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Why XFCE is the Best Linux Desktop
By Matt Hartley | Article Published June 30, 2014
XFCE earn one pundit's Best Linux Desktop for its ease of use and repair, and its facility with older systems. 
Tags: Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE, xfce
GNOME and the GIGO Principle
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 29, 2014
GNOME 3 has evolved according to design principles. The problem is, that's not how it was conceived.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome
Why I Switched to GNOME
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 14, 2014
GNOME isn’t the desktop for everyone, yet it has clear advantages over competitors.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, desktop
Is Ubuntu Animosity Misplaced?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 10, 2014
Ubuntu receives a healthy dose of criticism even as it does a great deal to move Linux forward.
Tags: Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, open source downloads
Why XFCE beats KDE and GNOME
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 03, 2014
XFCE provides a better user experience, offering a stable and easily understood desktop environment.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, xfce
Nine Lessons Other Desktops Can Learn from KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 25, 2014
Acknowledgement of KDE's recovery from its user revolt is long overdue.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, KDE
What Makes a Classic Linux Desktop 'Classic'?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 18, 2014
Why are classic desktops the most popular choice among Linux users?
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE, MATE
KDE Desktop vs. GNOME Apps: The Great Paradox
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 27, 2014
Polls show that KDE is the most popular Linux desktop. Yet more users prefer desktops that use GNOME technology. What's the explanation?
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE
GNOME: Key to Linux Desktop Unification?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 13, 2014
A look at GNOME's development indicates it will play an enduring role in the growth of the Linux desktop.
Tags: open source, Linux, Linux desktop, Gnome
Why Do Users Choose KDE?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 02, 2014
Users of the Linux desktop talk about why they prefer it over alternatives.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, KDE
The Linux Desktop: 2013 in Review
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 10, 2013
The Linux desktop’s big trends included crowdfunding, the Ubuntu controversy, GNOME, Steam, and more.
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Gnome, Canonical, Steam OS
KDE vs GNOME: Settings, Apps, Widgets
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 07, 2013
Video: While one desktop appears clearly superior to the other, its rival offers some better apps for key uses.
Tags: apps, Gnome, KDE, Linux Distro
9 Features To Make You Reconsider GNOME
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 10, 2013
Two and a half years after GNOME 3 appeared, it's overdue for a second look.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, GNOME desktop
The Current State of the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 30, 2013
It's a contradictory era on the desktop today.
Tags: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, KDE, Linux Mint, desktop, community, Unity
Selecting a GNOME 2 Successor Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 16, 2013
GNOME 2 is dead. Long live GNOME 2.
Tags: open source, Linux desktop, Gnome, MATE, Gnome Shell
Giving GNOME 3 a GNOME 2 Look
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 09, 2013
It all comes down to choosing the right combination of extensions.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, extensions, desktop
The Best and Worst Features of Linux Desktops
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 25, 2013
The perfect Linux desktop doesn't exist, though some come closer than others.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, Mint, Ubuntu Desktop
Linux Desktop: Change vs. Conservatism
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 18, 2013
Despite the conservatism of users, innovation hasn't died on the Linux desktop. It's just become very cautious in the last few year.
Tags: Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE, open source community
Linux Virtual Workspaces--How Do They Differ?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 11, 2013
Here's how KDE, GNOME, Unity, Mate, Cinnamon and Xfce each implement virtual workspaces.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, KDE, xfce, desktop, Unity, Cinnamon, MATE
GNOME 3 and Unity Alternatives: Cinnamon vs. Mate
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 16, 2013
Looking for the GNOME 2 experience? Linux Mint is the obvious choice. But how do its two desktops--Cinnamon and Mate--compare?
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, Linux Mint, desktop, Unity, Cinnamon, MATE
GNOME or KDE? The Old Question Is New Today
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 09, 2013
Despite the growing number of choices, the question on the desktop today remains "GNOME or KDE?"
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, Linux Mint, desktop, Unity, Cinnamon, MATE
Ubuntu, openSUSE and the Definition of Easy
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 19, 2013
There's less difference between Ubuntu and a traditional distro than many often claim.
Tags: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, KDE, SUSE, openSUSE, Unity
GNOME Classic Repeats History
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 05, 2013
Considering the discussion that preceded its creation, GNOME Classic looks likely to disappointment users.
Tags: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, desktop
Seven Features I Fantasize About Seeing on the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 12, 2013
Which innovations might improve the free desktop without scaring users away?
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, KDE, desktop, Unity
9 Things That Are Never Admitted About Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 22, 2013
What are the taboo subjects in open source today? You might guess some of them, but others might surprise you.
