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8 Great Alternative Desktop Managers For Linux

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| Most of the Linux users should be familiar with Gnome and KDE since both of 
| them are the most commonly used desktop managers in the various Linux 
| distros. Now, if you are using an old PC with low hardware specs, you might 
| find that the above two desktop environments are too heavy for your computer 
| to handle.    



5 Least Popular Desktop Environments for Linux

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| KDE, GNOME, and Xfce are without doubt the most well-known desktop
| environments for Linux at the moment. They are utilized by majority of Linux
| Distributions simply because they are very much stable and usable. But did
| you know that there are other capable Free and Open-source desktop
| environments that you probably haven’t heard of?


Introduction to Linux: Desktop Environments

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| You undoubtedly notice that, although the functionality seems to overall be
| similar (with a few minor exceptions), everything seems to use a different
| name and/or is in a different place. If you've explored more than one
| distribution, this may even seem to be the case between Linux distributions.
| I'll be covering the more mainstream desktop environments, as well as
| suggested programs to replace the ones you've come to rely on in Windows.



More distros = more choice

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| With more than 300 active distributions (distros), Linux is on a roll. Linux
| distros primarily differ in terms of features since they are built on
| variants of the same kernel (32-bit/64-bit; with various features of the
| kernel enabled or disabled). “All the Linux distributions come from the same
| upstream kernel and what distinguishes each distribution is how they provide
| support, get ISVs to certify the ISV applications on the specific
| distribution, and how IHVs (Independent Hardware Vendor) get to do the same,”
| feels Nandu Pradhan, President & Managing Director, Red Hat India.        


Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop Options

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| In addition to Desktop environments there are window managers that are
| separate programs that manage the windows and interface that you use. The
| reason you would explore the option of a different window manager is that it
| will use much less resources than the GNOME or KDE Desktop. However, less
| resources in terms of RAM and CPU means more basic features. In initial
| testing in similar settings for each these are the results. It is very clear
| that GNOME uses considerably more resources than any of the alternative
| window managers.


[Tongue in Cheek:] Messiness is better

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| Had KDE not removed the problem, I could have set up Xfce. Had Xfce not
| solved the problem, I could turned to IceWM, Blackbox, Fluxbox, Afterstep or
| any of a couple of dozen other desktops or window manager.
| By contrast, had we been running Windows, she would have had to endure the
| problem, because only one desktop would be available for her (or perhaps I
| would have had to re-install). But, under GNU/Linux, I had an immediate
| choice of workarounds – and all because free software isn’t so rigidly
| organized that it has only one of everything. The redundancy that people love
| to decry makes an emergency far less urgent, so I, for one, hope that no
| distribution every tries to do much tidying.


Wide world of desktops

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| With that in mind, here’s a look at some of my favourite alternative desktops
| for Linux. They range from comprehensive to minimal, but they’re all great,
| and well worth a look if you want to try something new.


Three reasons to use KDE

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| Efficiency: The fast desktop
| Internet: The network desktop
| Applications: The useful, powerful and fun desktop


Three Reasons to Use GNOME

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| 1) Momentum
| 2) Features
| 3) Applications

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