Linux Users Have Luxury of Choosing From Diverse Desktop Options

 
 
By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2013-08-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The open-source Linux operating system is widely deployed on enterprise server infrastructure, but it also has a place on the desktop, as well. While many in the Linux community have long speculated on when "The Year of the Linux Desktop" would finally arrive, the reality is that there is no single such entity as THE Linux Desktop. The Linux desktop ecosystem is diverse, with multiple options and choices to suit different user needs and user preferences. Open-source Linux desktops can also be vendor-agnostic and can be deployed across any number of different Linux operating system distributions. The big enterprise Linux distributions tend to offer the GNOME Linux desktop as the default choice, but it's not the only one. In fact, GNOME itself is now somewhat fractured with multiple desktop environment options and derivatives, including GNOME Shell, GNOME Classic, Unity, Mate and Cinnamon. Looking beyond GNOME-based Linux desktops, KDE, XFCE and LXDE also provide interesting options for users to consider.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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