10 Best and Most Popular Linux Desktop Environments of All Time

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Aaron Kili

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30 Responses

  1. Ryan says:

    I just wanted to say “Thanks for the list”. I’m always looking for something new to mess with, and my current usage is as follows (all on top of Slackware):

    KDE Plasma (for when I’m lazy or “need” things done “for” me; also love the polish and commercial feel – sometimes)

    Xfce (when I want speed and simplicity; I treat it as a glorified WM, for when I want to polish my command line skills, but still want/need a graphical interface for other tasks)

    Enlightenment (for when I want to feel uber cool and have a fully customized desktop and act like I know how to use it :P )

    Keep up the good work!

  2. lzone says:

    Are you kidding me ? Where is i3wm.org ? That’s the best one. Obviously It’s not for everyone.

    • Robert says:

      Desktop Environments are not Window Managers. i3wm is a WM like openbox, fluxbox, metacity, kwin, pantheon. Don’t mess with them.

  3. Aaron Kili K says:


    That is true, Metacity was the default window manager in GNOME 2. Many thanks for the useful correction.

  4. Hannar says:

    Clarification on Gnome 3 desktop, Mutter is the default window manager and not Metacity. Avid Mate user but finding Gnome 3 more and more appealing…

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