Anyone here use Linux? If so, what distribution and desktop environment do you like?
I have gone back and forth between GNOME and Xfce and find that I like Xfce the most. I run Debian on the stable branch because I like its stability and that it doesn't force anything strange on people like Canonical does with snaps and flatpaks.
I use linux Mint Mate, dual booted w/ windows
I use Trisquel and PureOS GNU/Linux. I prefer using Trisquel GNU/Linux and MATE.
Nice. I've been considering using Trisquel before. I'm just not sure of how stable and how much manpower the project has. I like its goals. Not sure Ubuntu is a good base though for that distro?
I hear MATE is pretty good. I'm really fond of XFCE though. The simplicity and traditional interface holds up well and gets out of my way so I can focus on other things. I tried to like GNOME but no matter what it never feels 100% comfortable to me even after months of using it. The GNOME workflow is OK but theyve really made some design choices that are good but also very poor in some ways. The bar on the top, the lack of system tray, it is not a very natural desktop feeling.
I like XFCE too. Install both, and choose the one that you feel like that day
I hate having redundant applications though and each desktop tends to install its own dependencies that it prefers. Same thing with its window managers. I've just settled on XFCE for now. I get home, turn on my computer, its quick, fast, stable, and simple to use. Even if I have it on for days at a time, it doesnt tend to get weird issues like GNOME does. I've noticed if I have GNOME open for 1-2 weeks without rebooting it starts to develop lag if animations are enabled. I think GNOME is bigger than it should be since its got Red Hat and Canonical backing it. I would like to test MATE out. I should give it a try in a VM. I know I'll likely stick with XFCE though. its like a faithful loyal friend to me.
I liked it too, when my comp was slow. But it doesn't have as much functionality as Mate imo., Faster laptop, I got mate instead, minimal enough, with good function. Cinnamon, my first try on Linux, is WAY too bloated