Poll: Desktop environments

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Which desktop environments do you use?

Cinnamon
1476
30%
Fluxbox, OpenBox, Blackbox, *box
147
3%
Gnome Fallback
149
3%
Gnome Shell
464
9%
KDE
543
11%
LXDE
316
6%
MATE
963
19%
Other non-listed DE (Enlightenment, Trinity, RazorQT, ROX) or not using or planning to use any of the DEs listed in this poll.
101
2%
Unity
182
4%
Xfce
642
13%
 
Total votes : 4983

Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby scharkalvin on Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:34 pm

I am using Gnome2 on Mint9, but hope to upgrade soon to KDE on Mint13.
Laptop was using Mint13-XFCE, but I'm now trying out KDE. If my laptop (dual core2dual at 1.8ghz and 1gb ram ... thinkpad R60) can hack KDE I may switch to that. Might need to upgrade the ram to 2-4gb (cheap enough), otherwise I may go back to XFCE or try out Cinnamon.
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby jlane01 on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:49 am

I like the cinnamon desktop, but am using KDE 4.9.0 right now. I'll probably try and stay with this for a while.
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby baptiste on Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:48 am

zen_monkey wrote:Openbox! i've been using it since before the DE's revolution (gnome-shell, unity, and such) and altough i'm still in the works of having some stuff working (a bit lazy... :wink: ), some windows just won't respond to "unlock" buttons or stuff like that, i love it's simplicity.

I have Gnome-shrek installed and also cinnamon for either when someone else borrows my laptop or something doesn't work. Cinnamon looks nice but still fails to me on the wireless networks menu and turning the card on and off (maybe just a driver thing, BCM4322), i'll be looking for updates on it but in the mean time i can just congrat it's team for the work done and hope the good things keep coming.


Cheers!


you can always try to remove the network manager (apt-get remove network-manager, or is called gnome-network-manager) and try to use wicd instead.
though the solution would be a better driver hopefully available in a future release
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby igor83 on Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:31 pm

I'm a Linux Mint fan and like to follow the news about it, but don't use it because I can't. I tried many times, with many distros (not just LM), but you know the story between ATI (and to a lesser extent Via) and linux. Ran into too many difficulties during install, not limited to crashes but also having to do with silent non-functioning Realtek sound and sluggish flash in Firefox, little hardware issues that are a big deal for me, and I don't know any gurus that could wave a magic wand and fix everything. I run Windows XP and it works great, and I'm sticking with it as long as I possibly can, but I think in the future I want to transition to LM on at least one of my rigs, possibly the htpc, if I can ever acquire a fully (and easily) compatible motherboard that's a no-brainer for installing Linux.

I think that Windows is all wrong because they emphasize big and faster systems, but actually the trend is to downsize and consume less power and generate less heat. Most people want HTPC, that is the wave of the future, and the ability to play video files of all kinds is essential. While OpenElec does offer a great distro for AMD/ATI, including one specifically for the AMD Fusion family, it is rather limited compared to Linux Mint and would definitely be an appliance computer rather than a jack of all trades. I prefer more flexibility in an htpc, being able to load a lot of different applications and not being limited just to watching shows. So I think eventually Linux Mint may attract more of the green, low-power htpc crowd, particularly as XP shows its age more and more with each passing year. Sooner or later new Windows apps are going to drop support of XP.

I also like Linux Mint for aesthetic reasons as I think it is just nicer to look at, and I like the green on the web site as well.
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.
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby herbie643 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:45 pm

I use Mate and love it. I tried Cinnamon but found, not to be rude, disjointed. Go here for this setting, go there for another. No centralization. When you right-click on the desktop and choose Change Background, that's it. Nothing else, UNLESS you go for All Settings (I think). But if you click on the taskbar Settings they are something else. Then you have to take into account the 'Shell' which I would equate to 'Controls' from the Gnome 2 theme management. Then go someplace else for icons. Sheesh. Mate is sooo simple to use. Of course I am old Gnome 2 user so I guess you could say I am biased, perhaps in a big way.
Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth.
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby eren on Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:23 pm

Mate
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby mysoomro on Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:42 am

