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June 19, 2012 11:21 PM Subscribe
Can you bring me up to date with the state of Linux desktop environments?
posted by deadwax to computers & internet (12 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a long time Linux user who has gone over the last five years from a rather involved enthusiast to simply a user. Having just picked up an old laptop that needs to be rebuilt (software wise) I've realised I don't know anything about the current state of Linux desktop environments.
My main desktop PC was put together over five years ago and runs a vaguely recent version of KDE 4, it still uses a very hacked together configuration that tries to emulate KDE 3.5, with limited success. I think KDE 3.5 is the best free desktop environment I ever found.
So my specific questions:
1. What projects are active? Is KDE gradually tapering off? Is Enlightenment still around? etc...
2. What works? What projects are widely regarded by the open source community as being the ones that Just Work (TM)? Does KDE 4 actually make sense now? Is Gnome still about over simplifying things?
Bonus related question: How does the general state (usability and popularity) of Linux on the desktop now compare to that of five or even 10 years ago? General thoughts welcome.
I'm not afraid of doing my own googling and testing but some general pointers in the right direction from people who have actually paid attention to this stuff over the last few years would be great.