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Which GUI do you use or prefer?

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
I was playing around with the multiple GUI options in PC-BSD and thought it might be interesting to see which one everyone likes or uses.
post #2 of 38
I use TrinityDE (the fork of classic KDE 3.5.10), you are missing that on your poll!

If you can still add it, add it as "TrinityDE/KDE3"

http://www.trinitydesktop.org/screenshots.php
post #3 of 38
Actually been using cinnamon on Gnome 3 for my HTPC front end machines lately (Mint 12). On one machine I do have some tearing issues so I disable compositing and run LXDE. That particular machine is a bit under powered and is connected to a 1080p TV.

Otherwise my HTPC world is very solid and stable. I have things working very well and am very happy with my setup. I have everything that I want.
post #4 of 38
Thread Starter 
tux,
I would choose "other" in your case. I didn't want to expand the options anymore than neccessary. I am glad that you posted, as I hope others who choose "other" will as well.
post #5 of 38
XFCE for me for the foreseeable future
post #6 of 38
I voted for KDE4 since that is what I use at work (Combination of KDE 4.4 and Compiz 0.8.6). For my two HTPCs at home though, their Desktop Environment is MythTV! (startx script launches X server and mythfrontend). Looking forward to see what Cinnamon looks like when Mint 13 is released!

Matt
post #7 of 38
KDE4 on my machines with new versions of OS on them, Gnome2 on machines with older OSs
post #8 of 38
I didn't vote because I don't prefer any of the latest desktop environments.

But, I installed openSUSE 12.1-Gnome on my tablet, and that uses Gnome 3. I found that i had to do a lot of tweaks and hacks to get it to where I liked it. So now I got tired of the Ubuntu desktop stupidity, and installed Fedora 16-Gnome on my HTPC. Most of the same things that worked for openSUSE Gnome also work in Fedora Gnome. I also tried Arch Linux-Gnome, and found their guide to be valuable:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/GNOME

openSUSE Thread:

http://forums.opensuse.org/english/g...es-tweaks.html

Gnome Shell Extensions:

https://extensions.gnome.org/

What I did:

Install Gnome-Tweak-Tool and enable all kinds of stuff.
Disable suspend
Add "Power Off" to the options list
Make Power Button pressing bring up options window instead of just suspending
post #9 of 38
Thread Starter 
No love for Unity or Gnome 3.

Paul,
I guess then you like Gnome 3.

Toms just did a review on the latest Fedora. It looks like they are going with Gnome 3 for default. Tom's showed a way to mimic Gnome 2.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...w,3155-16.html
post #10 of 38
Unity caused me to abandon Ubuntu after several years of usage and Gnome 3 is just as bad. KDE seems to have the same over design issues.

I have since settled on Arch, XFCE & Slim. On a 5 year old laptop it takes ~15 seconds from hitting the power button to full GUI bootup. It's blazing fast even compared to modern PCs running more conventional systems. I have a Gnome 2 Ubuntu system on an overclocked I7 and in comparison, it's painful to watch it boot up.

I'm in the process of building a linux HTPC. I'll probably stick with Arch because while it doesn't hold your hands during setup, it's got far far less bloat than debian based systems and you can completely control what happens and what is running. There is excellent on-line support and because they operate on a rolling package release system, you can upgrade any component without the headache of going to a complete rebuild.
post #11 of 38
For the desktop I use gnome 2 at work and gnome 3 at home. I have to say that I prefer gnome 3 now but it did take some time. Also talking to colleagues, I've concluded that I might not be very typical because over the years I tend to use default settings in desktops. The only things I really need are sloppy focus and virtual desktops. And I have these in gnome 3.

I can see other people having more trouble adjusting though, especially if you spend a lot of time customizing things to get it "your way". Give Cinnamon a try if you need gnome 3 to be more like gnome 2.
post #12 of 38
I've used everything on the list (except for Unity) numerous times over the years and presently very much prefer running Openbox as a stand alone window manager. Gnome2 and KDE3 worked pretty well during their day, but since they've both gone down new roads with their latest releases, I'm no longer a fan of either of them. In fact, Xfce is probably my favorite full desktop environment at the moment.

That said, I could use anything on the list if all the others were to go away.
post #13 of 38
Thread Starter 
I think I could live with any of them, but my preference right now is Gnome 2 followed by XFCE. I would probably go ahead and make the switch to KDE if I could put folders on the desktop. It drives me nuts that I can't do that.
post #14 of 38
I switched from Gnome 2 to KDE4 and it hasn't been too bad for me. KDE4 has a lot more going on than I need. I switched my wife's machine too (basically on reinstalls or new installs of ubuntu I'm going with KDE over Unity) and she's been basically okay. But I could live with any of them too. I'm not the type to spend much time customizing a desktop, and I prefer to launch everything from the command line anyway...
post #15 of 38
Thread Starter 
New,
Is there away to put folders on the desktop? How about when transfering files from a USB stick? I like to have my main folders on the desktop for quick access.
post #16 of 38
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Originally Posted by Ericglo View Post

New,
Is there away to put folders on the desktop? How about when transfering files from a USB stick? I like to have my main folders on the desktop for quick access.

In Gnome 3 there is.

