Linux Desktop Environment

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I have a headache! Too many times I've got confused by Desktop Environment metaphor that describes a bundle of programs running on top of a computer operating system, which share a common graphical user interface (GUI). Please find my mitigation list of software that stopped me taking pills:

Desktop Environment

  • KDE
  • Cinnamon — Cinnamon is a fork of GNOME 3. Cinnamon strives to provide a traditional user experience, similar to GNOME 2
  • LXDE — The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment"
  • MATE — MATE is a fork of GNOME 2
  • Xfce — Xfce embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and re-usability
  • Unity is a shell for GNOME designed by Canonical for Ubuntu

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Display Manager

A display manager, or login manager, is typically a graphical user interface that is displayed at the end of the boot process in place of the default shell. Display managers provide X Window System users with a graphical login prompt.

  • GDM - GNOME display manager
  • KDM - KDE display manager
  • LightDM — Cross-desktop display manager
  • LXDM — LXDE display manager. Can be used independent of the LXDE desktop environment
  • MDM — MDM display manager, used in Linux Mint, a fork of GDM 2
  • XDM — X display manager with support for XDMCP, host chooser. Xdm manages a collection of X displays, which may be on the local host or remote servers. The design of xdm was guided by the needs of X terminals as well as The Open Group standard XDMCP, the X Display Manager Control Protocol. Xdm provides services similar to those provided by init, getty and login on character terminals: prompting for login name and password, authenticating the user, and running a "session."

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Windows Manager

Window managers (WMs) are X clients that provide the border around a window. A window manager (WM) is one component of a system's graphical user interface (GUI).The window manager controls the appearance of an application and how it is managed: the border, titlebar, size, and ability to resize a window are handled by window managers.

  • Metacity — This window manager strives to be quiet, small, stable, get on with its job, and stay out of your attention.
  • Compiz — OpenGL compositing manager
  • Openbox — Highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support
  • Fluxbox — Window manager for X that was based on the Blackbox 0.61.1 code.
  • IceWM — Window manager for the X Window System
  • Xfwm — The Xfce window manager manages the placement of application windows on the screen, provides beautiful window decorations, manages workspaces or virtual desktops and natively supports multiscreen mode.

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