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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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5. GNOME 3's progress
When the latest GNOME hit the desktop, it was not only filled with bugs, but it was a hardly usable replacement for what was probably the most efficient and stable desktop available. Yet GNOME 3 has come on so far in such a short time. In less than a year, it has become incredibly reliable and efficient. Few pieces of software can claim such an improvement over such a short period.
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