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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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I'm a windows user , if I ever needed to use a Mac I could get by , and for a bit I used ubuntu.

answered Jan 22 '12 at 22:56

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So do you like the UI of Windows better?

(Jan 22 '12 at 23:24) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

Personally for useability I would say KDE 3. I've been experimenting with modifying KDE so it uses less resources w/o luck. But KDE was simple, sweet, good looking, and fast.

answered Jan 23 '12 at 15:59

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I'd vote for this if KDE 3.5.x wasn't so outdated. But dude, KDE 3.x is ooolllld. In computer-years it's older than me!

(Jun 08 '12 at 20:05) AlanStryder AlanStryder's gravatar image

2 answers.

The first is KDE 4.x Nothing beats it in terms of customization. NOTHING. The last time I used it was over a year ago, and I stopped for 1 reason--it was still buggy as hell and I got fed up. I'm really tempted to try 4.8.x, but I just cannot bring myself to install it again.

The second is in the complete opposite direction, and is what I switched to from KDE: Xfce. It's light and simple and stable as a rock. And it can look pretty sweet if its tweeked enough.

For now, my final answer is Xfce.

answered Jun 08 '12 at 20:03

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Personally, now I'm more of a KDE 3/4 guy for a desktop. I like the customization, but I also like how easy it is to learn. 2nd favorite is the Finder for the Mac OS while Windows 7 is 3rd. However, I don't like how Windows 8 is coming along. Don't get me wrong, we need Windows for competition in the market, but Windows 8 will be a mistake. Windows 7 is a pretty good OS, nearly on par with the Mac OS as well in therms of a desktop environment.

answered Jun 08 '12 at 20:14

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Being a Linux guru of sorts, I use Openbox and array of programs (parcellite, thunar, and tint2 to name a few) for my Desktop Environment.

answered Jun 08 '12 at 23:01

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Wow that's old-school. It sounds like you're not just running it inside gnome or something. I'd love to see a screenshot of how you've customized it.

(Jun 09 '12 at 13:47) AlanStryder AlanStryder's gravatar image

I never used anything other than a Windows so I'll go with Windows.

answered Jun 09 '12 at 09:07

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I like windows so far. There is a lot you can do with it, and its pretty straight forward. I haven't tried Mac too much, and Linux I am a bit familiar with.

answered Jun 09 '12 at 10:46

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Curtis Coburn

Windows: Windows 7 version of Aero, looks beautiful. It also has some cool desktop effects that I like ( snap, shake, peek, flip 3d)

Linux: Four way tie with Unity, Gnome Shell, MATE (GNOME2 fork), and Cinnamon. All are also nice looking and have their own pros and cons. Unity has been pretty stable as of Ubuntu 12.04.

answered Jun 25 '12 at 01:51

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edited Jun 25 '12 at 01:53

Unity is stable, unless you have an nVidia card. Seems to draaaaaaaaaaaaag and go sloooooooooooow on my machine. And it is brand new.

(Jun 25 '12 at 12:24) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image

Kinda reminds me on what Linus Torvalds has to say about Nvidia.

(Jun 27 '12 at 12:08) archaeme archaeme's gravatar image

@Drmgiver there are PPAs where you could bet the latest drivers, which are more stable.

(Jun 27 '12 at 12:09) archaeme archaeme's gravatar image

if unity is running slow on your new machine there is something seriously wrong with your new machine specially if you are saying widows is faster since Ubuntu unity the whole OS and program sit on less then 6 gb of HD space I have a lap top new with quad core and 8 gb of ram and have yet no matter how I try to use more then 2 gb of ram

laptop runs like a rocket first boot up with win 7 out of the box explorer locked it up and needed cold shut down and reboot second boot explorer locked up trying to down load chrome installed Ubuntu never looked back ..

im not a windows hater far from it used windows for 18 years, when you have this much computing power and cant get a simple browser to run with out crash or a down load without lock up time to find a new way ..

answered Jun 25 '12 at 14:04

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edited Jun 25 '12 at 14:07

The Mac GUI is my favourite.

answered Jun 27 '12 at 08:16

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