'Linux Desktop' Tag Index

The Divisive Linux Community
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 14, 2014
Linux users find a lot to argue about, from audio tools to gaming to proprietary code.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux
Time to Replace XFCE?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 06, 2014
The XFCE Linux desktop has much to recommend it, yet users might also look at alternatives.
Tags: xfce, Linux desktop
Top Linux Myths Dispelled
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 08, 2014
Linux myths are many and varied, yet a look beneath the surface reveals how mistaken they are.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux
Why Linux Isn't a Desktop Alternative
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 27, 2014
It's not a matter of technology so much as one of attitude.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linus Torvalds
A Linux Desktop Designed for You
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 19, 2014
Looking for a Linux desktop? This roundup of the major contenders will help you find one that best fits your work habits.
Tags: Gnome, Linux desktop, Unity, Cinnamon Linux, KDE
Hidden Linux Benefits, Clear Linux Challenges
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 11, 2014
Linux benefits outweigh Linux challenges, yet the desktop clearly offers both.
Tags: Linux, KDE, Linux desktop
Best Linux Desktop: KDE's Plasma
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 21, 2014
KDE’s Plasma earns best Linux desktop honors due to its design, customization and innovation.
Tags: KDE, Best linux desktop, Linux desktop, Linux, open source
Best Linux Desktop: Top 10 Candidates
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 14, 2014
The best Linux desktops for both newbie and advanced users, focusing on desktop ease of use and Linux tool set.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux, Linux desktop distro, Best linux desktop
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, KDE, xfce, Gnome
7 Improvements The Linux Desktop Needs
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 17, 2014
What improvements to the Linux desktop would you add to this list?
Tags: Linux desktop, open source community
KDE's Risky Gamble on New Interface
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 20, 2014
Will KDE's new interface defaults escape the problems of its other redesigns?
Tags: KDE, interface redesign, Linux desktop, open source
Should You Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 05, 2014
Advice on making the Ubuntu upgrade decision and tips to make the upgrade process easier.
Tags: Linux desktop, Ubuntu, open source, Linux
50 Open Source Replacements for Windows XP
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 16, 2014
These are some of the best Linux distributions for former Windows XP users and people who have older PC hardware.
Tags: open source, Windows XP, Linux, Linux desktop
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: KDE, MATE, Gnome, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, open source
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: Gnome, Linux desktop, open source, KDE, Ubuntu
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: Linux, Linux desktop, open source, Gnome
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: Canonical, Steam OS, Gnome, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, open source
Seven Things You Can Do in KDE (But Not on Other Linux Desktops)
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 21, 2013
If you don't know KDE, you don't know what the Linux desktop can do.
Tags: open source, Linux desktop, Linux
Linux Commands: Video of Time-Saving Commands
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 17, 2013
A look at some Linux commands that save time and improve work efficiency. 
Tags: open source, Linux desktop, Linux
Selecting a GNOME 2 Successor Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 16, 2013
GNOME 2 is dead. Long live GNOME 2.
Tags: MATE, Gnome Shell, open source, Linux desktop, Gnome
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: Gnome, KDE, Linux desktop, open source community
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: Ubuntu, MySQL, open source, MariaDB, Calligra, Linux Mint, tablet, KDE, Gnome, Linux desktop
Grudge Match: Ubuntu 12.10 vs openSUSE 12.2
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 10, 2012
Which of these Linux desktops is superior? That may depend on who’s using them.
Tags: Linux desktop, openSUSE, Ubuntu, Linux
Seven Expectations of Linux Users
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 24, 2012
The assumptions built in to Linux accustom its users to taking charge of their computing.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux
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: Gnome, Linux, Linux desktop, KDE
Ubuntu 12.04 Delivers 5 Years of Enterprise Linux Desktop Support
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published April 26, 2012
Linux vendor aims to make it easier for companies to adopt the Linux desktop.
Tags: enterprise linux, Ubuntu, open source, Linux desktop
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: KDE, Gnome, Linux desktop, Linux
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
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, KDE, Gnome, Linux desktop
60 New Open Source Apps You've (Probably) Never Heard Of
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published October 25, 2011
You might have missed some of these open source software projects that have debuted recently.
Tags: Linux desktop, open source apps, Linux
Judging Ubuntu: Failures and Successes
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 25, 2011
On Ubuntu's seventh anniversary, the dominant Linux distribution has a mixed record.
