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sugar-dots-deactivated20160925  asked:

You mentioned Gnome 3 recently, and I was wondering what your impressions of it are compared to other DEs? I like Ubuntu's Unity a lot and am curious about Gnome 3, now that it's improved significantly since its launch years ago.

My views on popular Linux Desktop Environments

1) This is my view on the most popular GNU/Linux desktop environments, from an artist’s stand point of an everyday OS. On my way searching for the perfect desktop, I tried almost every DEs I can find until I landed on Gnome 3. DEs that I didn’t mentioned here are either unmaintained, too rare, or too bare-bone for everyday use.

2) Typical distributions are all Ubuntu based here, because they are much more stable and user friendly.

3) All my experience based on Ubuntu 16.04 and its derivatives.

4) I’m here to share my experience, not to argue.


Typical distribution: Ubuntu (original flavor)

I used to love Unity in Ubuntu 12.04, but now it has evolved into something I don’t really like. Many issues stay unfixed for years. Considering Gnome 3 has become so much better these days, I wouldn’t use it myself. But to be fair, it’s very capable for everybody.


1) Combined title bar with main menu and task bar, saves a lot of vertical space. A god-sent for netbooks with the typical resolution of 1366x768.

2) Launcher resembles Windows 7′s pin-to-taskbar. Very good for multitasking.


1) Combined title bar hides application menu by default, disrupts workflow, together with overlay scrollbar, they cause compatibility issues.

2) Colorful app launcher is a major distraction.

3) Unmaintained settings center, broken Wacom tablet setting dialogue that cannot map Ctrl/Shift/Alt (DEAL BREAKER FOR ARTIST).

4) Compiz the default composit manager of Unity. It’s not well maintained, GPU intense, sluggish and unstable. Metacity is the non-GL fallback, but it doesn’t even do the bare necessities like window snapping.

5) Cross DE setting intervention with the GTK/Gnome side. You don’t know which .conf has the upper hand. Technically complicated.

6) Stressful, alarmingly orange icon/highlight color. Theme taste really shows its age. Not compatible with typical GTK themes.

7) Inserts online, commercial stuff into your dash search.


Typical distribution: Linux Mint


1) Startup menu like Windows 7, easy for the new Linux users.

2) Provides plenty of customizations.

3) Nemo the powerful file manager. The major attraction of this DE.


1) Muffin, the window manager and compositor of Cinnamon, has this mystical, irritating delay when it does anything. It feels really sluggish. Unstable. Has plenty of compatibility issues.

2) Probably not going to behave well outside Linux Mint. But Linux Mint installs all those proprietary crap by default even when the free equivalent being superior. (MAJOR DEAL BREAKER)

3) Has both Gnome’s settings and its own controls. Cross DE setting intervention worse than Unity. (MAJOR DEAL BREAKER)

4) Broken Wacom settings dialogue (DEAL BREAKER FOR ARTIST).

5) Nemo is too complicated when you don’t use those advanced stuff most of the time.

6) Themes, wallpapers and icons are plain tasted.

7) Every customization needs to be pull from internet, but the server often fails. And most of those customizations are not that useful to begin with.


Typical distribution: Ubuntu MATE

I’d recommend this for non-artist, desktop user that does multitasking and likes traditional user interaction.


1) Simple and snappy. Traditional desktop interaction that is easy to learn and make sense.

2) Low key look. Doesn’t distract.

3) Caja the powerful file manager. Almost as good as Nemo.

4) Plenty of settings that actually do stuff.

5) Everything feels cohesive. There is no particularly old components.


1) No color management setting dialogue. (DEAL BREAKER FOR ARTIST)

2) No graphics tablet settings dialogue. (DEAL BREAKER FOR ARTIST)

3) Caja is ugly as sin with its clickable path bar.

4) Marco is not a very powerful display manager. Numerous small hiccups with mouse cursor, window resize and stuff.

5) No one can remember and read the names of its applications correctly: Atril, Caja, Engrampa, Pluma. BTW they all read like latins. People don’t even say its name MATE right most of the time. It’s so confusing.

6) Bad power management. Drains battery faster when it doesn’t even use OpenGL to perform a carnival like Unity+Compiz.

KDE Plasma 5

Typical distribution: Kubuntu

I’d recommend this for non-artist, desktop user that does multitasking and likes modern widget-based user interaction.


1) Very nice modern looking themes and icons.

2) KDE applications are all very powerful. Krita being one of them.

3) Very customizable. So many widgets to chose from.


1) No color management setting dialogue. (DEAL BREAKER FOR ARTIST)

2) No graphics tablet settings dialogue. (DEAL BREAKER FOR ARTIST)

3) Some GTK applications like GIMP, has problem with KDE’s font antialiasing settings. (DEAL BREAKER FOR ARTIST although it’s not KDE’s fault)

4) Kwin the window manager of KDE Plasma 5 really likes to crash.

5) Some GTK application looks weird under KDE. But many popular apps are GTK.

6) Some components and applications are still KDE 4, it’s not very cohesive.

Gnome 3

Typical distribution: Ubuntu Gnome

I’d recommend this for artists. By far it has all the key functions for artists and has the least major issues.


1) Streamlined, simple visual design and user interaction. It behaves as expected. Very easy to get used to.

2) Very low distraction. Lets you focus on only 1 window.

3) Powerful color manager. It can assign multiple ICC profiles to multiple devices. Any change is immediately effective. Things don’t come close under Windows. It’s very hard to go back to Windows once you know how useful this is.

4) Very well designed Wacom tablet controls.

5) Customizable with extensions, and they do a lot of things too.

6) Great universal access functions for the impeded people.

7) Everything feels cohesive. There is no particularly old components.


1) Not multitasking friendly. Window switcher is hidden by default. Can be enabled with extension, but it defeats its major goal of low distraction design.

2) Non-GTK3 applications with that huge title bar, that’s a lot to get used to for new users.

3) Gnome apps, most of them are too simple in function.

4) Nautilus the file manager is too bare-boned. The simplification of user interface design has gone too far after 3.14 and it actually makes everyday tasks done with more clicks.