Desktop Appearance

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The general appearance and functionality of the desktop in Linux is known as the Desktop Environment Several choices are available:

LXDE and XFCE are suited where:

  • only a few apps are required
  • older or lower resource hardware will be used

GNOME and its derivatives, CINNAMON and MATE

  • provide most apps likely to be required
  • require moderate hardware resources

KDE is the most functional desktop

  • with trade-off of greater resource requirements, particularly RAM

All Desktop Environments provide for multiple instances of the desktop to be loaded simultaneously

  • facilitates rapid switching between running apps
  • but requires much additional RAM

Those upgrading from an older Linux running KDE3 should follow: