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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Julian (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-04 22:10.

new type of individual window manager ui

They Are All Great, Like KDE I Admit I Am Lazy, Thats why.
I Can't Help Feeling That There Could Be Some Other Format To Display The Links Required To Run Apps, Not Similar To Just Opening A Terminal Window, Which Is The Easiest Way To Get Linux Results.
Something Maybe Like XFCE But Easily Customized, Reliable And Possibly Able To Morph?
I Hope The Linux Desktop Can Get Away From Any Type Of Windows Look And Feel, To Truely Proove It Is A Serious Choice For People Who Like To Enjoy Reliable, Safe, Multi-user Computing As Part Of A Community Worldwide.

The UXtheme.DLL Is Patched On My Windows Dual Booter Boxes, To Allow Different MsStyles.ccs, (To Change The Apperance Of Windows And The Task Bar) Yet Just The Whole Thing Looks Out - Dated And Uninviting.
I Wonder If MS Knows They Are Loosing Their Market Share To Apple (who Invented The First Real Window Manager UI) Because Real People Want A Reliable Well Programmed, Secure, Desktop Product Designed For Music, Videos And Net Access Without Constant Hardware Issues And Daily Security Updates?
Long Live Linus, And His Genius That Is The Linux Kernel!

I.Think.Of.XP.And.Want.To.Vomit. (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-04 14:26.

KDE 3.4

I started about 5 years ago with FVWM2 and then switched to IceWM after a few months. Then after about a year or so I switched to KDE, mainly because it was great looking and simple to use and had excellent support for Slovenian language and locale. And ever since then I use KDE. Currently I'm using KDE 3.4.0 on Gentoo Linux for AMD64. From time to time I also check out GNOME and XFCE to see what is going on elsewhere but they have not yet convinced me to switch.

Jure Repinc (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-04 10:49.


Try ude! http://udeproject.sf.net It's the smallest and tightest window manager available. The compiled binary is less than 90k. It doesn't have registries, it doesn't track you, it doesn't try to integrate anything. It's a window manager. That's what it does. That's all it does. It doesn't lie to you about doing it.

I LFS. LFS 6.1-testing on this machine and my firewall. I'm currently using Flux until I rebuild again and try Enlightenment.

Enlightenment owns. It's the rich man's UDE. Enlightenment doesn't try to track you, it doesn't keep registries, it doesn't try to wash your dishes for you. Enlightenment gives you a beautiful desktop window manager and MAYBE integrates sound control (if you use esd).

I highly recommend Enlightenment.

SilverspurG (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-04 09:25.

FVWM2: I started with Linux o

FVWM2: I started with Linux on a 486 machine, and everything else was too fat or too confusing. It's light, it's flexible, it's thoroughly configurable, and I'm sticking with it. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners, since it took me a long time to understand the config file and strip it down to what I want and nothing else. But now that I have, it's very straightforward. I use TkDesk as my file browser, which also takes a while to learn and strip down, but is worth the effort. Nothing else is as light but powerful.

James Keating (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-04 09:13.

KDE or Openbox3(+)

I've used them all at some point (mostly to see what all the fuss was about).

I have more power than you can shake a stick at so KDE to the max doesn't even raise my machine from a coma... It's transparent all the way and sexy as hell!

When I don't wish to be disturbed (IM/Chat) I log into Openbox. Also, Openbox gives me a minimal launch pad for the likes of Unreal Tournament 2K4 etc...

Heck, it's all linux under the hood! Debian rocks - CLI roolz...

Quilan (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-04 06:12.


On a Pentium MMX 200 MHz and 128MB RAM Linux box, a lightweight window manager is needed, so I use WindowMaker.

kostk - (not verified) - Sun, 2021-04-03 13:55.

kde/ fc3 / x86 64 - a good combo

used to be a gnome freak, but switched to kde after around kde ver. 3. liked the tidy bits in kde, personal preference. there are people who like other desktop environments . thats where linux scores, more choice! i have tried a few distros since the last 4-5 years. corel, mandrake, suse, knoppix, but stuck with redhat/ fedora for the longest time.

krayker (not verified) - Sat, 2021-04-02 22:26.

