Last Updated on May 27, 2022
We consider many factors when determining a desktop’s user experience. Is the DE stable? Is it easy to navigate? Does it offer good integration, or does it feel like a bunch of standalone applications lumped together? Does it require hardware-accelerated graphics to feel snappy? Do the fonts look attractive or an eyesore? Does it meet a user’s requirements in the eye candy stakes?
Pantheon is not alone in offering a minimalist yet stylish DE. The Pantheon desktop is very simple and easy to learn. We particularly admire its intuitive design which helps to offer a pleasing user experience. There’s good integration between its components. Pantheon chooses a rather different approach to the position of the window buttons. The close button is on the left while the maximize button is on the right. And there is no minimize button. But this can be enabled with its Tweaks utility. The three core rules the developers set for themselves were “concision”, “accessible configuration” and “minimal documentation”. The third of these is something not to aspire to.
TDE’s appearance looks dated compared to the modern mainstream DEs. Its design retains the old-school KDE 3.5 desktop environment, with the same traditional and responsive metaphors that comprises of a single panel at the bottom edge of the screen. There’s applets, workspaces, a good menu, and more. The user experience hasn’t improved much since KDE 3.5, and lags behind KDE Plasma 5 in so many respects.
LXDE offers a familiar experience with traditional metaphors. It’s easy to add application shortcuts to the desktop. Unlike other major desktop environments such as GNOME, the components of LXDE have few dependencies and are not tightly integrated.
Learn more about the features offered by each desktop environment. We’ve compiled a dedicated page for each desktop environment explaining, in detail, the features each offers together with screenshots.
|Pantheon||Showcasing the elementary OS|
|LXDE||Desktop environment with low resource requirement|
|Trinity Desktop||Qt3-based KDE 3.x form traditional computer desktop that is responsive|