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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just don't use winxp

just don't use winxp

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-09 12:45.


took TWM, ported to C++ and rigged somewhat to address some annoying issues

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-05-06 20:07.



demiurge (not verified) - Fri, 2020-05-06 08:53.



threepwood (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-05 19:01.


I use GNOME on Gentoo and Mandrake and for me is a compromise. I'd like to use fluxbox, because is clear, easy and fast. The problem is that many times I have to open GTK based programs that slow down performance and I had a fluxbox desktop slow like a GNOME one. At this point I moved to a better integrated desktop like GNOME.
I'm waiting for new stable versions of fluxbox and blackbox to review my decisions.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-05-05 03:12.

fvwm and openbox

i use fvwm, i love the ability to customize everything

and where are all the ob users?

mrapples (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-04 23:50.

fluxbox with slackware

fluxbox with slackware

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-04 09:17.



An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-04 09:14.

Gnome, but uses Windowmaker for fast sessions

I use Gnome for most workaday sessions. But when I need to get things done in a hurry, it's WindowMaker for me.

My3ke (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 20:30.


Fluxbox rules my world, easy to customize, light and simple.

Ravenwreck (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 16:05.

Fluxbox, where is fluxbox.

Fluxbox, where is fluxbox.

buster_lawn (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 13:11.

Fluxbox, fluxbox, forever flu

Fluxbox, fluxbox, forever fluxbox... :D

DiMAr (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 11:32.


-- with fvwm-crystal theme.

jINKs (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 08:15.



An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 00:55.



valan (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 20:26.

I'd like to use KDE but . . .

I use GNOME with Mandrake 10.1.
It shipped with KDE but it rejects USB, so I use GNOME.
I prefer KDE for it's different background per virtual desktop, so I'm fishing to correct the problem.

Dahb (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 19:59.

KDE on Mandrake

I am using PCLinuxOS, which uses the KDE desktop on a Mandrake base
I like it over Fedora or Linspire. For a while, I ran Madrake with Gnome, but found it difficult to locate and install the tools and applications I needed and wanted. PCLinuxOS uses Synaptic and makes adding or updating a snap. I do not like Linspire's click in run at all, and especially do not like the subscription format, this makes them no better than Windows, their greed is showing. For that matter, so is the other biggies, mandrake, suse, redhat, etc. You will notice that I am retired and volunteer for several non-profits, including one for the disabled, primarily the vision and hearing impaired to mainstream using IRC.

I highly recommend PCLinuxOS to all of the new users.

chtank (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-03 11:25.


I vastly prefer the look and feel of GNOME over KDE. KDE has a toy L&F that just feels a little "off" to me, GNOME feels much smoother. But the technical direction GNOME took in over simplifying and using the GNOME "registry" have sent me running to KDE. Gnome is just too fragile for my regular use anymore. You simply can't upgrade it without breaking *everything.*

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 13:58.

I'd agree, KDE seems too "Fis

I'd agree, KDE seems too "Fisher Price" and MS WIndows like to me..
I'm not happy how unstable gnome is getting though, it would be great if they would stop rewriting the core and let everyone catch up.
I didn't realize gnome had a "registry" is this true? (Auuggg!)
The other gnome rant is that they seem to want to re-invent the wheel - I.E. it seems like gnome uses it's own Samba subsystem, which is buggy and confused. The official "Samba" command line tools always seem to work.
The whole unix thing is a collection of scriptable applets that anyone (including users) can glue together. Gnome samba gui stuff should be calling the underlying official samba programs.

For me all a window manager has to accomplish is a decent cut and paste!!

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-16 09:08.

Really? To me Gnome looks che

Really? To me Gnome looks cheap, amature, and incomplete. KDE is a much slicker interface with more polish and, in my limited experience, better operability. Gnome looks more like something you'd see on a kid's toy computer. KDE has it's shortcomings, sure, but it's the best GUI I've tried so far. (Notice I said "so far".)

tdatb (not verified) - Fri, 2020-05-06 11:43.


I always tell people that KDE looks cheap, amature and incomplete and a bit too awkwardly layed out; whereas, GNOME has more of a pleasing professional polished look. What gives? How can we have such totally opposite views? You must be using a theme that does not come default with KDE. What theme are you using? I'd like to load it up and see what you see so that I can compare it with my favorite GNOME theme: Clearlooks with the industrial lines background. Better yet ... is there a place where we can upload screenshots? I'll show you my desktop if you show me yours :-) Maybe you can prove me wrong about KDE ... or maybe I can prove you wrong about GNOME ... or maybe there's a draw?

An - ymous Coward (not verified) - Tue, 2020-05-10 22:01.

Personally, I dont quite unde

Personally, I dont quite understand the foot thing. The origional theme looks like an artist spat all over my desktop. GNOME also uses something that i really dont like, The top bar as a main bar. You can probably change it, but why come standard like that? I dont like that bit for apple too. I always have a top bar in KDE, but not for the main thing. Only for a second (eye-lazy) clock and some shortcuts.

Lunarcloud (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-11 19:04.

I use KDE all the way

Forgive me the puritans, but I think that if Windows has it's million flaws, bad interface is not one of them. And I just love the way KDE feels like Windows. GNOME is good also, but sometimes a new version step back instead of forward (in previous versions, I could edit the menu by opening the "start here" link and using the right mouse button to create a new command, now I can't do that on 2.6+, why?). I also like Windowmaker when I need a lightweight system.

Danilo (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 10:14.


FVWM too. ;)

Douglas (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 09:33.


I use Fluxbox, but I voted for Blackbox since Fluxbox is built out of Blackbox...

Andreas (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 08:35.


Never Expected KDE To be at 53% I thought Gnome was the mostly used one.

shaktigps (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 04:04.


