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What's the best Linux desktop environment?

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These are interesting times for the Linux desktop. The often-overlooked area of the Linux ecosystem is now the centre of attention and, while some users have welcomed the changes, others have reacted in true community style: ranting and raging, threatening to abandon ship or, when all else fails, demanding a fork.

It's an all-too-familiar sight for those who were around when KDE shocked users with it's 4.0 release. It was a similar story with the release of Gnome 3.0, but with an interesting twist – Ubuntu, the most popular Gnome distribution, rolled out its own home-grown interface on top of Gnome.

Ubuntu's Unity is as radical as Gnome 3.

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