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GNOME and KDE are the top desktop environment choices you come across when you are about to choose a Linux distribution. Choosing between them isn't much of a pain if you are going straight for Ubuntu, but if you’re a bit picky about your desktop, then knowing a bit more about desktop environments becomes a must.
The beauty of Linux is that you can install multiple desktop environments on a single distro. So, you can install KDE or GNOME 3 on your Ubuntu desktop without affecting the performance of your computer in any way. Furthermore, if you want, you can also uninstall a desktop environment that you don’t like simply by entering a simple command.
Coming to the actual process of choosing a desktop environment, we are here to sort things out and help you choose the best one.