Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

6 Alternative Ubuntu Desktops Worth Trying

Filed under
Software
Ubuntu

You may have also heard that the next Ubuntu version--Natty Narwhal, version 11.04--will use the 3D-enabled Unity desktop by default instead, along with the Wayland graphics system.

Unity is still based on GNOME, so it won't affect the use of any GNOME-based applications, Canonical says. It will also still be possible to reinstall GNOME, if you really want it.

Nevertheless, desktop environments can vary tremendously, and those differences can have a big effect not just on the appearance but also on the speed of your Ubuntu installation. Now that there are already big changes coming down the pike, this is a particularly good time to take a fresh look at the Ubuntu desktop and all the many free alternatives that are available.

Here are a few particularly worth considering.

1. KDE

KDE is no doubt the best-known alternative to the GNOME desktop, and it's what you're already used to if you run Kubuntu instead of the standard desktop Ubuntu.

KDE and GNOME both offer much the same functionality, differing instead on the way things are presented on the desktop. GNOME's desktop has a reputation for being simpler, while KDE's tends to offer numerous options, causing some people to find it more complicated.

rest here




Task me baby

Most distributions have neat like packages called tasks that allows one to install alternative desktop environments by selecting task-xfce, task-fluxbox, task-kde etc... at least my Mandriva box has these features.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Mourning Marco Pesenti Gritti

I unfortunately have some terrible news, Marco Pesenti Gritti passed away last Saturday in London, after a long fight against cancer. He was with his family and in good medical hands. He leaves behind his girlfriend Daniela and 4 year old daughter Daniela. I had the chance to say goodbye last week, and convey thoughts and support for his coworkers, current and passed. I was lucky to have worked with Marco for many years at litl, on a very broad range of projects, and had the chance to count him as a good friend. He was the most passionate and dedicated hacker I knew, and I know he was extremely respected in the GNOME community, for his work on Epiphany, Evince and Sugar among many others, just like he was at litl. Those who knew him personally know he was also an awesome human being. We will try to help his family as much as we can. He will be sorely missed. Read more

The best Linux-powered smartwatches you can buy today

I'll admit it, I was skeptical about how useful smartwatches might be. But after wearing and using a smartwatch, I found it to be as useful as my smartphone -- although usefulness is highly dependent on the features and capabilities of each individual smartwatch. Read more

Fedora 22 for ARM Promises to Be a Game Changer

Peter Robinson has announced that Fedora 22 for AArch64, a community-driven and -built operating system, has been released and is now available for download. Read more

Jonathan Riddell gets full support from the Kubuntu community

By now, you’ve probably met the donate page on Ubuntu, the one you see when you go to download an Ubuntu ISO. This donation page has led to a schism between the Ubuntu Community Council and Jonathan Riddell, the ‘leader’ of the Kubuntu project. All stemming from a perceived lack of transparency regarding donations made to Canonical. Read more Also: Challenges and opportunities Mark Shuttleworth keynote at the OpenStack Summit