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Linux Desktop Environments: before eat it

rich1n profile image Richard Rodrigues ・2 min read

So many flavors, so many distros; sometimes we have so many options and don't know where to choose or what to think about Linux Desktop Interface?

I share a list with the top 8 Linux Desktop Environments (+ the resource consumer in descendant order).


KDE Plasma is desktop environment by the KDE software community is one of the most customizable graphical desktop environments. Available for the Linux family OS. The tools and utilities shipped with KDE Plasma are collectively known as KDE Applications.


Based on GNOME 3, it is the default desktop environment on Linux Mint. Cinnamon can be customized and moulded to work the way you want it to. You can change the wallpaper, add and position panels, add applets to the panels (Desklets) can also be added to the desktop which provide news, weather and other key information.


It's a graphical shell developed by Canonical for Ubuntu. Unity runs on top of GNOME desktop environment and uses most stock GNOME apps and tools. The Ubuntu team has forked a few GNOME components to better suit the needs of Unity users.


Designed with a goal of providing simplicity, ease of access and reliability to the users. Customizable desktop environment uses the X Window System display server and support for Wayland.


Simple, elegant and productive environment. Works on others distros as Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Manjaro among others; well designed and sleek user interfaces for absolute productivity.


developed by Solus Project for free and open source Solus Linux Distribution. Writen from scratch, but tighly integrates with the GNOME stack.


Designed for Elementary OS (a Windows and MacOSX like Linux distro) offers a clean organized desktop experience. simply, without lots of many visually features.


Intuitive and appealing desktop environment, as an extension of GNOME 2. works on Linux and other Unix-like systems. MATE is a lightweight desktop environment and highly customizable, you can add panels, change the desktop wallpaper and generally make it look and behave the way you want it to.


A lightweight desktop environment for Unix OS. it aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. it's highly customization. Everything can be customized and adjusted so that it looks and feels the way you want it to.

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It’s worth noting some of the more lightweight options as well.

  • i3wm - Probably the most popular tiling window manager right now. Super lightweight.
  • Open box - Another very lightweight window manager, this one stacking instead of tiling.
  • LXQt/LXDE - An even lighter-weight DE than XFCE and the DE of choice for Lubuntu, Ubuntu's lightest-weight distro.

You might have forgotten one kind of linux desktop: the no-desktop, as in

  • use some (tiling?) window manager
  • use a launcher (like dmenu)

You're done!


I don't understand the headline. Is "eat it" a desktop manager?


The headline is a mess. I'm thinking something got lost in translation because it makes no sense. I've never heard anyone call a DM eat it.


Is it too difficult to write an article about GUI with the screenshots of each environment?


A nice way to test out different Ubuntu-based distros is to use Tasksel. Very cool! Check it out!


After years of distro hopping searching for "my best Linux GUI" I stopped on cinnamon and Mate.


never ran across tiling window managers? srsly?


Tiling Windows? Little or substance in this article ? bio says it all trying to impress I am going back to Reddit this platform sux