Things that I gone and thunk: Linux DEs

So, with the multitude of Desktop Environments available in the linux world, I’ve gone and tried a few out, and for future reference and stuff, I’ll put my opinions here.

Throw-Up-In-My-Mouth Tier


KDE. No matter how much I try and use this, theme it, make it… usable, it always feels sluggish and looks awful. Not something you want for your desktop, eh?
Plus it takes like a full minute to start on my system. Ew.
I cannot use this. 0/10


Ubuntu Unity. I’m not even going to write anything here. It just sucks.


Now I admit I haven’t used Gnome 3 very much, but it seems to be the default with all live CDs, and I’ve used plenty of them in my time.
The whole “menu on another screen” thing really confuses me, plus there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of customisation.

Usable for laptops I’d think, but nothing more.

Special Tier


Awesome WM. I’m not used to tiling window managers, so this was a new experience for me. I can’t say that it’s going to replace my current DE, solely because it doesn’t like web browsers or graphical applications that much. They don’t tile right, and it kinda looks weird.

For CLI work or programming, it’s amazing, but for day-to-day work, would not recommend.

Good Tier


Cinnamon. I used this for quite some time, and I like it a lot. It’s very, very intuitive and the styling is something I really like. Plus you can make it all material-design-like and hnnnng.

One gripe I did have with it is that it froze occasionally. Not often, just enough to be annoying. This is the only thing holding it back from God Tier.


LXDE. It’s LXDE. There is literally nothing to say about it. It’s blazing fast and easy to use, but nothing ground breaking.

Highly recommended on low-power systems like the RasPi.

God Tier


XFCE. It’s the clear winner in my eyes.

Endless customisation, stupidly fast to boot and to respond, and it just werkz.


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