Tags: Linux desktop, Canonical, Linux downloads, Ubuntu
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: Linux desktop, open source apps, Gnome, KDE, Ubuntu
Pros and Cons of Open Source Software
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 10, 2011
Does the cost advantage justify the limits on functionality?
Tags: open source, Linux desktop
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: KDE, Gnome, Linux desktop, Ubuntu
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, Windows 8, KDE, Gnome, Metro browser, Linux desktop
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, KDE, Gnome, Linux desktop
Are Linux Users Smarter or is Everyone Else Just Lazy?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 15, 2011
Though some users claim the Linux desktop is difficult and complex, few real obstacles confront new users.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux
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: KDE, Gnome, Unity, Linux desktop
Does Loving Linux Make Us Dislike Windows?
By Matt Hart | Article Published August 08, 2011
Is the Linux-Windows debate about OS politics, or something more pragmatic?
Tags: open source, Linux, Windows, Linux desktop, Windows 7
Linux Desktop Hits and Misses
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 01, 2011
Peripheral compatibility, software quality and community issues on the Linux desktop.
Tags: Linux desktop, Ubuntu
Flash Drive Linux vs. Standard Linux Desktops
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 18, 2011
Carrying your Linux OS on a flash drive has distinct advantages over the traditional desktop-based configuration.
Tags: Linux, flash drive, Linux desktop
Should Your Business Remaster Its Own Linux Distro?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 23, 2011
Companies can re-brand existing Linux distributions with their own corporate identity to enjoy marketing and functional advantages.
Tags: Enterprise IT, Linux desktop, business software, Linux
Linux 2.6.39 Debuts with Improved Performance
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published May 19, 2011
New kernel released by Linus Torvalds provides performance and virtualization improvements.
Tags: Red Hat, KVM, Linux kernel, Linux desktop, Linux
Other Linux Distros' View of Ubuntu's Unity: It Ain't Pretty
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 17, 2011
Many Linux developers are surprisingly lukewarm about Unity, which may create a major challenge for Ubuntu.
Tags: Unity, Ubuntu, open source, Linux desktop, Linux downloads
Does Microsoft's Skype Purchase Hurt the Linux Desktop?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 16, 2011
What if Microsoft were to no longer maintain the Linux version of Skype?
Tags: Linux downloads, Linux desktop, Linux, open source, Skype
The Desktop Linux Paradox
By Serdar Yegulalp | Article Published May 12, 2011
The Linux desktop keeps evolving yet never attains actual success. When will the core problems be addressed?
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux, Ubuntu, open source, Linux downloads
Are Usability Studies Hurting the Free Desktop?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 10, 2011
Interface problems with KDE, GNOME and Ubuntu suggest that the Linux desktop may be headed in the wrong direction.
Tags: Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Linux downloads, KDE, Gnome
How Ubuntu's Unity Can Be Improved
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 09, 2011
Ubuntu's developers could follow these tips to improve user experience for both existing and new Ubuntu users.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux downloads, Unity, Ubuntu, Canonical
Why Is Ubuntu's Unity Squeezing out GNOME 3?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 25, 2011
Given that Unity might be the Windows Vista of the Linux world, shouldn’t GNOME get more focus?
Tags: Ubuntu, Canonical, open source, Gnome, Linux desktop
Seven Alternatives to GNOME 3
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 19, 2011
If the Linux destkop’s new version isn’t right for you, your options are numerous.
Tags: Linux desktop, Gnome, Linux downloads
Ubuntu Unity vs. GNOME 3: Which is Better?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 12, 2011
Both Linux desktops were designed with usability in mind, yet one seems to have a slight edge.
Tags: Linux downloads, open source, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, Gnome
GNOME vs. KDE: The Latest Round
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 05, 2011
Both GNOME and KDE Linux desktops have versions that are radically different from those each had a few years ago.
Tags: open source, Linux downloads, Gnome, KDE, Linux desktop
Problems Linux Enthusiasts Refuse to Address
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 04, 2011
A Linux expert points out the nagging problems that keep the open source desktop from wide adoption.
Tags: USB, wireless, Linux desktop, open source, Linux
Will GNOME 3.0 Repeat the User Revolt of KDE 4.0?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 22, 2011
GNOME 3.0 is a release that will please developers and frustrate many users.
Tags: KDE, Linux desktop, Gnome, open source software, Linux downloads
15 Must-Have Linux Desktop Apps
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 07, 2011
Linux downloads for work and play, from document sharing to music-video to communications.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, Linux desktop, audio, KDE
Why a Linux Aficionado Uses an iPhone
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 28, 2011
A Linux expert realizes that blind loyalty to a platform has its limitations.
