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Offline Jason Wallwork

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Favorite Desktop Environment
« on: February 11, 2020, 01:46:36 am »
Pick one choice and after two weeks see the final result. Hope everyone participates in this one. Would love to see what people use.


Reply and let us know why the DE is your favorite.
  • What do you like about it?
  • Are there any downsides that you care to share?
  • How fast do you find it compares to the others?
  • What kind of hardware do you use it on?
« Last Edit: February 11, 2020, 01:48:41 am by Jason Wallwork »
Primary: Dell Desktop i5 - 3.2 GHz w/ Kubuntu 19.04 / Win 10 Pro - 512 SSD + 4 TB RAID 10 Array
Secondary/Test:  Toshiba i3 - 1.4 GHz w/ Windows 10 Pro and Linux Du Jour (Lubuntu 20.04 dev right now)
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra w/ Android 8.0
Huawei T10 w/ Android 7.0

Offline fox

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Re: Favorite Desktop Environment
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 07:43:26 am »
For me, it's Gnome. I started with it, got used to it, switched to Unity for a few years when Ubuntu had it as a default, and then back when Gnome became the Ubuntu default. I don't like vanilla Gnome, but the customized version that Ubuntu uses is nice. It's attractive, puts the dock on the left where I like it, and has a nice icon theme. I can find apps easily with it. I like the menubar as well, though the one in other DEs is just as good.

The biggest downside is that the clipboard isn't working properly, with the cut/copy command moving text to the clipboard only half the time (every other copy). I never experienced this in Ubuntu before version 19.10 and I don't know if it affects any other distro. Hopefully it will go away in the upcoming 20.04 LTS.

Speedwise, any DE I've ever used feels about the same as this one. My computers aren't new, but they're fast enough and I have SSD's in all of them.

Hardware: 2011 and 2015 iMacs, Dell xps 13 2 in 1 laptop, 2012 Mac mini.

My second favourite DE is Cinnamon; I use it in Mint as my main distro on my office (2015) iMac. It can be set up more or less the same as Gnome, and works similarly except it provides a proper menu. (Gnome doesn't really have a menu, but the combination of favourites on the dock plus quick search by pressing the command key actually seems faster than a menu.)

Generally I prefer the DE that comes with the distro (thus Gnome on Ubuntu and Cinnamon on Mint). When I was trying out Manjaro, I liked the way that XFCE worked on it. I think that this is because the devs put the most effort into their default DE, making it work best. The 'buntus is a bit of an exemption in that each 'buntu is maintained by a different group.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2020, 07:51:35 am by fox »
Ubuntu 19.10 and openSUSE Leap on 2011 iMac
Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.3 on "late 2015" 5k iMac
Ubuntu 19.10 and 18.04 on Dell XPS 13 2 in 1

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Re: Favorite Desktop Environment
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2020, 03:14:15 pm »
Thanks for your comments, Fox. When I'm feeling a bit better, I'll get around to writing why I like Plasma. Btw, it looks liked you wrote your comment but didn't vote in the poll? I think the option is still there if you want to do it.
Primary: Dell Desktop i5 - 3.2 GHz w/ Kubuntu 19.04 / Win 10 Pro - 512 SSD + 4 TB RAID 10 Array
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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra w/ Android 8.0
Huawei T10 w/ Android 7.0

Offline fox

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Re: Favorite Desktop Environment
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2020, 09:30:08 pm »
Didn't see the poll, but I voted.
Ubuntu 19.10 and openSUSE Leap on 2011 iMac
Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.3 on "late 2015" 5k iMac
Ubuntu 19.10 and 18.04 on Dell XPS 13 2 in 1

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Re: Favorite Desktop Environment
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2020, 10:48:00 pm »
I haven't really done much testing of DE.  I have been using the Cinnamon DE in Mint and it is fine.
My one must for a DE, is a one click shut down icon/button.  Mint takes 3 clicks but I found a hack that gives me a one click shutdown button.

I also run Lubuntu on another notebook computer, with the default DE and it has a 2 click shutdown  icon.
Mint 18.3 on an HP Pavilion X360, 11" k120ca notebook
Tried Mint 19, but too many bugs. Went back to Mint 18.3
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Re: Favorite Desktop Environment
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2020, 08:48:15 pm »
Have an equal affinity for Mint CINNAMON, and Kubuntu's PLASMA.

I suppose I could vote as buster and BusterE to get both in. Now becuse this is about Linux, I will refrain from saying I like Win10. To do so would be very rude.
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Re: Favorite Desktop Environment
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2020, 09:04:35 pm »
Have an equal affinity for Mint CINNAMON, and Kubuntu's PLASMA.

I suppose I could vote as buster and BusterE to get both in. Now becuse this is about Linux, I will refrain from saying I like Win10. To do so would be very rude.


Sure, I'll allow the other login to have a vote too, if you remember your password for it. :)


As for the comment about Windows 10, it's not a desktop environment. It has one, but it's not one. So it'd be not only rude but false! And that's the worst crime!
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Re: Favorite Desktop Environment
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2020, 09:55:11 pm »
If he did that, I would offset him with MacOS, just for spite.  :P
Ubuntu 19.10 and openSUSE Leap on 2011 iMac
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Re: Favorite Desktop Environment
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2020, 02:37:37 am »
If he did that, I would offset him with MacOS, just for spite.  :P


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Primary: Dell Desktop i5 - 3.2 GHz w/ Kubuntu 19.04 / Win 10 Pro - 512 SSD + 4 TB RAID 10 Array
Secondary/Test:  Toshiba i3 - 1.4 GHz w/ Windows 10 Pro and Linux Du Jour (Lubuntu 20.04 dev right now)
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra w/ Android 8.0
Huawei T10 w/ Android 7.0