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What's your favorite desktop environment? This isn't limited to just Linux to you Mac and Windows users! ;) If you prefer Windows, just say Windows. Same with Mac.

Given the recent changes to some Desktop Environments, what do you think now? What about some of the upcoming DE's such as Windows 8 with Metro? Thoughts, concerns?

asked Sep 06 '11 at 17:54

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edited Jan 22 '12 at 00:29

Why was this reported?

(Sep 06 '11 at 18:35) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

Y Did someone report this? and I am a windows person all the way...

(Sep 06 '11 at 19:17) Master 18 Master%2018's gravatar image

Coral. . .

(Sep 06 '11 at 19:27) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

Oh and GNOME 2 or 3? I'm guessing 2.

(Sep 06 '11 at 19:34) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

Look at the report, this question has close similarity with a favorite OS, though this one is slightly more directed with linux environment.

(Sep 06 '11 at 19:41) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

No, the question has a negative. It says it's NOT limited to Linux, Mac or Windows users, so I answered with my favorite TARDIS desktop theme.

(Sep 06 '11 at 19:46) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

Its not directed at any specific OS. It just so happens that with Linux, you can have many different Desktop Environments while on Windows and Mac you have what is given to you.

@ryebread761 Well actually I like both Gnome 2.x and Gnome 3. I see Unity and Gnome 3 as the future, and I like how they work. But I still love the old traditional Gnome 2.x

(Sep 06 '11 at 22:27) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

I reported this. 2 people reported it

(Sep 06 '11 at 22:56) Studio66Designs Studio66Designs's gravatar image

I don't see anything wrong with this question. It wasn't asked before.

(Sep 07 '11 at 00:17) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

I can see this is more like a "what is your preferred OS"

(Sep 07 '11 at 00:58) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image
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Personally I prefer Workbench in AmigaOS. It's highly customizable and the startup scrip is completely at your control...somethings i just need a CLI for, and I like the fact you have the same functions from a Command Line Interface (for those of you who are A.D. (After DOS) in Amiga DOS as you do from the Workbench. I still wish WinBlows was a DOS based system. I also like the fact that everything is arranged intuitively. All libraries (.lib) go in the LIBS directory, all drivers (.dev) in the DEVS, fonts (.font)in the FONTS, icons (.icon) in the ICONS, etc. But I've heard Winblows 7 is organized this way, maybe because the current owners of Amiga, Inc. sold their souls, and probably technology to the devil (Bill Gates). Bit I just figured out what a .dll is last year. For me .lib, i.e. math.lib, is more intuitive. My systems partition is ASSIGNed the name of System, my Work Partition, Work, Play, Play, Programs, Programs....This cuts down on backups since only the Work partition needs to be routinely backed up. and the total amount of memory and free memory is displayed at the top of the window. The clock can be "snapshot"ed to anyplace in the main window. You can have any number of independent screens open, limited only by available RAM.

answered Jan 23 '12 at 13:59

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Tabatha Basco

Windows 7 is a bit more organized than earlier versions. I love the command line, its a powerful tool once you learn how to utilize it fully!

(Jan 23 '12 at 16:00) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

I am a gnome 2 or XFCE guy. gnome 3 and unity both bite.

answered Sep 06 '11 at 20:02

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I was so confused when I saw Gnome 3. I've never had to LOOK to find the terminal before. very frustrating interface.

(Sep 06 '11 at 22:59) FizzNakLe FizzNakLe's gravatar image

I also LOVE Windowmaker. Though I wish it was still suported.

answered Sep 06 '11 at 20:04

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Unity is very pretty and nice but still unstable, so my answer is gnome 2.3.2 (i think that is correct version), in fact GNOME2 :) Windows is , no matter what other people say, very pretty and rich with lots of different options. and yes, i hate , hate, hate kde. :)

answered Sep 06 '11 at 20:23

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Ivan Tomica

I don't like KDE because it reminds me too much of Windows, though oddly enough I do like Windows.

(Sep 06 '11 at 22:36) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

For Linux, LXDE Otherwise, I like Windows 7's desktop ( but I love spaces in OS X)

answered Sep 06 '11 at 22:56

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I am an Unity/GNOME Shell user. I haven't honestly picked between the two, they both have their pros and cons. But I seem to lean towards Unity more. The launcher though always bothers me by popping up all of a sudden in Unity. You don't really have to worry about that in GNOME Shell. Only when you go to the top left hand corner.

Given the recent changes to some Desktop Environments, what do you think now? What about some of the upcoming DE's such as Windows 8 with Metro? Thoughts, concerns?

I thought I would include a picture of what my desktop looks like from time to time (since I like to tweak things, but I can't really decide what I like XD) Anyways, when I'm running GNOME Shell on my ubuntu 11.10 partition, this is what it looks like for me... Yes it is an ICS theme lol XD alt text

answered Jan 22 '12 at 00:29

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edited Jan 22 '12 at 13:37

Preferred Gnome 2 over here and windows XP. Haven't had the need to upgrade past XP on my other partitions over here for windows. But linux wise its gnome through Ubuntu.

answered Jan 22 '12 at 01:21

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No I had to ask this, but do you like the "new" GNOME or do you like Gnome 2.x?

(Jan 22 '12 at 13:33) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

Windows all the way with me. I use the Windows partition on my Macbook more than the OS X partition, lol. I love that you can customize Windows 7 to your liking, and no one can stop you. Here's my Windows 7 laptop (Dell Latitude D620) running Home Premium.

P.S. I know it's the Windows 7 Beta fish, I like it :D It goes with my whole theme at the dock.

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My desktop.

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This is the dock, it's just personalized with the Windows orb, and the fonts are different.

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This is the modified Windows Explorer, it looks pretty nice :D

answered Jan 22 '12 at 01:39

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DJ Scooby Doo

edited Jan 22 '12 at 01:40


I must say thats a REALLY nice Windows 7 desktop you got going there ;)

(Jan 22 '12 at 13:34) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

Why thank you! :D

(Jan 22 '12 at 19:23) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Mac for sure. You can just tell in Mac how is was developed for the user from the very beginning. its much more personal and intuitive than any experience I've seen in windows or linux. Windows was built mainly focused toward business application but mac has been directed to personal use from the very beginning. I ran windows my whole life and switched about a year ago and ill never go bad to having windows on my main computer. Ive used Linux a bit too but i just don't view that as an every day use OS. I think of linux for servers or development or diagnostics.

answered Jan 22 '12 at 18:28

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Then as for the second part I love windows metro UI in windows 8 on tablets, not so much on the desktop though. As a desktop OS though it looks pretty amazing. Probably the best tablets I've seen.

answered Jan 22 '12 at 18:31

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