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7 Best Desktop Environments For Linux (It's FOSS)

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Jason:
This article from It's FOSS isn't an in-depth comparison of the different Linux Desktop Environments (DEs) but it'd probably be useful to new users. Just ignore the video which is 3 1/2 years old.

https://itsfoss.com/best-linux-desktop-environments/

fox:
Nice summary; pretty unbiased. I'm surprised it didn't say anything about LXQT, which is where LXDE seems to be going. I like that they took the XFCE screenshot from Manjaro. Manjaro has done a great job, aesthetically, with XFCE. If you look at its default configuration in Debian, XFCE looks quite bland and unappealing. In the same vein, Peppermint has done a nice job with LXDE, and the version they show on Fedora is pretty bland. Pretty much any desktop shown on Fedora is going to look bland because Fedora's defaults are always unthemed. (Same with Debian I believe.) I'm pretty sure that the Gnome version shown is also from Fedora, and it looks much nicer in Ubuntu. If I had been writing the article, I would have chosen pictures that highlight what a particular desktop could be, aesthetically:

KDE - Kubuntu
MATE - Ubuntu MATE
Gnome - Ubuntu
Cinnamon - Mint
Budgie - Solus or Ubuntu Budgie
LXDE - Peppermint
XFCE - Manjaro

Jason:
I think you're right about the Gnome screenshot and Xfce looks crappy in every distro I've looked at except Manjaro. It just lacks not only the ascetics but also the two-pane program menu that most desktops have which is very handy. I seem to remember that some other distro did a good job of making it look good, MX Linux or maybe Linux Lite? Buster would probably know.

I have Lubuntu (which uses LXDE) on my laptop and I would not recommend it based on looks. But it is very fast. Strangely, Lubuntu is put together by the LXDE group so I'm not sure why it doesn't look better. It reminds me of Xfce honestly but maybe slightly less chunky. You're right that it looks good in Peppermint.
Even though I think that Pantheon is only used in one distro, it should have a mention, too. But then there are still lots of lesser-know environments that weren't mentioned like enlightenment, BlackBox, Trinity, and a few others that Arch mentions. And of course, LXqt which the LXDE people link to in their menu.I guess that LXqt was originally going to replace LXDE but instead both projects are continuing.

The best thing about Linux is that there are so many DEs to choose from. The worst thing about Linux is that there are so many DEs to choose from.

fox:

--- Quote from: Jason Wallwork on December 29, 2019, 01:11:53 pm ---....
The best thing about Linux is that there are so many DEs to choose from. The worst thing about Linux is that there are so many DEs to choose from.

--- End quote ---
Amen, brother.

buster:
"MX Linux or maybe Linux Lite? Buster would probably know."

Both of these work really well with older hardware. MX also has everything you need installed, and is very easy. Lite just works.

Mostly in these I miss the split window in files, but if you are married to Marilyn, more beauty in the house would be overkill. So really attractive desktops aren't a key issue. And either of these can be made to look quite nice.

They are quick and pleasant to use.

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