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Topic # 111721 13-Nov-2012 10:52 Send private message

I finally got around to giving Unity a decent go (i.e. Ubuntu 12.10), and wow. It's terrible.

I gave it 24 hours of sole use, and I just couldn't gel with it. I had been using the last Gnome release of Ubuntu.

So I decided to start looking around, and despite looking far and wide, I seem to have landed not too far away from where I started, with XFCE (Xubuntu 12.10).

I am loving its simplicity and light weight. I have decent hardware, so lightweight wasn't a priority, but XFCE does what it says on the tin, and is certainly a truckload prettier and smoother than it was years ago.

Early on (RH 3.x etc) I really liked Kubuntu, maybe because it was an easier transition between that and Windows 95/98. Gnome had been my go to in recent years.

So, Linux lovers, what say you. What are you running now in the way of a DE, and what do you like about it.

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  Reply # 716253 13-Nov-2012 11:24 Send private message

Hi Tony,

Have a look at Zorin ( It is not unity, really fast and solid. I am stillon Zorin 5, although Zorin 6 is out and getting good reviews.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 716322 13-Nov-2012 12:52 Send private message

I moved to XFCE after the Gnome 3 fiasco and never looked back :)

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Master Geek

  Reply # 716407 13-Nov-2012 14:11 Send private message

I'm using Kubuntu on a spare machine, I chose Kubuntu because Ubuntu never worked properly. And it's been stable so far.

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  Reply # 716418 13-Nov-2012 14:26 Send private message

Kubuntu 12.10
ubuntu 12.10
ubuntu 1204 LTS


 Interesting. You're afraid of insects and women. Ladybugs must render you catatonic.


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  Reply # 716430 13-Nov-2012 14:34 Send private message

Xubuntu 12.04 64 bit.

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  Reply # 716444 13-Nov-2012 14:52 Send private message

Gnome 3, on Debian, on my PC at work (dualhead), my netbook, and my PC at home.  I quite like it.  I spend most of my time in a web browser or a terminal.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 716841 14-Nov-2012 09:16 Send private message

Linux Mint 13 with Cinnamon desktop.

Cinnamon is still developing and not perfect yet, but it has made great progress, is very actively developed and the developers listen to the community.

It's basically a new (better?) surface on top of Gnome 3, giving you a conventional desktop experience based on top of modern infrastructure. A good idea.

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  Reply # 717167 14-Nov-2012 16:01 Send private message

Stock Xubuntu on my netbook. Super lightweight and very fast. Ubuntu 12.04 with unity on a vm on my desktop. I like unity, feels very different to anything else and works well. I have never got why people hate it so much. Only reason it is not on the netbook is because it would be a bit slow and the sidebar no longer hides intelligently. Not a problem on a 23 inch monitor, but a big problem on a dinky netbook display. 7... it is the only one that passes the WAF test

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  Reply # 717185 14-Nov-2012 16:25 Send private message

KDE 4.9.3 on Opensuse 12.2

Since about KDE 4.4 it really has been the best of the linux desktop environments (in my opinion) and Opensuse has always had the best KDE integration of any of the distros by a long shot.

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  Reply # 717189 14-Nov-2012 16:31 Send private message

Home: Xfce spin of Fedora. Swiched to Xfce when main Fedora release went to Gnome 3. Found Xfce to be simple, fast, and easy to tweak to my preferences - I like to have just one panel, and have it vertical down left side of screen so the full monitor height is available while keeping the panel visible.

Work: mostly Gnome 2 on RHEL 6.

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  Reply # 717191 14-Nov-2012 16:34 Send private message

I guess that I am weird because I like and use unity. IMHO it is the direction Ubuntu should be going.

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  Reply # 717256 14-Nov-2012 17:25 Send private message

Day to day is Gnome 3 on Fedora 17

After a week or two I've found Gnome 3 more usable than Gnome 2, although there are a couple of things still missing.

KDE i gave up on a long time ago.

XFCE and LXDE are great lightweight environments for older hardware.

My wife has mostly been using Ubuntu but hates Unity, and is now trying out Gnome 3.

Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat New Zealand as a Solution Architect for all things Linux, Virtual and of course Cloud. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

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  Reply # 717428 15-Nov-2012 00:55 Send private message

Using Linux Lite here, Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS base, XFCE 4.8 DE. Dual screens, Nvidia, Core i7, 6gb ddr3.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 717441 15-Nov-2012 05:52 Send private message

Gnome 2 on Debian stable. Nice easy install and everything works

Did try Linux Mint with Cinnamon.. was impressed by a lot of things about it but still a bit buggy sadly... might check out Mint 14 when it comes along

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  Reply # 717617 15-Nov-2012 12:15 Send private message

Ubuntu 12.10 on my netbook (must try xfce).
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