KDE is my favorite Desktop Environment.
When I started using mint; Katya was the release that I got. I installed GNOME in it. Didn't like it much, so changed to KDE. But It used to freeze a lot. Somehow managed to go on.
Life became a lot easier with Lisa KDE. It was really great. Used it for a long time. And there were almost no freeze or speed issues..
When Maya came, I couldn't control myself. And got an image for Maya Cinnamon. It seemed to be good, but some friend on Xchat IRC said i should try xfce and it is better than Cinnamon. But I didn't installed either of those; I got KDE again. But unfortunately it was too damn slow.. It was so irritating.. So switched to XFCE.
Well! it's good. Fast and elegant..
But I like KDE..
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby linuxdude2 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:38 pm

Can somebody tell me if there are application compatibility problems in Cinnamon compared to MATE?
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby lendote on Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:08 am

Hi,
Experience distro like openSuse 12.1, Fedora 16, MageIA 2 and ubuntu 12.04, I now discovering Linux Mint with MATE DE.
Concerning Cinnamon .. in a near futur, dual booting on my ACER 5552G.
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby teatime on Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:49 pm

New user - Cinnamon and I like it - thank you!
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby dorrellkc on Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:13 pm

kde is for sure my favorite.
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby Mushorwell on Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:00 pm

My gnome 3, cinnamon and KDE get extremely sluggish when my computer is not connected to a network/internet. I do not understand what the cause of this could be, is it possible that simply being connected to a network can enhance the performance of these DE's or could this issue be something more to do with the graphics driver I use, or maybe ultimately there is something very wrong with my linux mint setup (ie. might have to fresh install and start over to fix this)? For the mean-time I have managed to set up a good AwesomeWM session for fallback purposes and when I am not connected to a network.
Has anyone encountered a similar problem?
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby baptiste on Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:51 pm

maybe the network card driver is crazy.
doing some pointless thing all over again and again.
if you run "top" in a terminal, can you see an offending process using 100% of a core?
does disabling in BIOS, or removing the network card/interface/stick, "solve" the problem?

if not, this is deep.
a reason for your computer working with awesome may be, if no network manager is launched, then none of the crazyness happens.
you may try disabling the networking manager in gnome/KDE, preventing it from being launched or even removing try ; try to use wicd instead.

when I install a desktop that only gets network from cabled internet, I get rid of the network manager and use a simple /etc/network/interfaces file. old text and CLI but that gives me one less thing to worry about.

btw, I awesome is a good choice for tiling manager I'll have to try it :). there are so many ones. I may judge it given the names, most are non-descriptive but there's "awesome" and "ratpoison", surely the former will be easier than the latter :oops:
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby Flemur on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:06 am

linuxdude2 wrote:Can somebody tell me if there are application compatibility problems in Cinnamon compared to MATE?


No problems here w/Cinnamon except for the "Panel Launcher", which randomly removes or changes launchers and became invisible (can't access it to add items) when it was empty. FWIW.
Mint 17/Xfce/fluxbox/jackd no pulseaudio
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby tarkus on Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:37 pm

MATE totally rocks!!! I've been a long time Gnome user, but really hated what they did with Gnome 3. Just started running MATE with Mint 13, and it's true Gnome, just like it should be. :D :D
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby toope on Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:43 pm

tarkus wrote:MATE totally rocks!!! I've been a long time Gnome user, but really hated what they did with Gnome 3. Just started running MATE with Mint 13, and it's true Gnome, just like it should be. :D :D


I 2nd this - MATE made my day :D
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby Asimov on Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:35 am

Enlightenement, because it's the most flexible. I try KDE, but the pager is broken. I try openbox, but it keep crashing. The standard menu on Gnome is OK, but for non anglophone the iconic menu in the background is unusable because of the limitation of 12 character at the bottom of the icon. I have 12 icons with the word "Gestionnaire" because for langage like French or Italian the order of the expression are different. In French, Italian the expression "display manager" would become something like"manager of display".
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby Wolfen69 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:56 pm

I'm using lxde right now, but who knows how long that will last. I get bored every few months and use something else. All DE's are good to me, and it really doesn't matter what I use.
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby Lord High Warlock on Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:47 am

I'm in the 11%...KDE for me! :D
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Re: Poll: Desktop environments

Postby AllGamer on Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:57 am

Wow! incredible

never expected to see Cinnamon to be so popular, i though it was just myself and very few others that actually like this new DE
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