As someone who's been running and testing Linux desktops almost from day one, I think I know a
thing or two about the top Linux desktops.So here, from bottom to top, is a gallery of my current favorites.
Number 5: SystemRescueCD
SystemRescueCD isn't a Linux desktop you'd use every day, but it's essential to anyone who's ever had to fix a misbehaving desktop of any sort.
It's back to the past with SystemRescueCD's no frills boot-up . It's goal is to get you to the tools you need to fix your PC as fast as possible.
Note: You can click on any image in this gallery to enlarge.
OpenSUSE's YaST administration program gives the administrator unparalleled control of every aspect of his or her system.
OpenSUSE makes it easy to see what's what on your PC.
And, after a very little fiddling with it, I'm very happy with my MEPIS KDE-based destkop.
One of my favorite MEPIS features is that it comes with “Assistant” panels. These make it very easy to find all the settings you need for a particular feature set. In this case, it's networking.
Unity, which is based on GNOME 3.0, uses its left-hand launcher bar to start applications and gets you to the file manager. If that doesn't work for you, there's always the search everything, everywhere interface.
Under Unity, Ubuntu still makes it easy to manage your PC's settings.
Mint's GNOME interface may be old-fashioned but it still makes finding applications when you need them easy to do.
Like Ubuntu, Mint makes finding and installing software programs easy.