Which Graphical User Interface (desktop environment) do you primarily use on your Linux desktop?

I don't (yet) primarily use Linux on my desktop
5% (925 votes)
2% (292 votes)
29% (5252 votes)
5% (825 votes)
1% (259 votes)
48% (8578 votes)
2% (285 votes)
4% (799 votes)
Other (please post a comment letting us know which one)
4% (719 votes)
Total votes: 17934
Carlie Fairchild - Fri, 2021-04-01 10:07.

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Fluxbox, just as nice as blackbox but only a little nicer to use.


Tord Holmqvist (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-19 14:22.


Fluxbox all the way!

J (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-19 01:14.

Oroborus for vertical apps

When developing systems for vertical markets,
I use the application name on the login screen,
which fires up the oroborus wm,
which does nothing.
I put it in the background,
and the app in the forground.
Exiting the app logs the user back out.
If the user is aged or infirm, one can make things very easy for them,
by using gnomeconf and the accessibility options.
Each login can be made passwordless, as nothing but the app can be executed.
Ownership of settings and config files can be set to root, hardening the system against accidental or malicious misuse.
The Ororobos wm has got to be the best choice for this type of computing.

Stomfi (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-18 17:42.


Ion is a great, light-weight tiling window manager that emphasizes keyboard control.

Ryan Paul (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-18 17:23.

indeed ion2 for me don't thi

indeed ion2 for me
don't think i could ever live without it.... well I could, but not happily. heh

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-04-24 09:44.

graphical desktop

Fluxbox.... the greatest wm ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh yeah! and the great E!

zadok2k (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-18 14:00.


IceWm is very lite-weight, and stable.
It allows you to change the menus/hotkeys, and that's very awesome and unique.

The amount of themes isn't that much, but it does.


Hans (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-18 10:24.

KDE is for me!

I use KDE on any Linux distro I use,because it is easy,flexible,and beautiful. Also it looks like Mac OS 9 meets XP and works the same. What's sad is most on this page "claim" to use something in fear of being called a "newbie". Silly them! KDE will always be the leader!

Trinette Rani (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-18 00:23.

KDE won me over, too

I use to swear by WindowMaker. But, with 3.4 now on my desktop, I cannot do without KDE's integration and Konqueror's flexibility.

Judland (not verified) - Wed, 2020-04-27 13:51.

KDE 3.4

IT looks absolutely gorgeous compared to older versions. Not too too different from 3.3, but different enough.

Lunarcloud (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-11 19:13.

I use Tracker, which is the d

I use Tracker, which is the desktop for BeOS, and it's the
best integrated desktop where all apps work well with each

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2021-04-16 11:26.

Think Light!

Fluxbox or FVWM, depending on whether I'm in a "pretty" sort of mood.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2021-04-16 07:55.



papasj (not verified) - Sat, 2021-04-16 07:01.

What no fluxbox?

What no fluxbox?

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-15 15:45.


FVWM-Crystal is my fav

m3th (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-15 15:18.


GNU bash is my favorite desktop environment ;) ...

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-15 11:33.


Love all the screen real estate it gives me. Four 3x3 virtual desktops by default.

Terry Ross (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-15 08:12.

Another FluxBox fan here.

Another FluxBox fan here.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2021-04-14 12:34.

Where's Fluxbox ?

Where's Fluxbox ?

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2021-04-13 20:20.

Graphical User Interface

I use Fvwm2.

KFM (not verified) - Wed, 2021-04-13 04:27.


desktop manager i use on my debian 3.1 sarge is fluxbox, is nice when you have good style in it, of course when i use desktop manager :}

haras (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-12 09:15.

Not yet, but gunna...

I don't, yet, use Linux on my computer. It's old and can't properly run any version of it. But when I get a new one, I will be running the new Linspire 5-0 so my primary interface will be KDE.

J.R. (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-11 13:44.

Thank you!

On behalf on Linspire we thank you. Become an Insider too and support what you love!

Trinette Rani (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-18 00:27.

Try Vector linux or even the

Try Vector linux or even the hard drive install on DSL, Ive got them both working fine on my old P1 166 64MB with a 2GB hard drive

town (not verified) - Sat, 2021-04-16 13:14.


it's lightweight, and have TABs, but I think change it (problems with polish fonts)

CzarnyZajaczek (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-11 13:37.


niestety mnie tez dotknal problem z polskimi znakami diakrytycznymi, ale raz udalo mi sie go rozwiazac nie wiem jak po prostu kiedys odpalam fluxa i mam dzialaly :}, ale pozniej mialem reinstalke i juz nie dzialaja :{

jak ktos wie jak zmienic mail me matiharas@gmail.com

i have this same problem with polish fonts, but i had all good before i reinstall my debian, and now i can not configure it,

if you know what is wrong mail me matiharas@go2.pl

haras (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-12 09:20.

There is trivial bug (in flux

There is trivial bug (in fluxbox-0.9.11) - in file nls/pl_PL/Translation.nl (sources) is declared ISO-8859-1 ;)

CzarnyZajaczek (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-15 06:45.



