Interchangeability / Flexibility of Linux Desktop Environments

11/12/2013 08:43

One great feature of Linux is that programs / applications that are made to run in any one of these desktop environments will normally work in the others. For example, GNOME Games can also run in KDE, Xfce, or LXDE while KDE Games can likewise run in GNOME, Xfce, and LXDE. It should also be mentioned that many major Linux distros offer versions in multiple desktop environments / window managers, which includes all four of the desktop environments described above, and it is even possible to have any combination of GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, Enlightenment, or other desktop environments / window managers installed simultaneously on your Linux system. However, when installing multiple Linux desktop environments / window managers on the same computer, it is important to know that there will be may redundancies between similar applications (system tools, games, etc.) found within each. 

Another outstanding feature of Linux desktop environments / window managers is their flexibility, which gives users the ability to
customize them to look quite unique, or to imitate the look of other operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS X. The default desktop in Dreamlinux looks much like Mac OS X, and Zorin OS has a nice feature called "Look Changer" which allows users to choose the normal GNOME desktop, or from desktops very similar to either Windows 7 or XP.