Tags: open source, Linux, Microsoft, Ubuntu, Gnome, KDE, FOSS, desktop, Mark Shuttleworth, Unity, Richard Stallman
9 Major 2012 Events That Will Influence the Linux Desktop in Coming Years
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 27, 2012
2012 was a lively year on the Linux Desktop, with the promise of more to come next year.
Tags: open source, MySQL, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE, tablet, Linux Mint, Calligra, MariaDB
Top Linux Trends 2012-2013
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 11, 2012
What stories trended in 2012? Which ones will affect open source next year? The answer is not always obvious -- and some stories have been under-reported.
Tags: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, KDE, FOSS, trends
GNOME's Next Step
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 04, 2012
OK, GNOME has listened -- once. But that is only the beginning of the recovery process it needs to go through.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, desktop
Dropping GNOME Fallback Mode: The Right Decision, Wrongly Handled
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 13, 2012
In dropping fallback mode, GNOME made the right decision -- and utterly failed to communicate that fact.
Tags: open source, Linux, marketing, Gnome, desktop
Experimentation vs. Tradition: The Future of Innovation on the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 08, 2012
The new diversity of Linux desktop choices could actually hinder innovation.
Tags: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, KDE, Linux Mint, desktop, Unity
Choosing a Desktop: Mate vs Xfce
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 31, 2012
Trying to decide between Mate and Xfce as your Linux desktop? Although both come from a similar tradition, the two are more than just equivalents.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, xfce, desktop, Unity, MATE
Desktop Linux: Diversity is the New Reality
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 09, 2012
Diversity on the Linux desktop? It's extensive and it's here to stay -- and it's just what the desktop needs.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, desktop linux
Desktop Linux: The GNOME 3 Release Series Extensions
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 11, 2012
The GNOME Shell Extensions may be just what the Linux desktop needs to end its user revolt.
Tags: Gnome, desktop linux
Desktop Linux Revolt: How KDE Survived Its User Backlash
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 05, 2012
How does a Linux desktop survive a user revolt? The recent history of KDE suggests some answers.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE
GNOME Answers Criticisms
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 28, 2012
Key personnel in the GNOME Project respond to the Linux desktop's highly vocal critics.
Tags: Linux, Gnome
Division Within GNOME
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 22, 2012
Despite all the handwringing, GNOME just might survive after all.
Tags: Linux, Gnome
Is GNOME Still Needed?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 21, 2012
What happens to GNOME is going to have consequences beyond the immediate project.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, KDE
GNOME: Seven Possible Recovery Strategies
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 17, 2012
Okay, GNOME is in trouble. What are its options for the future?
Tags: Linux, Gnome
Which Linux Desktop Will Dominate in the Future?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 07, 2012
Will KDE, GNOME, Xfce, Unity, Cinnamon or Mate hold the lead in the years ahead?
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, xfce, Unity
MS Outlook vs Linux Alternatives: the Best Choice?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 17, 2012
The Linux alternatives to Microsoft's popular Outlook each have their strengths and weaknesses.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, Outlook, evolution, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook
Nine Reasons to Choose GNOME 2 Clones
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 26, 2012
A GNOME 2 clone will never be the most innovative of desktops, yet it gets the job done without fuss.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, KDE
Linux Desktops and Linux Personalities: What's Your Perfect Match?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 19, 2012
Finding your perfect match with a Linux desktop environment can be worse than using an online dating site. Here are some suggestions to clarify the process.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, Unity, Cinnamon
The GNOME Exodus and KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 12, 2012
KDE is a mature desktop. So why aren't users who are fleeing Unity and the GNOME Shell considering it as an alternative?
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE
Is Xfce a GNOME and Unity Replacement?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 30, 2012
The new Xfce just might be a refuge for users fleeing GNOME and Unity.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, xfce, Unity
Fragmentation on the Linux Desktop (Is it Normal?)
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 08, 2012
The Linux desktop's many choices may make it appear chaotic.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE
Linux Mint's Mate: GNOME 2 Lives Again
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 17, 2012
Linux Mint's Mate is the most successful of all the efforts to keep GNOME 2 alive.
Tags: open source, Linux, Gnome, Linux Mint
GNOME 3.4: A Question Searching for an Answer
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 03, 2012
GNOME 3.4 is full of small changes. But what these changes add up to is open to debate.
Tags: Linux, Gnome
Linux Mint's Cinnamon Recreates GNOME 2
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 27, 2012
With some needed improvements Cinnamon might become the main GNOME desktop. But it's not there yet.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, Cinnamon
GNOME 2 vs. GNOME 3
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 19, 2012
Is GNOME 3 really an improvement over GNOME 2?