Taladar (not verified) - Sun, 2021-04-10 11:21.



An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2021-04-10 07:57.

I gotta have flux....

I vote Fluxbox for the simple text of the configs... very lightweight and easy to customize styles.

James Carter (not verified) - Sat, 2021-04-09 21:07.

Fluxbox & wmdrawer

I don't need the bloat of KDE or GNOME 'desktop environments'. I use Fluxbox 0.9.12, one
of the most feature-packed yet lightweight window managers I have ever seen. To start
up an app, I use wmdrawer. I have lots and lots of RAM to play with, and X starts up in just
a few seconds. I use asmem to watch my memory and swap usage, wmCalClock for the
time and date, fbpager for my pager. I have this setup on a p2 laptop, a p3 laptop and a
CeleronM laptop. Even the Pentium II is zippy with this lightweight setup.

As you can tell, I am not a newbie. However, I am trying to 'convert' some Windoze
users, so it's good to see the common problems (and solutions) of new users.
I am tired of hearing that "it's too hard" or "but that's what came on my computer
[Windoze]. I'm hoping to learn a few things about 'converting' people via your articles
and these types of user comments.

Jennifer (not verified) - Sat, 2021-04-09 18:03.

I used Unix about 10 years ag

I used Unix about 10 years ago and would like to get back to it. I was on Steve Jobs Black Box. I've got RedHat to load on a new computer. After that I just draw a blank. What do I use for word docs and spreadsheets? What about PowerPoint type application. Guys, it's been a very long time! All these desktop environments and download helpers! I need to get caught up for sure. I really feel like a total newbie!


Dee (not verified) - Thu, 2021-04-14 10:58.

office suite

Try www.openoffice.org for a rather bulky office suite with, in the latest version, replacements for all the MSOffice apps (as long as you don't use VBA).


An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-15 07:21.


other GUI is Xandros

John Vargo (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-08 19:17.

Xandros isn't a GUI, it's an

Xandros isn't a GUI, it's an O.S. based off of Debian, yet another attempt to rip off the global community.
The GUI you're thinking of is KDE, which is what they wrap everything around, it's really not that hard to edit menus and the like for it.

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-08 23:32.

You suck

Ha you use it don't you?

FU (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-18 00:29.


Dual head CAD workstation.
2D/3D VariCAD (architectural).
Electrical Engineer in Private Practice, SOHO.

Stan (not verified) - Thu, 2021-04-07 18:44.


ratpoison for MythTV

Bic (not verified) - Thu, 2021-04-07 13:55.



An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2021-04-07 11:02.

Fluxbox, Afterstep

Fluxbox, Afterstep

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2021-04-07 08:31.



An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2021-04-07 07:52.



An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2021-04-06 21:57.


I've tried KDE, GNOME and XFCE4.2 before staying with fluxbox. The simplicity of the wm is perfect, at least for me. I especially like features like the keys file. Also the need for manual configuration is perfectly in line with my current linux-distro.
The fact that it eats almost no resources compared with the aforementioned three is another reason to love this feature-rich adorable little wm.

J.Bernaerts (not verified) - Wed, 2021-04-06 15:48.

FluxBox... the lightest! Too

FluxBox... the lightest!
Too cool!

Ivan (not verified) - Wed, 2021-04-06 09:50.

FluxBox and Idesk Icons

I use Fluxbox on all my Linux desktop/laptop systems, and just recently tried out Idesk. Idesk allows you to add Icons to your flux desktop easily. Need some good Icons?...download the Gentoo Icon pack from the main Gentoo site . Fluxbox is lite and fast on my slower systems. It has many themes avaliable for it and is fairly easy to customize. You can go with a basic theme, or a full blown theme with a nice background image, Icons in the menus and on the desktop.

I use Slackware, but man those Gentoo Icons are sweet.

Gentoo Icon pack: http://www.gentoo.org/dyn/icons.xml
Idesk: http://idesk.sourceforge.net

Hanzerik (not verified) - Wed, 2021-04-06 09:30.

My Linux Desktop

My primary X-Desktop environment is Fluxbox. Lightweight, fast, and very customizable.

Admin - Logic-Box.com (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-05 17:49.

Windows Manager


Mac McMillan (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-05 15:01.

Other: Openbox

Other: Openbox

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-05 13:39.

Poll>Desktop Environment

One of my Laptops runs with Libranet (a great Debian derivate) and this unique "Libranet window manager". Originally it is IceWM with Gnome apps (desklets a.o.). Performance is like IceWM on steroids :)
There are no speed problems, even with 650 MHz CPU and 256 MB RAM.
My other IBM Thinkpad (PIII/800MHz/256MB RAM) goes with Slackware 10.1 and, of course, Fluxbox.

Muenster, Germany

- say NO to software patents! -

Bernd (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-05 07:20.


As you get more sophisticated you move away from the picture and point desktops like kde and take up something like fluxbox. Then if you want real simplicity and flexibility you move on to ion. It's the same sort of leap. Fluxboxies feel the same moving to ion as they originally did moving to fluxbox. Bit disorientating at first and takes a little while to see why it's a better choice.


An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-04 22:19.