The state of FOSS Desktop Environments and Window Managers

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As a project lead on Cloverleaf Linux, we come from the background at Fuduntu, of having a very polished Gnome 2 interface, out of box, that many people seem to have enjoyed, and frankly, wish to still be able to have. Unfortunately, these folks have largely been left in the lurch by the GNOME team, as none of the GTK3 based environments really offer that same interface experience that Gnome 2 offered. So we have spent a fair bit of time looking into, evaluating, testing, and playing with various Desktop Environments, especially in regards to what we are going to choose as a default environment, to try to provide that same sort of Out Of The Box experience that Fuduntu had with Gnome 2. So I thought I would share some of my thoughts about the various environments and/or window managers that we’ve looked at, and some of the reasonings behind giving them thumbs up, or thumbs down.

In this first installation, I’m just going to look at the GTK based options. I’ll look at QT based Environments, and then some of the standalones in subsequent posts.

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