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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where is fluxbox!? its the best gui ever made

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2021-01-27 22:09.

No fluxbox? What?


nram (not verified) - Thu, 2021-01-27 14:01.

I voted Gnome.

I voted Gnome. But that is not the whole truth. But CDE r00lze! :^D kidding.

But seriously, on a machine with the horse power to spare, I marginally prefere Gnome to KDE. But I can live quite comfortably with either. However Gnome seems lighter on calories but just as filling and perhaps a bit tastier. (More eye candy)

But on my low horse power 486DX2/50 it is definately flux box. I just don't like the limited and mostly ugly available themes. Well, the ones provided with DSL (Damned Small Linux) anyway.

I use my trusty ol' laptop nearly as much as my desktop. So I really have two primary desktop apps.

klhuds - (not verified) - Tue, 2021-01-25 12:22.

Which GUI On My Linux Desktop

Fluxbox on my DeMuDi Linux system as its very light on RAM,
my system is a PIII-500 with 256Mb of RAM, Gnome + KDE
really slow my system down, with Fluxbox it speeds along :-)

Sp - geMan (not verified) - Thu, 2021-01-20 09:02.

FluxBox and ION.

After playing around with them all I got stuck with FluxBox. The only one that stayed stady and is small to do everything.

KDE = to much Win-like (that one operating system I never used, yes those people exist :-))
Gnome = does not work for me
XFCE = I did use for a long time, only since release 4 nothing seems to work like you want to
Enlightenment = lumpy
WindowMaker = to big, yet not configurable like it should be
iceWM = also nice, only not handy
and so on ....

ION I use because I'm coming from DOS and not Win... So I still love that keyboard. This gives you just what you need in combination with 3ddesktop.

Actually I do not like icons on my desktop. So everything that supports that is not for me.

meewi (not verified) - Wed, 2021-01-19 09:12.

Agreeing on something.

I have used Windows quite often :(, but one thing I do have in common with you is my dislike of desktop icons. Can't stand 'em. Never used them on windows, and I keep it to a minimum on KDE.

Lunarcloud (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-11 19:29.

Which Desktop

Fluxbox - a/k/a son of Blackbox. I have used
IceWM in the past, and like it very much, but
I find Fluxbox (even) lighter and (even) easier
to configure.

Terry Brennan (not verified) - Tue, 2021-01-11 19:42.

KDE forever

At first, I was using Gnome. That was until one time I decided to have a look at the rest of the window managers that came with Fedora 2. I've been using KDE ever since because of it's high-tech look and fairly quick load time.

For me, GNOME was a bit.. well, fat?

Also, I like the way they put k.... on the front of EVERY application and it still looks okay!

..// seawolf //.. (not verified) - Sun, 2021-01-02 02:58.


This puts me in a VERY small minority here, I'm sure, but I've been using Ion for three days now, and I love it! There's no extra graphical garbage to get in your way, the few applications I regularly use (Firefox, gnome-terminal, xine, vi) I can easily start from the F3 prompt, and just leave running, I can add new workspaces as I need them, and I'm using the mouse less and less (and wondering why I used to use it so much...). It's a great window manager for keyboard junkies. And, even though I'm looking forward to the release of Gnome 2.10, I'll probably continue to use Ion.

Andrew Nimmous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-12-31 11:50.



I do not want to throw away about 250 MB of memory for the desktop (like KDE)

You should investigate the memory use of GUI's and applications, so that on memory tight systems you can still do your thing...

(1 kterm = 35 MB, 1 Gnome term= 29.5 MB, 1 aterm = 3 MB)

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2020-12-25 04:45.

Another Fluxbox user

The ability to use Fluxbox's tabs & grouping is something hard to give up. It's also light-weight enough to make it usable on my old P133/32meg laptop

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-12-19 07:46.



Slavick (not verified) - Sun, 2020-12-19 04:48.

Fluxbox & KDE

I use both on this old laptop.. The system defaults to flux, yet I can bring up KDE from here..

n - -verified hippie (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-15 01:13.

poll what desktop/gui thingy

I use FVWM2 it's simple it works and I can get to what I need faster than with those other desktops and all their pretty icons and backdrops.
Black background no icons and the pager set at 4x4- takes care of my needs completely

Frybyte (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-01 20:42.


I use fluxbox.. Who needs all those stinking icons anyhow... Besides with the right wallpaper and a aterm with transparecy it can look pretty good... KDE has too much eyecandy, and you can run kde applications in flux anyhow.....

Dave (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-01 17:24.


