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The sheer variety of the Linux desktop is unmatched by any other platform. If you want something a little more traditional, go for KDE. If you want a more multitouch, friendly but original desktop, try either GNOME 3 or Ubuntu Unity. For something in between, you could opt for the attractive E17 or the lightweight and reliable Xfce.
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Every Linux desktop offers its own combination of features, ranging from the standard to the extraordinary. This richness of feature choice is an area where Linux has always been king. Who can compete with the ability of open-source developers to create such an abundance of features? Of course, not every feature is an outright success, but you can count a number of notable hits among the vast number of new features appearing on the Linux desktop every year.
Pictured above is the E17 distro.
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4. KDE 4.8 activities
I've always admired desktop activities. With the rollout of KDE 4.8, this feature has been made easier to use, as well as more effective and reliable. If you've never experienced KDE activities, KDE 4.8 is a good time to try. With a quick access button, preconfigured activities, and a much more responsive and reliable system, it can rapidly become your favourite desktop feature, allowing you to work far more efficiently and cleanly.
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