The three most popular desktop environments in Linux are GNOME, KDE, and XFCE. All three offer sophisticated point-and-click graphical interfaces which are on par with the desktop environments found in Windows and Mac OS X. When you ask different people which of the three is best, you will likely get many different answers. So which is the best between GNOME, KDE, and XFCE? Well..... it is largely a matter of opinion, and the capabilities of your computer hardware can also be important in deciding. GNOME, KDE, and XFCE are all excellent, and here is a brief description of each:
LXDE, JWM, Fluxbox, and Enlightenment which are great for extremely old computers. Another outstanding feature of Linux is the ability to customize a desktop environment to make it look quite unique, or to imitate the look of other operating systems. Click here to see a larger screenshot of the GNOME desktop in Linux Mint 9 customized to resemble Mac OS X, using Docky which can be downloaded and installed from the Linux Mint Software Manager.
Click here to see more examples of customized Linux desktops . Below are links to websites which offer a wide variety of eye candy for the GNOME, KDE, and XFCE desktops:
Click here to learn more about the differences between the various Linux desktop environments .