KDE is at that percent because the default Windo manger is always KDE. Just look on Distrowatch.com

Trinette Rani (not verified) - Fri, 2020-06-03 03:48.

i live in europe and rerely s

i live in europe and rerely see anyone using kde.
Are all you kde users american? In europe our styling is more understated, clean and less brash. We believe that bigger (menus) does not equate to better.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-25 02:52.



An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-02 00:56.


Oh boy, kid in a candy shop or what! I have recently discovered linux after years of being hamstrung by windows. Windows has its place (its ok for my wife) but since I have discovered open source I have become a born again geek. The last real tinkering I did was with ZX Spectrum (hours of BASIC programming to get a few pretty colours and the odd sound) I don't know where to start, I have a pc I have built from scratch that I have dual booted, a toshiba libretto that I'm loading with linux and I want to start python programming - life is going to be busy! thanks for the subscription!

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2020-04-30 14:10.

Desktop GUI

I used Debian, ManDrake, and Redhat on my system as I am trying to figure out if linux is right for me, my favorite is Mandrake and with its easy to use GUI switcher thing I tried GNOME, KDE, Window Maker, ICEWM and some of the different gui skins for ICE or maybe it was something else....either way may favorite by far is KDE, its looks the nicest to me.

Alucard69 (not verified) - Fri, 2020-04-29 01:39.

Go RedHat!!

Ok, so I have no idea what I'm talking about.... I'm new to open source, and programming in general, could someone suggest any other resources that might be helpful??

Sometimes I try to fiddle around with RedHat 9 but Windows is still what I primarily use.

I was very happy to find something targeted to beginners!!! Kudos!

Kristin (not verified) - Thu, 2020-04-28 23:05.

You should try out Fedora Cor

You should try out Fedora Core 3, RH9 is rather old now (Fedora Core 1 was the next version after RH9)

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-09 14:49.

Fluxbox !

Fluxbox !

Skulrik (not verified) - Thu, 2020-04-28 14:31.

KDE, but ...

I'm using KDE right now, because it's useful and it runs well on my current laptop (IBM T20). I have used IceWM and XFCE before, with great satisfaction, on an older, slower laptop (IBM TP 365XP).

As KDE matures, it gets better. They've done a great job on it. My only problem is with KDE's insistance on using Konqueror as the default browser. Nothing wrong with Konq, I just prefer Firefox. Otherwise, superb product.

Jjglen490 (not verified) - Thu, 2020-04-28 09:15.

Firefox for life!

I love using firefox. I also think that it should be default with KDE. I always change it to firefox on a new distro install.

Lunarcloud (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-11 19:07.

Firefox? Not any more - Opera!

I have used firefox for a couple of years and great it is too. But I got fed up using FF for browsing and Thunderbird for email (another great program). Now I am into Opera and believe me it is awesome.

Richard (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-07 04:22.

In the KDE Control Panel, cho

In the KDE Control Panel, choose "KDE Components", then "Component Chooser".
You will see a list of components: Email Client, Embedded Text Editor,
Instant Messenger, Terminal Emulator, and Web Browser. You can choose the
default application for each one. The only one I changed was Web Browser.
Just check the 2nd option which says "in the following browser", and click
through the menus and click on Firefox.

I am running KDE 3.4 on SuSE 9.2 (I will upgrade to 9.3 soon), and that's the
way it worked for me.

Good luck, and welcome to Linux.


An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2020-05-01 12:03.

hi ,i am also on same positio

hi ,i am also on same position as u r now.Here i like mozilla firefox more than . i dont know why i dont like kon... Can u help me ...i wanna know the shortcuts,commands and good security facilities for my pc in linux .I start using linux from august 04.. and i feel linux is more comfort than windows..so i wanna know the linux deeply....plz can u help me plz emailme -- lnmiit.ravi@gmail.com
thanks,thanks a lot...

Ravi (not verified) - Fri, 2020-04-29 13:47.


FVWM2 is the best I've found, but the configuration syntax is a mess. I need a highly customizable WM that I can tailor for multiple machines with a single portable config file. In FVWM2 , I have to use pipereads to the shell to do this, and the only variables are environment variables. Is there anything out there with the flexibility of fvwm2 but with a more slick config file?

alan (not verified) - Thu, 2020-04-28 02:04.


no more needs saying

Blade_vrs (not verified) - Wed, 2020-04-27 18:35.


Fluxbox is my window manager of choice, it has all the features i require; without the bloat and additional crap of the bigger well-known "desktop environments".

- noxi

anoxia (not verified) - Wed, 2020-04-27 18:25.

Other-- trolls?

I'm just now running a new install of Ubuntu and so... um, I guess that is gnome?? or maybe KTroll??

GeneseePaws (not verified) - Tue, 2020-04-26 08:16.

It's nice to see XFce making

It's nice to see XFce making a respectable showing.

I'm hoping that this poll is a prelude to TUX giving desktop environments other than KDE some press.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-04-26 06:07.

where is fluxbox? i cannot li

where is fluxbox? i cannot live without it.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2020-04-23 15:22.

My distro came with KDE by de

My distro came with KDE by default, but I plan to experiment with others. (KDE is too much like Windows!)

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-04-22 07:23.


That's probably because you dont bother to change things. You dont just "use what it came like" or else you're doing what most people are doing to support Windows in the first place.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-11 19:11.

You can customize KDE to look

You can customize KDE to look really however you want, you can even make it look like OS X if thats your thing ( http://www.kde-look.org has loads of extras for KDE)

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-05-09 14:51.


I've been using KDE since 3.0 came out and it keeps getting better and faster.

xrobertcmx (not verified) - Thu, 2020-04-21 15:26.

My GUI is FVWM2.

My GUI is FVWM2.

JphnBoy (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-19 21:33.