None of the above (and btw. Fluxbox sucks)

Don't use any of the above ones. I sometimes use Gnome, ximian and KDE applications but never the desktop environment.

My choice? ION2. I used to use E16 and configured it down to a minimum, sounds stupid but i liked the configuration options (keys, window behaviour).

KDE is good for dumb (Windows zealots) home users, Ximian is good for business usage and Fluxbox is just euh.. wel it sucks!

Ragnar (not verified) - Sat, 2021-04-02 14:23.

Exactly right.

Thats what the game is about, Choice. Without it, we'd be like "them", no matter what form "them" comes in. The others dont suck. They just aren't as advanced or pretty as others are. Some people hate pretty at the cost of speed. Some are visa versa. Thats the beauty of it.

Windows may have: "We're for non-computer users."
Apple may have: "Think different."
but linux has the best one... "Choice."

(although u might want to pay attention to the first one.

Lunarcloud (not verified) - Wed, 2020-05-11 19:25.

KDE is for "dumb" people? Li

KDE is for "dumb" people? Listen, last time I checked my IQ score, it was pretty
freakin' high, and I like KDE a lot.
I know a lot of people like stripped-down, super-fast desktops, and for good reason,
but if you have the computing power, why not have bigger and better-looking?

Chris (not verified) - Wed, 2021-04-13 18:48.


Care to qualify why Flux sucks? Flux owns your butt, buddy.

KDE and Gnome are nice implementations but they both include the fledgling beginnings of a registry, the single point for software exploitation. KDE and Gnome should restructure to remove this internal database entirely or risk being deposed.

I personally advocate Enlightenment. Until I rebuild (currently on LFS 6.1 testing) I stick with flux. It's fast, light, responsive. I like UDE (http://udeproject.sf.net) but it doesn't seem to be as responsive. While its code is tight and the compiled binary is small, it may take a little restructuring to get it to be as adept as fluxbox or blackbox.

SilverspurG (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-04 09:35.

KDE Faster more Reliable

KDE 3.4.0 Slackware 10.1 a nice combination of the best OS - Linux, and the nice enhancement on top, KDE. Remember under the hood, Linux is all basically the same, the top, like a mans car is how you dress it. Fancy girl loves Fancy KDE.

BenneJezzerette (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-01 23:11.


You are one after my own heart. That is an awesome combination.

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



An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-01 19:30.


I have been using Fluxbox for quite sometime now, i like its simplicity

Comm - (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-01 19:02.

Blackbox lives!

Blackbox is most definitely NOT dead!! They just released version
.70 this January 2005! Check it out http://blackboxwm.sf.net

It even got slashdotted!


I love blackbox. After trying KDE (which is good for beginners, since
it's insanely like explorer.exe, but once you're use to Linux -you'd
be doing yourself a favor to switch to a more minimilastic window
manager to optimize your pc), Gnome (which I still like), XFCE 3.3
(4 is REALLY BAD in my opinion), Hackedbox, Ion (This is a really
interesting window manager, requiring a decent amount of studying
and trial and error, but it seems worth it :)), and Fvwm2 (which
I like ), I always return to blackbox.

I really do not like overhead - like KDE. Especially since
KDE is becoming more and more like Windows XP, I've found myself
disliking it more and more. Fluxbox has more overhead than blackbox
which is why I don't like it. It has extra features which I just
don't need.

Hackedbox has less features than Blackbox, yet is also quite
nice. Yet, it doesn't seem to be as graphically nice
as the latest version of Blackbox with it's nice lack of left/right
borders :).

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-01 18:16.

re: blackbox lives

While I normally use KDE, at times I revert to my minimalist roots and use Blackbox, or sometimes mwm if I'm feeling "old". :-) If I feel really put out, I'll even run wm2 (I don't think it gets any more minimalist than that, :-) though wmx is slightly bigger and more usable. Gnome has never excited me.

kb (not verified) - Sat, 2021-04-09 00:36.