But since you don't like Gnome 3, I won't elaborate.
post #17 of 38
Hey Ozar!

Welcome to the AVS Forum - HTPC Linux Chat.
post #18 of 38
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Originally Posted by ozar View Post

...In fact, Xfce is probably my favorite full desktop environment at the moment...

I respect your opinion so much that I am currently installing Xfce on my openSUSE-Linux tablet! I'll let you guys know how it is with a touchscreen.

Edit: In Xfce there's no default on-screen keyboard that comes up when you click on a text-entry area. In Gnome 3 there is. FAIL!!
post #19 of 38
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Originally Posted by waterhead View Post

Hey Ozar!

Welcome to the AVS Forum - HTPC Linux Chat.

Thanks, Paul... it's good to see you here!
post #20 of 38
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Originally Posted by waterhead View Post

I respect your opinion so much that I am currently installing Xfce on my openSUSE-Linux tablet! I'll let you guys know how it is with a touchscreen.

Edit: In Xfce there's no default on-screen keyboard that comes up when you click on a text-entry area. In Gnome 3 there is. FAIL!!

...sheesh, with all my extolling of XFCE/Xubuntu, and NOW you try it
post #21 of 38
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Originally Posted by Rgb View Post

...sheesh, with all my extolling of XFCE/Xubuntu, and NOW you try it

Me and Ozar go way back, when I used to help out at LinuxForums.org. Not that your opinion isn't of value.

I still prefer Gnome 3 to Xfce, although I really didn't give Xfce much of a try (2 minutes).
post #22 of 38
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Originally Posted by waterhead View Post

Me and Ozar go way back, when I used to help out at LinuxForums.org. Not that your opinion isn't of value.

No offense actually taken- just ribbing you

On a separate note, I am kinda depressed at the low numbers who have taken the poll. Yeah, I knew the traffic here was low relative to the other areas of the forum, but I figured by now (2012), more Win HTPC users might be trying out a Linux media PC by now.

Amazing the market power one company (MS) still holds over people. Power corrupts
post #23 of 38
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Originally Posted by Rgb View Post

On a separate note, I am kinda depressed at the low numbers who have taken the poll. Yeah, I knew the traffic here was low relative to the other areas of the forum, but I figured by now (2012), more Win HTPC users might be trying out a Linux media PC by now.

Amazing the market power one company (MS) still holds over people. Power corrupts

Why do you assume that everyone who runs a Linux HTPC (or even just everyone who reads this subforum) would participate in this poll?
That one heck of an assumption!

A lot of Linux HTPC users are on the xbmc forum, not here.
post #24 of 38
Thread Starter 
I was hoping for at least 50 responses to the poll, but oh well. I would like to see a poll like this in a place that would get a lot of responses.
post #25 of 38
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Originally Posted by Ericglo View Post

I was hoping for at least 50 responses to the poll, but oh well. I would like to see a poll like this in a place that would get a lot of responses.

If you'd like, I can make up another 30 or so Forum accounts and start voting. What would you like to see win?
post #26 of 38
Thread Starter 
GNOME 2


Actually, I am just curious what everyone prefers. It might be of some interest to developers i.e. Canonical to see what the actual users like and want to use.
post #27 of 38
Kubuntu 11.04 with Oxygen theme is asolutely and breathtakingly beautiful. Nothing else coes close, not even a Mac.
post #28 of 38
Thread Starter 
Rudy,
I would agree with you. Every time I fire up KDE, I think man this is just gorgeous. I would even live with the hour or two to reconfigure KDE to how I like it. I just have that one problem that I have mentioned a couple of times. That is putting stuff on the desktop. Every time I plug a flash drive in I think what do I do now. When I want to look for my main files, I don't want to go clicking through menus.
post #29 of 38
I've said this before in other threads, I don't have a problem with KDE being highly configurable (in fact I like that part of it). What i have a problem with is figuring out where the hell controls are located and what they f*cking do.

In my last go around with KDE4, I somehow accidentally changed the background color for the windows that are opened by the widgets on the panel and then wasted an hour of my time trying to figure out how to change it back before I gave up and went back to using Gnome2.

Ironically, KDE4 would be really nice for someone that doesn't want to change anything about it. But if you want to do any customizations, it's like playing Myst, you're reduced to having to randomly click on everything that looks like it might be a control and praying that it won't do something that you can't reverse.

If I could find a good tutorial on KDE4, I might learn to like it. But the only tutorials I've found aren't really very good. If they cover customizing at all, it's only very superficially. They don't cover the obscure stuff that needs it.
post #30 of 38
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Originally Posted by Ericglo View Post

Rudy,
I would agree with you. Every time I fire up KDE, I think man this is just gorgeous. I would even live with the hour or two to reconfigure KDE to how I like it. I just have that one problem that I have mentioned a couple of times. That is putting stuff on the desktop. Every time I plug a flash drive in I think what do I do now. When I want to look for my main files, I don't want to go clicking through menus.

KDE4 does have the desktop icon functionality, but I guess it's not enabled by default on Kubuntu. Both on Mandriva and on Mageia it always has been enabled by default so I'm not sure how to enable it, but you could try out Mageia 2 (KDE version) which is a very nice distro, much more polished than Kubuntu.
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