Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2009 19:08 UTC
Linux A complaint you hear quite often is that the Linux desktop environments, which mostly refers to KDE and GNOME, are trying too hard to be like Windows and Mac OS X. Now, even James Bottomley, Distinguished Engineer at Novell, Director of the Linux Foundation, and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board (put that on your business card) states in an interview that he believes the Linux desktop is too much like Windows and Mac.
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One point missing thus far from the discussion is that GNU/Linux and BSD systems offer their users much more choice than Windows or Mac when it comes to desktop environments.

Don't like Gnome or KDE? No problem. There's also the following, each of which has a look and feel distinct from the two mentioned above:

Xfce (modelled on CDE)


WindowMaker (modelled on NextStep)

Wmii (tiling wm)

Rio (as part of Plan 9 from User Space)

Fluxbox (minimalist, but easy to use and configure)

twm (minimalist, but it may pleasantly suprise you once you master it.)

...and possibly hundreds of other window managers.

Edited 2009-08-27 20:02 UTC

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