I believe the key lies in Ubuntu migrating from Unity 7 to 8. How can a desktop that has already been around for some time start gaining market share. With that change there will be major hiccups to be had and people will turn to the likes of Ubuntu GNOME —a distribution that should be considered a best in breed.
KDE is the most customizable and flexible desktop environment available out there. KDE, rather than being only a desktop environment, is actually a collection of applications, one of which is the desktop environment itself. The latest iteration of KDE is called Plasma, which comes in two variations – Plasma Desktop and Plasma Netbook.
Although everything sounds good for Arch; on the flip side, Arch could be harder to install; I have written a guide to assist users in getting started with Arch Linux. However, to keep your system optimized, remove what you don’t use and keep only what’s going to run on your system. You can easily install multiple DEs on Arch to see which one works the best on your hardware.
It comes with over 30,000 free packages (pre-compiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine). It is a Unix-like computer operating system that is composed entirely of free software. Debian is one of the most widely used and popular Linux distributions that gives you easy access to application software without pre-installing them.
They’ve held onto the old ways, all the while managing to evolve that same take on the desktop in such a way as to make it look and feel modern. What they want (something easy on the eyes). From the eyes of the typical end user, KDE is perfect amalgam of what they need (ease of use) vs. One of the reasons why I believe KDE will rise in popularity this year is that the developers get the needs of the user.
MATE comes with a collection of basic applications, most of which are forks of GNOME 2 applications. One other thing that makes MATE wonderful is that it consumes only a very small amount of memory for itself and thus is able to function properly on older and less powerful hardware.
If you are looking for a modern, open source, lightweight and easy-to-use, desktop environment for Linux and several other Unix-like systems such as such as Mac OS X, *BSD, Solaris and many others, then you should consider checking out Xfce. It is fast, and importantly user friendly as well, with low system resources utilization.
It provides a very modern look and feel, dispensing with a standard menu and instead providing a bar containing quick launch icons and a dash style display for browsing applications, files, media and photos. Unity is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu.
GNOME is designed to be easy to use and customizable. The latest iteration, GNOME 3 has a modern and attractive user interface and aims to provide better support for touch-based devices. GNOME is one of the most popular desktop environment in the world of Linux distros. Many of the popular Linux distros use GNOME as their default desktop environment and it has some popular forks, such as – Cinnamon, Unity etc.
Which of the above desktop environments is your favorite. Let us know via the feedback section below by sharing your Linux desktop computing experience with us, you can as well inform us of other less known, yet powerful and exciting desktop environments not mentioned here.
To that end, I’m going to list which distros will rise to the top of their respective heaps. Of course, we cannot just create a list of operating systems and say “these are the best,” not when so often Linux can be very task-oriented.
There’s a very good reason CentOS continues to stand at the top of this hill—it’s derived from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) sources. With RHEL, you benefit from official Red Hat support. It should come as no surprise here that CentOS remains the Linux darling of the server room for small- and medium-sized businesses. The major difference between Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS (besides the branding) is support. On the contrary, since 2004, CentOS has enjoyed a massive community-driven support system. Because of this, you know you are getting as reliable a server platform as you can find. So, if your small- or medium-sized business is looking to migrate a data center to an open source platform, your first stop is CentOS.