Linux difference with other Operating System is that you can make it just like you want it. If you migrated from Windows or MacOS and are more familiarized with that interface you can’t make it look like your previous OS. Today we will give you five top Desktop Environment part 2 (Because everything good has a sequel) for ubuntu, for you to decide what best suits you.
Also, don’t forget to take a poll in the last of this article.
Part 1 – 5 Best Linux Desktop Environments
1. Plasma Desktop
The latest stable version on PLASMA is 5.6 and this version came with new features stated below
- Dolphin File Manager – a lightweight file manager designed with simplicity in mind. It supports split view for easy drag and drop (for copying or cutting files)
- Kwin window manager – uses 3D effects for handling windows making windows management smoother and more natural.
- Better support for lower hardware – for computer with old hardware or graphics it will automatically adjust for better performance
It integrates with GNOME, it uses an applet named RAVEN for easy accessing calendar information, media player control and volume, system notifications, quick access to system settings and more. I personally like this Environment because of its dark color themes.
Uses pcmanfm-qt file manager, a Qt port for PCManFM and libfm, lxterminal, a terminal emulator, lxqt-runner, a quick application launcher, lxsession session manager and many more good features. The latest stable release is LXQt 0.11.
5. Xfce Desktop
Like the LXQt this Desktop Environment is lightweight with better support for old systems but without losing it beautifulness. Its first release was in 1996 and now with latest release 4.12 supporting GTK+3. It can be used in some unix-like distros being one of the most popular xubuntu. The windows managers support some modern features such as:
- Drag and drop windows to tile it on the side;
- Window preview;
- Intelligent hide of taskbar when a window is dragged near it;
- support for multi monitor;
- change themes color and icons and other cool features.
6. Bonus: Unity 8
Although this still not a full baked Environment is a very promising one. It supports convergence between different types of systems (Desktop, tablets, phones, etc), with better support for touch devices which is a good thing with systems such as touch laptops, tablets or phones. Again, you can use scopes on the desktop while using unity 8. This environment runs on MIR which is a new display server created by canonical, more secure to run snappy (snap) applications. Snaps new way of packaging where all the dependencies are satisfiable within the package and this package and the application stays confined separated for the whole system and uses transactional updated for installed apps.
Ubuntu 16.10 already comes whith a preview for unity 8 option, for using just switch for it on the login screen and then you are all set.
One thing noted is that unity 8 consumes much more resources than its predecessor unity7.
In my own opinion Unity 8 will come to be one of the most modern, beautiful and full of features comparing to other environment and not to talk about its convergence but, it’s up to you to choose what best suits you regarding your system capabilities or your own choices.