21 PM

ubuntu-desktop vs. kubuntu-desktop vs. xubuntu-desktop vs. lubuntu-desktop vs. unity
What DE do you prefer to use in Ubuntu? Please explain your votes.

dixiedancer 08-22-2010 08:40 PM

I've tried them all. It took a year to pick a favorite because they're all really awesome! Linux offers so much more to choose from than Windows did.

I've settled on Xfce4 because it's really fast (in fact, there's no noticeable difference on my old hand-me-down Dell between Xfce4 and the ultralight LXDE) yet still full-featured (compositing, applets, that kinda stuff, plus very cool apps). It feels kinda sorta like "Gnome Lite," actually. Much simpler though (IMO). But I borrow alot from the others... Gnome and KDE apps, and the wonderful PCManFM file manager from the LXDE project.


RockDoctor 08-23-2010 05:30 PM

Although LXDE isn't quite up to GNOME and XFCE in terms of features, I really like the fact that LXDE doesn't bring with it nearly as much extra (meaning not useful to me) baggage as the other two desktops. As for KDE, every time I try it, I find I don't really like it. It's great to have choices!

Timothy Miller 08-23-2010 05:35 PM

KDE here. I can't stand the look of gnome and XFCE, and how you have to go to 75 different places to configure gnome (I know it's done on purpose to keep it small and modular, I hate it though). I use LXDE occassionally, but most of my machines are robust enough that KDE runs great, so I just run it.

XavierP 08-23-2010 06:18 PM

I'm using Openbox + Fbpanel. It does the trick for me.

Kenny_Strawn 08-23-2010 06:30 PM


Originally Posted by Timothy Miller (Post 4075495)
KDE here. I can't stand the look of gnome and XFCE, and how you have to go to 75 different places to configure gnome (I know it's done on purpose to keep it small and modular, I hate it though). I use LXDE occassionally, but most of my machines are robust enough that KDE runs great, so I just run it.

What version of KDE?

Timothy Miller 08-24-2010 04:09 AM

Whatever is the shipping version on the distro I'm using. On Kubuntu I believe that's 4.4.4? Debian Testing & SID 4.4.5. And Arch is 4.5.

jay73 08-24-2010 12:17 PM

Gnome mostly. On older computers or in virtual machines, I'll use fvwm-crystal (totally undervalued!) and if I have access to a large screen (say 25" and up) and I need to do mostly text related stuff, a tiling manager like wmii or musca. KDE makes me dizzy, I get irritated by window managers that have floating menus only (say fluxbox) and I get pissed off by those that have those annoying sticky menus that won't collapse by simply moving the mouse away (like IceWM). XFCE and LXDE are OK, I just find that, for some reason, I simply don't use them once they have been installed.

Edit: oh yes, and I haven't voted because the selections do not cover my case. I always install a command line system and then I add only what I want. Here is a list of the packages from ubuntu-desktop that I did not install:

The following NEW packages will be installed:
aisleriot app-install-data-partner at-spi{a} avahi-autoipd avahi-utils{a} bcmwl-modaliases{a}
bluez bluez-alsa bluez-cups bluez-gstreamer bogofilter bogofilter-bdb{a} bogofilter-common{a}
brltty brltty-x11 cdparanoia checkbox{a} checkbox-gtk computer-janitor{a}
computer-janitor-gtk couchdb-bin{a} desktopcouch{a} dnsmasq-base{a} empathy empathy-common{a}
eog erlang-base{a} erlang-crypto{a} erlang-inets{a} erlang-mnesia{a} erlang-public-key{a}
erlang-runtime-tools{a} erlang-ssl{a} erlang-syntax-tools{a} erlang-xmerl{a} espeak
espeak-data{a} evince evolution evolution-common{a} evolution-couchdb evolution-exchange
evolution-indicator evolution-plugins{a} evolution-webcal{a} example-content
fglrx-modaliases{a} foo2zjs gbrainy ghostscript-x gnome-accessibility-themes gnome-bluetooth
gnome-codec-install gnome-disk-utility gnome-games-common{a} gnome-mag gnome-mahjongg
gnome-orca gnome-screensaver gnome-sudoku gnome-user-share{a} gnomine gstreamer0.10-alsa
gstreamer0.10-nice{a} gstreamer0.10-plugins-base-apps gstreamer0.10-tools{a}
guile-1.8-libs{a} gvfs-fuse gwibber{a} gwibber-service{a} hpijs{a} hplip hplip-data{a} ibus
ibus-gtk{a} ibus-m17n ibus-table im-switch{a} indicator-applet-session indicator-me{a}
indicator-session{a} inputattach jockey-common{a} jockey-gtk kerneloops-daemon
language-selector libavahi-gobject0{a} libavahi-ui0{a} libbrlapi0.5{a} libclutter-1.0-0{a}
libclutter-gtk-0.10-0{a} libcouchdb-glib-1.0-2{a} libdesktopcouch-glib-1.0-2{a}
libdotconf1.0{a} libespeak1{a} libexchange-storage1.2-3{a} libgadu3{a} libgail-gnome-module
libgdu-gtk0{a} libgmime2.4-cil{a} libgnome-bluetooth7{a} libgnome-mag2{a} libgnome-pilot2{a}
libgnomepanel2.24-cil{a} libgssdp-1.0-2{a} libgstfarsight0.10-0{a} libgtk-vnc-1.0-0{a}
libgupnp-1.0-3{a} libgupnp-igd-1.0-2{a} libhpmud0{a} libibus1{a} libindicate-gtk2{a}
libkpathsea5{a} liblaunchpad-integration1.0-cil{a} libloudmouth1-0{a} liblouis-data{a}
liblouis0{a} liblpint-bonobo0{a} libmeanwhile1{a} libnice0{a} libnl1{a} libnm-glib2{a}
libnm-util1{a} libpcsclite1{a} libpisock9{a} libpisync1{a} libportaudio2{a} libpst4{a}
libpurple-bin{a} libpurple0{a} libsctp1{a} libsdl1.2debian-pulseaudio libsilc-1.1-2{a}
libsilcclient-1.1-3{a} libsnmp-base{a} libsnmp15{a} libspectre1{a} libspeechd2{a}
libtelepathy-farsight0{a} libubuntuone-1.0-1{a} libwmf0.2-7-gtk libzephyr4{a} lksctp-tools{a}
min12xxw mobile-broadband-provider-info{a} modemmanager{a} mscompress{a} nautilus-sendto
nautilus-sendto-empathy{a} nautilus-share network-manager{a} network-manager-gnome
network-manager-pptp{a} network-manager-pptp-gnome{a} notify-osd notify-osd-icons{a}
nvidia-173-modaliases{a} nvidia-96-modaliases{a} nvidia-common{a}
nvidia-current-modaliases{a} obexd-client{a} onboard openprinting-ppds pcmciautils
pm-utils-powersave-policy policykit-desktop-privileges ppp{a} pptp-linux{a}
pulseaudio-module-bluetooth pxljr python-appindicator{a} python-avahi{a} python-brlapi{a}
python-configglue{a} python-couchdb{a} python-cups{a} python-cupshelpers{a}
python-desktopcouch{a} python-desktopcouch-records{a} python-farsight{a} python-fstab{a}
python-ibus{a} python-indicate{a} python-louis{a} python-openssl{a} python-pam{a}
python-papyon{a} python-pexpect{a} python-pyatspi{a} python-pycurl{a} python-pyinotify{a}
python-serial{a} python-smbc{a} python-speechd{a} python-telepathy{a} python-twisted-bin{a}
python-twisted-core{a} python-twisted-names{a} python-twisted-web{a} python-ubuntuone{a}
python-ubuntuone-client{a} python-ubuntuone-storageprotocol{a} python-virtkey{a} quadrapassel
rdesktop{a} rhythmbox-ubuntuone-music-store screensaver-default-images simple-scan smbclient
speech-dispatcher{a} splix syslinux{a} system-config-printer-common{a}
system-config-printer-gnome system-config-printer-udev{a} telepathy-butterfly{a}
telepathy-gabble{a} telepathy-haze{a} telepathy-idle telepathy-mission-control-5{a}
telepathy-salut{a} tomboy tsclient ttf-indic-fonts-core ttf-kacst-one ttf-khmeros-core
ttf-lao ttf-punjabi-fonts ttf-takao-pgothic ttf-thai-tlwg ttf-unfonts-core ttf-wqy-microhei
ubufox ubuntu-desktop ubuntuone-client{a} ubuntuone-client-gnome{a} usb-creator-common{a}
usb-creator-gtk vinagre wpasupplicant xcursor-themes

Kenny_Strawn 08-24-2010 06:07 PM

I personally like GNOME Shell (the proposed panel, menus, and overview for GNOME 3.0) and KDE (>= 4.2).

Kenny_Strawn 08-31-2010 04:06 AM

${BUMP}, as this thread hasn't been replied to in several days.

fragos 08-31-2010 01:07 PM

I was originally a SuSE KDE user but when I switched to Ubuntu I decided to give Gnome a two week trial before permanently committing to Gnome. Although KDE gave me a deeper level of control I found Gnome to be more intuitive for me and made the switch.

Kenny_Strawn 08-31-2010 01:44 PM

I really am mostly a GNOME user too, Fragos, because I really like the ability for fine-grained customization of the panels. And GNOME Shell is no different: you can hack the theme to do plenty of interesting things like, for instance, incorporate RGBA in the panels and Overview.

ecy3323 08-31-2010 09:45 PM

kde all the way looks far better than Gnome

Mark1986 09-01-2010 02:28 AM

I use Xubuntu, I love to use XFCE. The others just didn't feel right or they were too bloated for me.

dixiedancer 09-01-2010 07:29 AM

I like Xfce because it's kinda like "Gnome Lite" for me. It runs faster on my little hand-me-down 'puter than Gnome did (in fact there's no noticeable difference in my experience between Xfce and LXDE!), it's simpler (so even a little dixiedancer can figure stuff out), and it's prettier too. Just a wee bit of compositing from the Xfce window manager, cool little panel applets like the weather and an analog clock, translucent panels (as many or as few as I like), very customizable.

Plus I found that Xubuntu (until Lucid, that is) did not ship with that troublesome PulseAudio or invasive Plymouth software (and no Mono either if that matters to you). The newest version (Lucid) of Xubuntu, however, ships with both. Kinda ticks me off actually that they include it now, since none of the default applications depend on PulseAudio... but that's a whole 'nother thread.


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