Which Linux/UNIX desktop do you prefer?

  • Posted: 19 August 2007 03:54 AM

    For those of you who use Linux or another UNIX-like system, how do you like your desktop? Is it GNOME or KDE? Do you prefer something other than the big two, such as Window Maker, xfce, or fluxbox/blackbox?

         
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    Posted: 19 August 2007 05:18 AM #1

    I’ll vote GNOME.  I’ve never much cared for what I’ve seen in the KDE desktop, though I do think its slowly getting better.

    I will note my current Linux machine is setup with WindowMaker, but I very rarely use the graphical interface on the fileserver.  If I were going to setup a Linux machine for daily desktop use, it would be GNOME.

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  • Posted: 19 August 2007 05:51 AM #2

    I’ve always liked Window Maker best

    As far as looks go, I prefer Window Maker, usually with the chumbo style and the sunset background.

    I also like blackbox. But these wm’s don’t always have the functionality of KDE or GNOME, so it’s a tradeoff.

    In Jaguar, I’d run XDarwin and use Window Maker fullscreen as my window manager, but now I just use the aqua-like wm in X11.

    I’ve used KDE in Linux, but not recently, and it wasn’t as responsive as I’d have liked. I’ve never tried GNOME on my own machines.

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  • Posted: 19 August 2007 11:19 AM #3

    Every once in a while I see a screenshot of the latest KDE and it piques my interest. I decide to try it again, but something about it rubs me the wrong way and I end up going back to GNOME.

    I also like Window Maker and Fluxbox a lot but they are missing some of what you expect from a full-fledged, modern desktop right off the bat, so I don’t end up sticking with them very long. I don’t want to spend a lot of time tweaking these environments to my liking on a machine on which my X11 use is relatively rare anyway.

    In the end, GNOME feels like the most comfortable and easy option if you don’t want to futz with it a lot.

         
  • Posted: 31 August 2007 02:57 PM #4

    Back when I was using Linux, I kept KDE and AfterStep available. I wasn’t a Gnome fan… the apps never appealed to me and there was at the time a snotty attitude among some that Gnome was the One True Desktop. I was running Linux partly to get away from that kind of attitude, and the KDE users & developers struck me as more the “welcome to the party, have a beer” type of people I wanted to associate with.

    I ran AfterStep primarily, with KDE as a backup, because AfterStep was wicked-fast on my beige G3. KDE run well enough, but seemed just a little pokey. I still have the G3 set up as a guest system, and I’m seriously thinking about switching it back to Linux instead of trying to burden it with a later version of OSX.

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    Posted: 31 August 2007 07:08 PM #5

    I agree with David that there is just something about KDE that annoys me.  Every time I’ve sat down at a KDE machine, something about it just made me go “Meh, this is annoying.”

    I will note that my GNOME decision is actually backed up by what I do now.  I have a UNIX desktop at work, and I use GNOME on it 100% of the time these days.  GNOME works well for me, but I’m glad KDE is out there for the people that was that kind of desktop.

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