Thank you for your post. I was starting to think I had some kind of mutant distro and nobody'd ever even seen Blackbox. Needless to say I really like it. It's clean and simple and has a lot of attractive styles when I get bored. I think gnome is ugly and KDE is cheesy(though they both have useful apps). ICEWM, I like but I need to get some tools to make it more 'pretty'. Most of the other wm I've tried are either brutally ugly or needlessly complicated, but I haven't tried them all fluxbox and ION sound kind of interesting.

T - y (not verified) - Thu, 2021-04-07 07:18.


fvwm2 fulfills all my needs. it s very functional and you can make it look wonderful.

stefan (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-01 03:27.

Take WindowMaker....

Use the transparent gnome-terminal, customized bash colors, on a nice dark
background image with wmDrawer, wmClockmon, wmCalendar, wmACPILoad, wmCPULoad, wmifinfo, cool icons, autostart a groovy
login sound and what else do you need in life? Have a look.

Eugene (not verified) - Thu, 2021-03-31 11:35.


It might be a little long in the tooth (E16 at least) but still has to be the prettiest, most configurable and most useable (once you get it set up that is) WM.

Heres hoping E17 makes it out of CVS soon.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2021-03-31 07:02.


It may seem that fluxbox == blackbox. That is NOT true. It came from the blackbox project, but if you want simple yet effective destkop you coudn't wish for more. May KDE rest in peace :P.

tukan (not verified) - Tue, 2021-03-29 14:19.

kde is the only one I know

Being as this is my first computer with linux on it all I know is kde3.3.It is smooth and pleasant when you look at it all day.I haven't had any tech problems with it.It has useful features for a newb like me. The help handbooks are great.

do - do - 82 (not verified) - M - , 2021-03-28 00:52.

You are invited to visit som

You are invited to visit some helpful info about...

An - ymous - Wed, 2020-06-15 10:50.

I use ion2, low eight tabbed

I use ion2, low eight tabbed browser; complete control of your window manager from the key board. Ideal for laptops!

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2021-03-26 05:51.

I use Fluxbox and I like it!

I use Fluxbox and I like it!

Zajc (not verified) - Tue, 2021-03-22 02:03.


I use KDE,XFCE,and Gnome. Flux is ugly and Blackbox is old.
KDE is on most users desktops but some are at times unsure WHAT they are truely using.
If it looks like MAC OS/Windows it's KDE.

Trin (not verified) - M - , 2021-03-21 08:15.

Out to lunch

The jury's out on this one. There are elements of KDE and Gnome I like, but they can be a little slow. I like bits of IceWM, WindowMaker, Enlightenment, Xfce and fluxbox, but I've yet to settle happily with anything. For the record, Gnome is the one I've been using the most for the longest.

spufidoo (not verified) - Fri, 2021-03-18 05:13.

I am using Fvwm

I am using Fvwm

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2021-03-16 22:46.

a modified kde, works fast an

a modified kde, works fast and not as fat as the original kde

Black Eagle (not verified) - M - , 2021-03-14 04:14.


I'm really surprised that Blackbox is on the list, and not Fluxbox seeing as Blackbox is more or less dead. KDE was one of the reasons I stayed away from X as long as I did do to the fact my linux box isn't exactly top end hardware (AMD K6-2 500 MHZ Proc, 256 Meg RAM). Fluxbox is what I use everywhere, including my VNC sessions as well!

J Gillman Jr. (not verified) - Sat, 2021-03-12 22:07.

Ion3 + E17 + WindowMaker

Most of the time I use Ion3. But sometimes I use Enlightenment DR17 (CVS-build) or WindowMaker.

Jasper (not verified) - Fri, 2021-03-11 08:39.

Ion3, and KDE

Ion3 + WindowMaker docks at work, KDE at home. My wife uses KDE, too. I, too, like the KDE integration, but it _is_ sort of heavy, and I like the keyboard control and layout of Ion. I haven't tried integrating them (replacing kwin with Ion, and see how that goes) yet, but I may.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2021-03-08 12:10.

