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Whats desktops do you guys use?

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I switch DE's all the time. Right now, I'm onto Cinnamon, with Docky installed.

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There are a surprising number of people using incredibly old systems for their day-to-day computing. Sparkler Filter is still using an IBM 402 electromechanical tabulator from the 1940's for their financial processing.

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Unsurprisingly, I see a lot of people who know not the difference between a desktop environment, a window manager, and even distros!

 

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> Unsurprisingly, I see a lot of people who know not the difference between a desktop environment, a window manager, and even distros!

 

Ok... so were you going to actually provide some useful information, or just sit there and be all smug?

 

The days of rolling your own *nix from scratch are long gone. For mass market appeal, you have to trade off technical know-how for convenience -- there are zillions of options about everything, and most of them come nicely packaged and easy to install. It's not really practical to fault someone for not understanding the technical guts of things if they don't have much interest in it.

 

There are automobile purists out there who will scoff at anyone who drives a car with an automatic transmission and who do all their own engine work. Me? I can't drive standard, I don't understand anything that goes on under the hood, and I don't give a crap. I just want to use my car, and know that I can find someone who can fix it if it breaks.

 

And don't even get me started on the ham radio OTs who still insist that *real* radios have vacuum tubes and that doing away with the code requirement is tantamount to blasphemy. Sure, I could add crystals by hand and send CW with a straight key if I wanted... but not everyone is in the game for the same reasons.

 

The same principle applies to computers. Those who are interested will find a way to learn, but it's presumptuous to assume that everybody has to know the things that you do.

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Most of the time just MATE although I will on occasion switch to LXDE, XFCE, or IceWM.

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XFCE for my netbook, Gnome2/maybe kde for my desktop.

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I have been using XFCE for so long, it feels odd to use something else. MY XFCE desktop has changed very little in many years and I like it that way.  For example, my laptop (9 years old) looks about the same as it did when I first got it. 

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Straight Debian stable with KDE 3 or Trinity. The others seem to give Linux an unpleasantly Macintrash or Winshits knockoffish impression.

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XFCE on Backbox in a VM. And SSH on a headless box running Ubuntu Server.

 

EDIT: I do really like Cinnamon. It actually feels this millennium. Never liked KDE at all. Gnome was cool... If I had to choose:

1 - Cinnamon

2 - Mate

3 - Gnome 2

4 - XFCE

 

Question, scratchycarrier:  why stable? Do run mixed repositories? Stable, for me is always too outdated. I like testing - or even SID. 

 

 

But right now, I'm running Quartz. :-)

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