ratnmgn wrote:Hi all,
I used to use gnome 2.3 on ubuntu and it was perfect for coding my c++ , wxwidgets (codeblocks) , php and bash stuff.
Gnome 3 and Unity are just terrible for programmers, and I like to switch to Mint now. I was wondering if anyone prefered a specific desktop for their coding, and why?
I don't think desktop matters very much from a programming point of view. I don't use Gnome3 or Unity mainly because of their reputation and what I have seen of Unity via reviews. I don't like the cell phone look of the Unity desktop. To each his own, but I like Xfce and KDE, because I can find what I need and do what I want. Just personal preference. I can easily install scripts files as right-click actions in Thunar, and XFCE has no problem running script files. I used to use Mate until one day I found I couldn't click to run a script file from the Mate desktop. That was the end of Mate for me. I think a case can be made for Xfce as using fewer system resources and therefore compiling stuff a little bit faster, but the difference probably is not that great. With Xfce and Gnome2 looking and feeling so similar, I don't know what the purpose of Mate was.
I really like Jedit as a source code editor, because it supports macros and has a ton of other cool features. I think text editor may be the most important choice for a programmer.
My desktop runs 64-bit Kubuntu 13.04, my htpc runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia Xfce, my answering machine runs 64-bit windows 7, and my laptop runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia KDE. Each seems suited to its purpose.