Available desktops

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This page lists and explains the different desktops available in PCLinuxOS.

Last update this web page: 02.2016

All available graphical environment you can install from Synaptic :-) These larger have also inside Synaptic task-name_desktop package which will install all needed packages for desktop environment.

Available Desktop Environments in PCLinuxOS:


Desktop Name : AfterStep

Philosophy : Provide for flexibility of desktop configuration, improving aestetics, and efficient use of system resources

Official Website : www.afterstep.org/


Desktop Name : Cinnamon

Philosophy : Do what we do best.

Official Website : Not available now. Blog blog.linuxmint.com/


Desktop Name : Enlightenment

User Target : Average/Experienced User

Minimum System : We have run and tested on x86-32, x86-64, Atom, Power-PC, ARM (ARM9, ARM11, Cortex-A8 and more), MIPS, Sparc, and many other architectures. The suggested minimum RAM required for a full Linux system + EFL application is 16MB, but you may be able to get by on 8MB. For full functionality 64MB or more is suggested. As little as a 200Mhz ARM core will provide sufficient processing power (depending on needs).

Philosophy : Enlightenment is not just a window manager for Linux/X11 and others , but also a whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces with much less work than doing it the old fashioned way and fighting with traditional toolkits, not to mention a traditional window manager. It covers uses from small mobile devices like phones all the way to powerful multi-core desktops (which are the primary development environment).

Official Website : www.enlightenment.org


Desktop Name : Fluxbox

Philosophy : It is very light on resources and easy to handle but yet full of features to make an easy, and extremely fast, desktop experience.

Official Website : fluxbox.org/


Desktop Name : FVWM

Philosophy : Many of these features can be disabled at runtime or compile time, or dynamically for specific windows or loaded and unloaded as modules, or many other possibilities. These are not rigid features, FVWM does not dictate how the user's desktop should work or look like but provides the mechanisms to configure the desktop to work, look and behave the way the user wants it to.

Official Website : www.fvwm.org/


Desktop Name : Gnome

Not available and no longer supported in PCLinuxOS

Philosophy : GNOME is easy to use and easy to learn: the usability project team makes sure of it. GNOME has all the software you need every day: games, browser, email, office suite, and more. In addition, excellent Windows file compatibility means you can work with files that Windows users send you, and extensive manuals and help systems mean you're never without resources.

Official Website : www.gnome.org


Desktop Name : IceWM

Philosophy : IceWM is speed, simplicity, and not getting in the user's way.

Official Website : www.icewm.org/


Desktop Name : KDE

User Target : New/Experienced User

Minimum System : Hardware_recommendations

Philosophy : For users on Linux and Unix, KDE offers a full suite of user workspace applications which allow interaction with these operating systems in a modern, graphical user interface. This includes Plasma Desktop, KDE's innovative desktop interface. Other workspace applications are included to aid with system configuration, running programs, or interacting with hardware devices. While the fully integrated KDE Workspaces are only available on Linux and Unix, some of these features are available on other platforms.

Official Website : www.kde.org


Desktop Name : LXDE

User Target : New/Average User

Minimum System : It is especially designed for cloud computers with low hardware specifications, such as, netbooks, mobile devices (e.g. MIDs) or older computers.

Philosophy : The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment. Maintained by an international community of developers, it comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. LXDE uses less CPU and less RAM than other environments. LXDE can be installed with distributions like Ubuntu or Debian. It provides a fast desktop experience; connecting easily with applications in the cloud. LXDE supports a wealth of programs that can be installed locally with Linux systems. The source code of LXDE is licensed partly under the terms of the the General Public License and partly under the LGPL.

Official Website : www.lxde.org


Desktop Name : LXQt

Philosophy : A lightweight, modular, blazing-fast and user-friendly desktop environment, product of the merge between the LXDE-Qt and the Razor-qt

Official Website : lxqt.org/


Desktop Name : Mate

Philosophy : It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

Official Website : mate-desktop.com/


Desktop Name : Openbox

Philosophy : Openbox uses the *box visual style, while providing a greater number of options for theme developers than previous *box implementations.

Official Website : openbox.org/wiki/Main_Page

Window Maker

Desktop Name : Window Maker

Philosophy : In every way possible, it reproduces the elegant look and feel of the NEXTSTEP user interface. It is fast, feature rich, easy to configure, and easy to use.

Official Website : windowmaker.org/


Desktop Name : XFCE

User Target : Average/Experienced User

Minimum System : P3 w 256 MB Ram to Hardware recommendations

Philosophy : Xfce 4.6 embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and re-usability. It consists of a number of components that together provide the full functionality of the desktop environment. They are packaged separately and you can pick and choose from the available packages to create the best personal working environment.

Official Website : www.xfce.org