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The Fragmentation of the Linux Desktop

Jan 18, 2012, 15:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

As recently as a year ago, the Linux desktop was easy to describe. GNOME and KDE dominated, both offered an ecosystem of applications, and neither much different from Windows and OS X in their goals or design. Xfce was a distant third, with other desktop environments trailing even further behind.

Now, at the start of 2012, the state of the Linux desktop is radically altered. GNOME and KDE remain popular, but GNOME has been fragmented by the rise of Ubuntu's Unity shell.

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