"GNOME and KDE are the most popular desktop environments for
Linux by a mile, but they're not the only games in town. If you're
ready to shake things up on the desktop, we've got five of the best
alternatives for you to choose from.
"I'm using the term "window manager" a bit loosely in the
headline because, well, it's a headline. For the purposes of this
round-up, I'm looking at the best desktop environment/window
managers for Linux. What's the difference between a desktop
environment and a window manager? I'm glad you asked. Window
managers do just that â€" manage placement and handling
of "windows" in X. GNOME and KDE, for example, have default window
managers (Metacity and KWin, respectively) but also provide a lot
of features and applications that you won't find with something
like, say, FVWM or twm.
"Even though KDE and GNOME get most of the attention, though, it
doesn't mean they're always the best choice. Sometimes you want
something that's more lightweight than KDE or GNOME. Maybe you want
something a bit more configurable, or more minimalistic. Maybe you
just want something old school because it's fun. Whatever the
reasons, in no particular order, I've got five of the best window
managers for you to choose from."