Documentation & Support
DEs are often large and complex systems. They need some experience to master. Good DEs offer official documentation.
Unless you’re one of those bury your hand in the sand types, you’ll appreciate that documentation is generally awful, people hate writing it, and if anyone criticizes the lack of good documentation for software, wait for the tired retort, “Why don’t you write some documentation then?” Of course, end users wanting to learn about unfamiliar software are not good candidates to write the documentation.
Pantheon is designed by the Elementary OS distribution. There isn’t a dedicated website for Pantheon, but the distro’s website offers the reader a basic outline covering the panel and the dock. There’s a brief introduction to some of the desktop’s features including indicators, hot corners, and workspaces. Scant information only.
TDE’s website provides useful information. There’s a fairly detailed FAQ which explains how to use the panel, desktop, window manager, file manager, and how to configure the environment. There’s some useful tips with more in the Documentation section which offers a container of tips and tricks invoked by users. But it’s still pretty woeful.
LXDE’s wiki offers users better fare. There’s reasonable coverage of the various components of the DE, as well as its accessories, system tools, and configuration tools. In total, the wiki has 56 pages.
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|