Tags: Linux downloads, Linux desktop, iphone apps, iPhone, open source
20 New User Misconceptions about Linux
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 21, 2011
Is Linux free of malware? Do you have to be a geek to use Linux? Does Linux make a political statement?
Tags: Linux desktop, open source, Ubuntu, MP3, Linux downloads
Nine Current Flame Wars in Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 16, 2011
Want to pick an argument about Linux? You’ve got a lot of choices.
Tags: Linux downloads, KDE, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, open source
53 Open Source Replacements to Spice Up Your Desktop
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published February 15, 2011
Open source downloads for desktop search, virtual desktops, snazzy wallpaper and much more. Come on, live a little!
Tags: software, open source tools, Linux desktop, Linux downloads, open source software
The Joy of Remastering your Own Linux Distro
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 14, 2011
Remastering your own Linux distribution offers advantages like control, security and efficiency.
Tags: Linux, open source, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, enterprise software
Debian 6.0: Stability and Power to the People
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 31, 2011
The Debian 6.0 relase puts to rest one longstanding myth while perpetuating another.
Tags: Linux desktop, Debian, firmware, open source, Ubuntu
Eight Completely Free Linux Distros (And One More)
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 25, 2011
Linux distributions that are completely free of proprietary software are a true rarity.
Tags: Debian, FOSS, Linux desktop, free software, Linux
CoreTrace Brings Application Whitelisting to Linux, Mac
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published January 24, 2011
Do Linux and Mac users need another layer of application security? At least one vendor thinks so and is building a solution to meet the need.
Tags: CoreTrace, security, application security, Mac, Linux desktop
Forget GNOME and KDE, Xfce 4.8 Runs Simpler and Faster
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 19, 2011
The latest version of Linux desktop Xfce 4.8 balances speed and convenience.
Tags: xfce, KDE, Gnome, Linux desktop, open source
Ubuntu's Unity Desktop: Tragically Ironic Product Name
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 11, 2011
Ubuntu’s move to use Unity instead of the GNOME shell of previous releases is sparking discord.
Tags: Ubuntu, Gnome, open source software, Linux desktop, Unity
Switching to Linux (For the Right Reasons)
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 05, 2011
Linux isn’t malware-proof, nor does it mean you’ll never need to upgrade your hardware.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux, hardware, malware, enterprise software
2010: The Year in Free and Open Source Software
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 21, 2010
Linux and open source software saw gains this year, yet also saw a trend that may prove a serious reversal.
Tags: OpenOffice, Linux desktop, SCO, Linux, open source
Ubuntu Myopia Continues Among Users
By Matt Hartley | Article Published December 20, 2010
Ubuntu is a good Linux distribution, but does the large user community realize that there are others?
Tags: Linux downloads, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, open source, Fedora
Non-Profits Lead The Way With Linux
By Matt Hartley | Article Published December 13, 2010
Non-profits, schools and libraries have migrated to Linux to help the bottom line.
Tags: Linux downloads, Linux desktop, Libraries, Linux, school
KDE 4.6 Beta: Finding New Directions
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 08, 2010
KDE 4.6 falls short of the dramatic changes of early KDE 4 releases, yet it lays the groundwork for the desktop’s future development.
Tags: Widget libraries, Linux downloads, Linux desktop, KDE 4, open source tools
Seven Improvements Needed in KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 29, 2010
The KDE desktop has come a long way in the last two years, yet still requires some fixes to be its best.
Tags: open source, Linux desktop, Linux downloads, Gnome, KDE
LibreOffice Rethinks the Office Suite
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 16, 2010
OpenOffice and LibreOffice could diverge more quickly than most observers imagined.
Tags: OpenOffice.org, open source, Linux desktop, office suites, enterprise software
Aerodynamic Elephants and Free Software Without Freedom
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 10, 2010
A response to those critics who suggest that open source software needs to become more like proprietary software.
Tags: open source, Linux downloads, Linux desktop, free software, Linux
Linux: Does Being Competitive with Windows Matter?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 08, 2010
The Linux desktop may actually be hampered by its efforts to compete with Windows.
Tags: Windows, Linux downloads, Linux, Ubuntu, Linux desktop
Improving The Linux Desktop: 20 Needed Fixes
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 01, 2010
The Linux desktop needs to focus on new users, improve wi-fi tools, work better with commercial software, among other necessary changes.
Tags: Wi-Fi, Linux, Ubuntu, Linux downloads, Linux desktop




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