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SysAdmin: Selecting a GUI for Linux

Jan 16, 2000, 17:57 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"You've probably been using Linux for years as a workhorse system for file serving, Web serving, and other thankless tasks. When Linux first came into the shop, it was as a server only and little thought was given to needing a graphical user interface (GUI). Recently, the focus on Linux has been as a workstation or desktop operating system. It's little wonder - the advantages of Linux over other desktop offerings in terms of speed, reliability, and cost of ownership are huge. However, one thing you don't have to think about with other operating systems is what GUI to use. From a systems administrator's point of view, choosing a GUI for Linux doesn't mean picking the prettiest of the lot, but finding a GUI with the features users need with the lowest cost of ownership."

"With Linux, there are many GUIs to choose from. In this article, I'll provide a brief overview of the features of the three most popular GUIs for Linux and try to ease the path through the jungle for sys admins who until now haven't had to worry about anything other than Linux's command line interface. Although there are dozens of Linux GUIs out there, the big three are CDE, KDE, and GNOME. Many of the GUIs for Linux are window managers only, but these three are complete desktop environments. Each GUI includes user tools, applications, network utilities, and development tools."

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