Linux Desktop Environment Overview

Linux under the hood is important in how the system installs applications, configures some settings, and more, but the overall look of the computer, known as a the Graphical User Interface (GUI or UI) is controlled by the Desktop Environment. Many desktop environments for Linux means that however your system works under the hood, you can have the look and layout that you want. If you are used to a Windows platform, you can setup your Linux computer to look like that platform. If you prefer the Mac interface you can install that setup as well. If you would like to try something all together different, you can even do that with Linux. Browse the catalog of desktop environments to find a look that fits your needs.

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Brief Introduction to Desktop Environments


LXDE on LUbuntu

LXDE is for reviving an old computer with a light-weight Linux system.

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GNOME on Fedora

GNOME 3 is for the advanced computer user with a modern computer who may be looking for a Linux build similar to Mac OSX.

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Cinnamon on Linux Mint

The Cinnamon Desktop is for the user with a reasonably modern computer first switching to Linux from the Windows OS.

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KDE with OpenSUSE

The KDE environment is for a computer-comfortable person with a reasonably powerful computer.

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