Differences, in the desktop software in mints editions

Questions about the project and the distribution - obviously no support questions here please
Post Reply
User avatar
dave8671
Level 3
Level 3
Posts: 131
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:04 pm

Differences, in the desktop software in mints editions

Post by dave8671 » Sun May 27, 2018 11:55 pm

I was asked the what the applications differences are in the editions and I realized I have no idea. So I tried to search for this information on the website and goggle with no result. IF you could point me to a website or post that has this information it would be great.

:)

User avatar
xenopeek
Level 24
Level 24
Posts: 22762
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:58 am
Location: The Netherlands

Re: Differences, in the desktop software in mints editions

Post by xenopeek » Mon May 28, 2018 3:17 am

Each desktop environment has its own menu, panel (what Windows calls taskbar), settings, file manager and terminal.

When comparing Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce that sums up the majority of the differences when looking at programs. Each of these comes with the X-Apps developed by Linux Mint (text editor, PDF reader, media player, image viewer and photo manager) and with the Linux Mint tools (Update Manager, Sofware Manager, Software Sources, Driver Manager, Login Window, Backup Tool, USB Writer and Formatter). Each also comes with Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, and so on. There are likely some few minor differences in default installed programs (like I think the calculator and music player may be different between some).

When comparing the above with KDE there are a lot of differences. For one it doesn't use the X-Apps and not all of the Linux Mint developed software. There are many differences in default installed programs though it also comes with Firefox, Thunderbird and LibreOffice for example.

Considering Linux Mint 18.3 is the last release with a KDE edition, going forward to Linux Mint 19 the differences are mostly in how the user interface to the operating system looks and behaves (the menu, the panel, the window borders and controls, the file manager).
Image

User avatar
jimallyn
Level 18
Level 18
Posts: 8419
Joined: Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:34 pm
Location: Wenatchee, WA USA

Re: Differences, in the desktop software in mints editions

Post by jimallyn » Mon May 28, 2018 3:24 am

The different versions do come with different applications by default, but any application is installable on any of the different desktops. XFCE comes with xfburn for burning CDs and DVDs (big surprise), while KDE comes with K3b (another big surprise, right?). So, I guess the difference is as big or as small as you want it to be.
Image

“If the government were coming for your TVs and cars, then you'd be upset. But, as it is, they're only coming for your sons.” - Daniel Berrigan

User avatar
dave8671
Level 3
Level 3
Posts: 131
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:04 pm

Re: Differences, in the desktop software in mints editions

Post by dave8671 » Mon May 28, 2018 11:46 am

Thanks this helps me a great deal. Now I can list the differences. Yesterday I installed Xfce on my T500 to see the difference in speed compared to Mate. Its little faster at booting than Mate.

User avatar
AZgl1500
Level 8
Level 8
Posts: 2283
Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:20 am
Location: Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains
Contact:

Re: Differences, in the desktop software in mints editions

Post by AZgl1500 » Mon May 28, 2018 2:21 pm

Cinnamon is a full blown Windows type GUI and I love it.

but, it is much slower to boot to the Desktop than the other DEs are.


and with the heavier GUI, it is somewhat slower to perform after you click on something.
this is really noticeable on PCs with a low RAM count and slower processors.

Hoser Rob
Level 12
Level 12
Posts: 4087
Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:57 am

Re: Differences, in the desktop software in mints editions

Post by Hoser Rob » Tue May 29, 2018 7:50 am

dave8671 wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 11:46 am
Thanks this helps me a great deal. Now I can list the differences. Yesterday I installed Xfce on my T500 to see the difference in speed compared to Mate. Its little faster at booting than Mate.
Don';t install multiple desktop environments in Linux, ever. You may have caused some issues there, be prepared to reinstall.

User avatar
dave8671
Level 3
Level 3
Posts: 131
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:04 pm

Re: Differences, in the desktop software in mints editions

Post by dave8671 » Wed May 30, 2018 12:48 am

I never install other GUI's On my installations. And with xfce It boots faster and applications load faster. The T500 has 8GB ram this maybe why. I looked up the requirements for each of the editions how can they be the same ram requirements it seems odd?

Hoser Rob
Level 12
Level 12
Posts: 4087
Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:57 am

Re: Differences, in the desktop software in mints editions

Post by Hoser Rob » Thu May 31, 2018 9:02 am

Really the best way to compare is to just dl all the different DE versions, burn to USB stick, and test them from live boot. There's no substitute for actually using them. There are differences in hardware requirements for sure but KDE isn't nearly as heavy as it used to be and Xfce isn't as light anymore either. They all do the same thing really and it's largely a matter if taste. Some want new looking eye candy and they'll want Cinnamon most likely. I actually like things that look a lot like something from the 90s, like XFce or LXDE, yet work a lot like a Mac Though I prefer KDE myself.

Post Reply

Return to “Non-technical Questions”