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Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby crunchor » 2019-12-19 12:56

I am new and have no idea, any suggestion?
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby neuraleskimo » 2019-12-19 15:21

I use KDE (and have with few exceptions since the 0.9 days), but have used Gnome and XFCE. All are good. I like all of the knobs that KDE gives me to tweak. However, the simplicity of Gnome is also appealing, but its lack of configuration keeps me using KDE (that is just my experience and others may disagree). My advice is try all three and see what you like.
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby sgage » 2019-12-19 15:42

I prefer the MATE Desktop Environment - it is quite full-featured and integrated, but relatively light weight compared to the Gnomes and KDE's and such. But really, it's just a matter of personal preference.
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-12-19 15:57

GNOME. It's the most polished option and also the default so it has more people testing it.
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby Hallvor » 2019-12-19 19:27

There is not a "best" desktop environment, just like there is no objectively best flavor of ice cream. It boils down to your own preferences.

For me, it is KDE: Lighter on resources and more options. Gnome will be fine for most tasks. I used it in the past and really liked its simplicity. The downside is this: You must use the command line interface for some tasks that you can point and click in KDE.

Oh, and you get gems like KDE Connect.

https://www.slant.co/versus/1124/4160/~ ... kde-plasma
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby arochester » 2019-12-19 20:08

There is not a "best" desktop environment, just like there is no objectively best flavor of ice cream. It boils down to your own preferences.
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The nearest to "best" is the one YOU like and which suits YOUR computer...
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby stevepusser » 2019-12-19 20:24

arochester wrote:
There is not a "best" desktop environment, just like there is no objectively best flavor of ice cream. It boils down to your own preferences.
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The nearest to "best" is the one YOU like and which suits YOUR computer...


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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby neuraleskimo » 2019-12-19 20:35

I have to say that I am impressed with the calm discussion. In the old days, Gnome vs KDE would cause horrible fights. I still have nightmares!

To all of you who remember those days, I have only one thing to say. EMACS!!! [sound of me running to hide] ;-)
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby NFT5 » 2019-12-19 21:47

Hallvor wrote:There is not a "best" desktop environment, just like there is no objectively best flavor of ice cream. It boils down to your own preferences.

For me, it is KDE: Lighter on resources and more options.


Agree, even though I don't find KDE that light.

I use KDE on my desktop (and love the features and configurability) but MATE on production machines and notebooks. Fewer options means employees aren't as likely to tweak it to the point where it doesn't work. I've also tried XFCE and it is a bit more full-featured than MATE but still very light. All, with the possible exception of Gnome can be configured to look, and work, almost any way that you like.
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby neuraleskimo » 2019-12-19 22:31

By the way, opensource.com is running a series on Linux desktops that they are calling the "24 days of linux desktop". See
https://opensource.com/sitewide-search?search_api_views_fulltext=24%20days%20of%20linux%20desktop
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby eor2004 » 2019-12-19 22:49

sgage wrote:I prefer the MATE Desktop Environment - it is quite full-featured and integrated, but relatively light weight compared to the Gnomes and KDE's and such. But really, it's just a matter of personal preference.

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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby MagicPoulp » 2019-12-20 09:10

Best for what?

I use enlightenment because it is the one just after Gnome and KDE that has a near future with wayland. I like wayland since I often experience tearing under Linux and X11.

I prefer Gnome to KDE since I prefer GTK to GT (and I prefer C to C++ that I think is faster at low level). And Enlightenment uses Enlightenment Foundation Libraries which is also in C.

Gnome is the standard, and already has wayland working. Gnome is probably the best to save time. I like not to pick the thing for the masses. I need to remove my old Ubuntu habits. I also belive Gnome takes more resources, especially in the graphics.

I kind not like the gnome monopoly (cf systemd, initd, etc).

I have no issues with enlightenement, except that I don't have time to build it for wayland manually lol.
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Re: Which desktop environment is the best for Buster?

Postby Hallvor » 2019-12-21 18:10

NFT5 wrote:Agree, even though I don't find KDE that light.


KDE Plasma 5.17 uses slightly less RAM than XFCE, and the difference increases as you start more and more applications. It is certainly not as fat as the rumor says.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevang ... 2a30e26d21
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