XFCE Rox like hell

Im now trying XFCE, it fast, and its all I need, I also tried blackbox/fluxbox, KDE and Gnome in the past, but none of them meet my needs:
KDE: Too bloated
GNome: Too slow
Blackbox: Too primitive
Fluxbox: Great but too "small"
XFCE: The best combination between KDEs functionality and Fluxbox simplicity

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2021-03-08 07:34.

I woudl agree XFCE

I have just started to use XFCE and i love it. I have use Gnome adn KDE in the past and they are not exactly what I want. XFCE is so lightweight that i can breeze through my X apps. Ilove it

Jas - (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-01 10:50.

Was WindowMaker but...

I was a diehard WindowMaker user for the last 6 years, but just recently I decided to try something else for a change. I switched to IceWM after trying XCFE and even though my system is powerful enough to run the most heavly customized Enlightenment desktop. I really do like the snappiness of IceWM. It's clean, easy customization and has just enough bells and whistles to keep me happy. Of all the desktop system out there, KDE is my least favorite. I like the software integration the KDE offers, but it's the "task" bar that bothers me. It's just to much a copy of the Windows9X interface for me. (btw: I disabled the taskbar on IceWM and use the right click popup menu).

For low memory or cpu starved systems, IceWM, XFCE or WindowMaker are pretty good choices IMHO!


An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2021-02-24 08:16.

I was a former user of KDE on

I was a former user of KDE on SUSE, but after getting on Ubuntu, I've been doing great with Gnome.

XFCE looks pretty awesome though. Might give it a shot anyday now.

Quest-Master (not verified) - Tue, 2021-02-22 17:38.

Fluxbox development version

Fluxbox development version, with mostly GNOME apps. Love the apps, hate the WM. Fluxbox is cleaner and easier to use.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2021-02-16 09:41.

Yes, Fluxbox Dev. v0.9.12 (cu

Yes, Fluxbox Dev. v0.9.12 (current).
I have used FB since nearly its beginning.
Love it.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2021-03-13 20:34.

I use Gnome + Openbox. The d

I use Gnome + Openbox. The default Gnome window manager sucks rocks.

ZombieChick (not verified) - Tue, 2021-02-15 23:23.


The expocity patch (http://www.pycage.de/software_expocity.html) makes metacity worthwhile.

Except that translucent windows and 3D window control on an old 400 MHz box is painfully slow.

SilverspurG (not verified) - M - , 2021-04-04 09:39.

Fluxbox. No bloat. No B.S. Ju

Fluxbox. No bloat. No B.S. Just fast. Great on old boxes.

Blair (not verified) - Tue, 2021-02-15 22:18.

i use openbox or fluxbox

i use openbox or fluxbox

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2021-02-09 00:57.

FVWM - since I use linux prim

FVWM - since I use linux primarily

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2021-02-08 11:49.

my favourite : fvwm

since 8 years

emmele (not verified) - Tue, 2021-02-08 09:49.


I want somthing that is small, light and fast and does not get in the way. Fluxbox is the best for that

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2021-02-07 17:23.

Openbox 3.2 Window Manager

I use Openbox 3.2 Window Manager

Chris Rainey (not verified) - M - , 2021-02-07 13:27.


I started with KDE because that was the Mandrake default. I got sick of it, because it was too super-slick, cutesy, etc. Same with Gnome, although I liked the look of that more. Then I tried enlightenment, but it was too limited in the GUI configuration tools (if I started over, I'd probably use that instead, because I hand edit my fvwm config now). Enlightenment is definitely the prettiest wm I've seen, though. Then I tried icewm, which I really liked. It's simple, light, OK-looking, and available at work. Then I had an idea: what if I designed the (near) perfect interface? What if I took all the things I found annoying in my desktop and removed them, and added whatever features I wanted, but no more. I found fvwm could be molded however I wanted, though not easily. I decided to try anyway. What I ended up with isn't perfect (no such thing), but it's better than anything else I've tried. Plus, it's unique; my desktop is truly mine.

jpkotta (not verified) - Fri, 2021-01-28 19:41.

Screenshots! :) I am lovin

Screenshots! :)

I am loving FVWM too .. but I am an ever-fluxbox user :)

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-02-11 03:26.