One of the most important things to consider when using linux is your desktop environment. Your desktop environment is what your desktop…
@robb
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Gnome. Very sane defaults and flow, customizable. Also fully navigable both via mouse and keyboard, which works great for me since I navigate my system and apps using both almost equally. It’s gotten hate for relying on extensions, but for me it makes it feel modular and customizable.

RandomSomeone
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KDE Plasma. Unless you’re a keyboard heavy user, there’s no reason not choosing it. It’s the overall winner hands down.

poVoq
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After being puzzled all these years why anyone would choose Gnome over KDE Plasma, I think I have finally figured it out: Laptop users with keyboard preference and only a touch-pad otherwise do seem to have a better time on Gnome.

But for anything with a mouse attached: KDE Plasma all the way :)

@SameExpert
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Plasma.

The first reason I prefer it is that when internet becomes unavailable while connected to the router, it changes the icon. The second is that is settings easy and KRunner is very handy. The third is that it looks cool for me, especially while using Latte Dock. It’s transperancy effects are very impressing. The fourth is the integration of server-side-decoration for Qt apps (with Latte Dock).

TL;DR, the above reasons are completely based on look & feel and ease of use

grtcdr
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KDE Plasma, it’s been nothing but a great experience, it’s a beast of an environment. Plus, its accompanying software ecosystem makes it 10x better.

@marmulak
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Gnome 3 40 by far

mickie
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I really enjoyed the Deepin Desktop Environment.

@SudoDnfDashY
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I did too. It’s pretty great for windows users.

Ivan Jurišić
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My personal choice is MATE Desktop Environment

@AgreeableLandscape
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I’ve tried GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, just to see what they’re like, but I always find myself coming back to KDE.

@pinknoise
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Sway for myself, GNOME for my friends :D

IngrownMink4
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GNOME 40 <3

kazutrash
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XFCE

@unterzicht
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i3 on x11, but I guess that’s not a Desktop Environment technically.

@Reaton
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XFCE is my go-to when I need to choose a DE (but tbh I’m always on a tiling WM so I don’t really know if another DE would suits my needs better).

Tmpod
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I’ve tried XFCE, Cinnamon, Budgie and Plasma. All are great, but I think I like the latter the most. The amount of functionality, customization and community support is amazing.
I’m always open to try new stuff though

Tmpod
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Oh and I very much disagree with the speed ratings for KDE, GNOME and Cinnamon. They are not that bad, certainly not as slick as XFCE on older machines but they all ran decently in a 12 year old machine (tested about 3 years ago, so I’d say it’s likely there have been good performance updates since then).

Wesley
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I’ve been using XFCE with BSPWM as my window manager and I love it

@LukeSky
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Lubuntu 18.04 on my old laptop. Fast and simple to use, but there aren’t many customizations.

@linkert
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So much wrong in this article I cringed all the way back to 2010…

Kromonos
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My choice is Mate since it was forked from Gnome 2. I tried many other like Trinity, KDE, Gnome 3, DWM, i3, XFCE and more, but I always fall back to the classic design of Mate.

Tucumano 88
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Lxde…old computer

@Valso
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From all DEs I’ve ever tried, only Cinnamon met my needs and requirements - highly customizable (almost limitless) and also this is the only DE that can run apps from any other DE whereas the other desktops can’t brag about the same.

@Echedenyan
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Trinity DE and GNOME.

@PeterLinuxer
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I doubt that usability is the same for every user. Some may find KDE the most usable, others XFCE and so on…

And Gnome gets a rather bad review, I’m not sure if that’s fair.

I personally don’t use a desktop environment at all, just a window manager.

erpicht
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This article is far too brief, providing no explanation of the ratings (how different are the speed ratings of 10 for LXDE and 2 for GNOME?) and the blurbs offer the same information as the first two sentences of the websites for each DE (or Wikipedia).

If this intended for newcomers to Linux who are unsure which DE to use, the comparisons to Windows XP/7/10 and MacOS make sense, but then, why include number ratings? Newbies likely won’t know how to weigh those factors. And if it is for those looking to choose a DE, where are the photos showing us the default set-up and a configured version? Eye candy is a vague, unqualified quality. People have different tastes. Pictures would fix this.

And to pick apart the short blurbs discussing each DE, is there so little positive to find in XFCE that praising its speed is the go-to, despite giving LXDE a higher rating in that respect? And what about GNOME is unorthodox? The information given rates it as simple and clean, but slow, unintuitive, and difficult to customize. Is there any reason to use GNOME? What is simple and clean about it?

If this article were framed as a personal blog post recounting one’s experience with each environment, containing personally meaningful numeric ratings, I would be less critical. However, titling an article What Is The Best Desktop Environment For You without giving me more than surface level introductions and relying on equating them to Windows and Mac renders this cheap clickbait. I level these critiques as a newcomer who expected to learn something while reading this.

lemmyuser2
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I use Trinity DE from Q4OS. It’s very light, so it’s good for older pcs or laptops. It fits me very well because I want something that doesn’t eat my computer resources away. But the downside is that it’s not very customizable as other DE. Well, maybe not yet. If you prefer performance over looks, I think it can be a good choice for you.

Tucumano 88
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You know if can it be installed on Fedora 33?

lemmyuser2
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I’m not sure what you’re asking about. Q4OS is based on Debian 10.

craigevil
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MATE

@JNX_Complex
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XFCE for my PCs that have limited resources MInt for my daily driver. GNOME and KDE are good but I’m too old skool to change my ways now.

@adrianmalacoda
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I like xfce. As a former GNOME 2 user it’s familiar to me, I set it up the way I like it and it doesn’t change often.

Kenneth Dodrill
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I was on XFCE for a year or so, then switched to GNOME around this time last year. Last week I just switched to Sway which I’ve been super happy with!

@JNX_Complex
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XFCE for my PCs that have limited resources MInt for my daily driver. GNOME and KDE are good but I’m too old skool to change my ways now.

@Echedenyan
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You posted twice.

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