Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 21:04 UTC
Editorial Like many of you, I've been watching the big changes in user interfaces over the past few years, trying to make sense of them all. Is there a common explanation for the controversies surrounding the Windows 8 UI and Unity? Where do GNOME 3, KDE, Cinnamon, and MATE fit in? This article offers one view.
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why jump for a desktop?
by stabbyjones on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 00:28 UTC
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One thing i don't understand is why people leave distros because of desktops. Debian has most major desktops available from the installer so if you like one over the other you can change.

If you want to change later everything is in the repos; and as far as I know Ubuntu is the same. (When I last used it) So why use Kubuntu over regular Ubuntu with KDE installed?

If you hate Unity but still like Ubuntu why wouldn't you just use another desktop?

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RE: why jump for a desktop?
by tupp on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 21:04 in reply to "why jump for a desktop?"
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I never understood the excessive butt-hurt over a default de/wm.

To acquire a new de/wm, one usually only has to check one or two boxes in a package manager and click "Apply." Then, one merely logs-out; chooses the desired de/wm; and logs-in.

On some systems, one can merely comment and uncomment entries in the .xinitrc file in the home directory, and then restart X.

I can understand how an undesired default desktop might be a slight problem for a newbie at distro install, but most of the newbie distros offer a selection of versions with various newbie desktops and newbie window managers.

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RE[2]: why jump for a desktop?
by eco2geek on Sun 7th Jul 2013 06:10 in reply to "RE: why jump for a desktop?"
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When KDE switched from 3 to 4, I switched from KDE to GNOME. And when GNOME switched from 2 to 3, I switched from GNOME back to KDE.

(Actually, I never really left KDE, but it's now my UI of choice again.)

And you're right, most major distros come with GNOME, KDE, Xfce, and LXDE versions. Many even include Cinnamon and MATE. There's no need to learn a new package manager or configuration utility if you don't like a certain DE.

I may not like Unity, but I do like the fact that Ubuntu powers so many different desktop environments, and I really hope they don't screw that up in their push for "Unity everywhere".

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