Best Linux Desktop Environments With Pros and Cons
When it comes to select your best Linux Desktop Environment (DE), then there are numerous DEs to choose from. I’ve been using Linux for a long and I’ve tried almost all major DEs until I found the one that I needed for my primary work. You finally have to stick with one DE to work better.
The following list gives the 5 Best Linux Desktop Environment. Although there are many out there this list will help you in choosing the one you need in less time. So let’s start with our first Linux Desktop Environment. And Don’t forget to rate the DE that you like and also comment on the best features of the DE you are using.
Best Linux Desktop Environments
- The most advanced and powerful Desktop Environment
- Highly customizable
- Looks modern and sleek
- Compatible with Slower/old hardware
- Some components like Kmail are way too complicated for an average user
- If you read our Top 4 Open Source Email Clients For Linux, I mentioned the advancement of Kmail configuration which is not easy for a newbie.
It also comes with many popular Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Mageia, Debian, and many more. If you read my post on the Release of Ubuntu 15.04 Beta 1, there you read that Ubuntu MATE, for the first time is an official release.
Welcome Ubuntu MATE official Release for the first time. Now it’ll be easier for the users to keep their software updated, as all of its components are now in Ubuntu repositories.
- Works fine with old/slower computers
- Lightweight Desktop Environment
- I don’t know, If you know please comment below. MATE Just works fine.
- Extremely polished
- Familiar with New users could be buggy sometime
- Makes Gnome more usable by forking some core apps
- Highly customizable
- Could be buggy sometime
Gnome is used as default DE in Fedora and is offered in several popular Linux distributions as flavors, such as Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSUSE, and many more.
- Simple, easy to use
- Extensions can extend their functionality
- Lacks many features found in other desktop environments
- Extension management is poor
Unity has a different user interface. It has a launcher on the left side and on top of the launcher, the search icon ‘Dash’ exists. When a user searches a file on the dash, it gives results not only from Hard Disk but from online sources, such as Google Drive, Facebook, Picasa, Flicker, and more.
It also gives options to hide the launcher and show it when touching the sidebar. A user can also increase/decrease sensitivities for showing up the launcher menu.
Add to that auto-hiding menu and a lack of official support by any major distributions, and Unity becomes extremely counterproductive.
- New technologies like HUD
- Customizable by third-party applications
- Poor implementation of notifications
- Very few default tools for customization
- Inconsistent UI
End of List “Best Linux Desktop”
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