Yes, I actually think that FB is the WM you can spice up the most - that beautiful lightweight thing. I use it on the laptop.
Used to use it on the stationary PC, too, but as I installed Ubuntu, which installed a VERY beautiful Gnome 2.8 by default, I changed.

mjjohansen (not verified) - Sun, 2020-12-19 05:44.



An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-01 14:31.


Better for you...less filling.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-01 13:59.

Fluxbox all the way

Yeah, the subject pretty much says it all:-)

Cybertr - (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-01 11:59.

Multiple answers for multiple situations

Ordinarily, I use Blackbox as my windowmanager, but on occasion, I use other WMs instead. It comes down to what features I need at the time, and what "suits my fancy".

I regularly use WMX and XFCE/XFWM and KDE, but have, on occasion, used Gnome and FVWM95 and FVWM and UDE/UWM.

That's the beauty of this environment; you're not stuck with one 'official' desktop any more than you are stuck with one 'official' OS. Instead, you have the choice at any time to change any part of your Linux experience to your own satisfaction.

Lew Pitcher (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-01 09:53.


I don't use "desktop environments". Just good ole' FVWM2 configured the way I like it.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-01 08:55.


Fvwm, with the iconbox disabled for ultra simplicity and speed.

RIk (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-01 08:39.


Fluxbox again - it's very configurable through files like init, menu, and keys... Even the themes are easy to edit, changing fonts and so on.

With key bindings defined in the "keys" file and the "Fluxter" pager, you can have different backgrounds for each workspace, and bring up the menu , navigate to different workspaces, or execute any command you wish without having to click your way through menus or minimise windows to find icons.

I recommend the latest versions (the 0.9.9 or 10 development ones), which still have the tabbing functionality, but without the actual tabs themselves. You can also have translucent menus and other eye candy if you wish!

Thorough documentation with examples : http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/docbook/en/html/book1.html

Peter Garrett (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-01 06:55.

I generally have two desktops

I generally have two desktops running concurrently - one running fluxbox (for gentoo related emerges etc.) and the other running KDE.

So I'm weird.

dufeu (not verified) - Tue, 2020-11-30 15:01.

Openbox one of the branche of

Openbox one of the branche of BB. And second choice is XFCE

Edward (not verified) - Tue, 2020-11-30 10:54.

Other --

Motif Window Manager
OpenMotif 2.1.30-5

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-11-30 10:30.

Use Fluxbox (Blackbox fork).

Use Fluxbox (Blackbox fork).

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-11-30 08:33.

I use fluxbox. http://fluxbox

I use fluxbox. http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-11-29 07:31.


Amen! I love fluxbox!

Jeff (not verified) - M - , 2020-11-29 13:36.

I use fluxbox as well. I've l

I use fluxbox as well. I've long been a fan of Gnome and KDE, and tried it out on a whim. After a couple of weeks spent looking for a reason to turn back, and not finding any, I was hooke. I've been using fluxbox ever since

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-11-29 12:51.


Fluxbox is missing :/

[x] Fluxbox

dfl (not verified) - Fri, 2021-02-11 03:27.


I am extremely partial to Dropline GNOME on Slackware Linux.

It's easy on these old eyes of mine. Plus it has never faulted out since installing it or lost any documents.

I've been Redmond XPloder free since October 2003 and loving every minute of it.

troy banther (not verified) - Sun, 2020-11-28 10:24.

XFCE: Functional, Lightweight, Cool

I currently use the latest version of XFCE - 4.2 RC1. It installs very easily in Debian using apt and the repository given in this article: http://www.os-cillation.com/article.php?sid=37

Brian To - e (not verified) - Sat, 2020-11-27 22:33.

Primary UI

I use Afterstep.

Eric (not verified) - Sat, 2020-11-27 16:55.


evilwm has an option to start without any decorations, that is the main reason for using this window manager. I've not seen a window manager with this capability other than evilwm. Hence my choice.

joost (not verified) - Sat, 2020-11-27 09:31.


Then I think you'd like my configuration: (except maybe footprint) Enlightenment with a theme (my own) that has 1 pixel border inside the windows normally and 16 pixels on mouse-over...
Works very nicely and doesn't get in the way even though I usually use meta- to move/resize. I use enlightenment because it lets me have different backgrounds on different virtual screens, making it a bit easier to navigate. (And, I'm just used to that..)

aes (not verified) - Tue, 2020-11-30 05:30.

I tried it, but I still get s

I tried it, but I still get seasick when it does it's horizontal change-screen-slide-thingie.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-12-19 05:46.

evilwm!!! evilwm.sourcefo

evilwm.sourceforge.net :)

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2020-11-27 02:42.