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE
The GNOME 2 Zombie
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 05, 2012
Disappointment with GNOME 3 has users pining for GNOME 2. But it's not always wise to resurrect the dead.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE
The KDE Death Watch
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 20, 2012
Ever since Kubuntu lost its funding from Canonical, people have been talking about the decline of KDE. Is the concern real?
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE
Why Isn't GNOME Listening?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 13, 2012
What has GNOME learned from user reactions to GNOME 3? Apparently, only how to ignore feedback.
Tags: Linux, Gnome
Do Linux Novelty Desktops Threaten Linux Adoption?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 13, 2012
Recent moves by Canonical may not be beneficial for growing Linux market share.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, Unity
Nine Rules for Designing a Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 07, 2012
The Linux user revolts of recent times could be avoided by following these guidelines.
Tags: Linux, open source tools, Gnome, KDE
The Dilemma of the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 31, 2012
Between Ubuntu's Unity and Linux Mint's Cinnamon, we have a snapshot of the Linux desktop in crisis.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, Shuttleworth
The Fragmentation of the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 17, 2012
Dissatisfaction with Unity and GNOME, among other factors, is wreaking havoc on the Linux desktop.
Tags: Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE, Unity
2011: The Year of Linux Disappointments
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 13, 2011
As years go, 2011 was a kidney stone of a year for free and open source software.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, FOSS
KDE Widgets: Why They Matter
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 06, 2011
KDE offers a broad array of widgets to make your daily work easier and faster.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, widgets, Unity
GNOME vs. KDE vs. Unity: Performing Seven Basic Tasks
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 08, 2011
How do the top Linux desktops compare when you're doing basic tasks? The answers may surprise you.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, Unity
Is the Linux Desktop Dead?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 01, 2011
The increased importance of mobile computing raises questions about the Linux desktop's future.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE
KDE's 'Plasma Active' Tops GNOME 3 and Unity
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 11, 2011
Designed for touch screen tablets, KDE's Plasma Active is clearly superior to its rivals.  
Tags: Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE, open source apps
GNOME 3.2: Tactical Brilliance and Strategic Stubbornness
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 05, 2011
It's unclear whether GNOME 3.2 will be enough to reconcile users alienated by GNOME 3.0.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE
Building the Ultimate Modern Linux Desktop
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 20, 2011
A veteran Linux user lists his choices for a top-flight desktop.
Tags: Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE
Windows 8, Metro, and the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 20, 2011
Windows 8's Metro could indicate an unfortunate direction in the future of the Linux desktop.
Tags: mobile, Linux desktop, Windows 8, Gnome, KDE, Metro browser
Is Ubuntu Driving Users Away?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 12, 2011
A Linux pundit realizes his resentments about the Ubuntu desktop are shared by a good number of Ubuntu users.
Tags: Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, KDE
Eight Complaints About the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 08, 2011
The Linux desktop is like a colony that has gained independence yet still thinks that everything is done better in the mother country.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE
What GNOME Can Learn from KDE's Recovery
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 23, 2011
KDE made a course correction after a user revolt. Will GNOME show the same ability to learn from mistakes?
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE
The GNOME 3 Meltdown
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 16, 2011
Is there hope for GNOME 3 in the face of a largely negative user response?
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, Torvalds
Seven Concerns on the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 09, 2011
After years of trying to match proprietary desktops, the Linux desktop has yet to find a new destination -- or even a compass point.
Tags: Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE, Unity
GNOME vs. KDE vs. Unity: Customization Tools and Ease of Use
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 26, 2011
Which of the three major Linux desktops offers the most customization tools, and which tools are easiest to use?
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, Unity
KDE 4.7: Long-Term Vision, Ongoing Myopia
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 19, 2011
The problems in the 4.7 release reveal that KDE is making little movement toward solutions.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE
Choosing the Best Linux Desktop: KDE, Unity, GNOME
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 13, 2011
Pros and cons of the KDE, Unity, GNOME 2, and GNOME 3 Linux desktops.
Tags: Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, KDE, Unity
Is Linux Mint a Better Choice than Ubuntu?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 12, 2011
Could the rapidly growing, user-friendly Linux distro attract converts away from the mighty Ubuntu?
Tags: Ubuntu, Gnome, open source software, Linux Mint
20 Linux Alternatives for Common Windows Applications
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 05, 2011
A Linux pundit spotlights his favorite Linux alternatives to popular Windows software.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, KDE, LibreOffice
GNOME vs. KDE Apps: Which Are Best For You?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 21, 2011
A comparison between KDE and GNOME apps for IM, document handling, email clients and more.
Tags: Linux, Linux downloads, Gnome, KDE