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Desktop environments comparison

There is a comparison of “mainstream” desktop environments available on Debian. Before installing any of them, look at CPU and RAM requirements!

XfceLXDEGNOME ShellKDEMate DE (GNOME 2.x fork)Enlightenment
Recommended CPU250MHz250MHz600MHz800MHz300MHz200MHz
RAM Usage160MB128MB512MB512MB256MB96MB
In default reposYesYesYesYesNoNo
CompatibilityFullBugs with transparencyOnly fallback session available (in Wheezy)Full (but KDE may be very slow on A10)Rather fullBugs frequently
Widgets libraryGTK2+GTK3+Qt+GTK2+Elementary
Specific applicationsWindows managerXfwm4OpenboxMutterKwinMarcoEnlightenment
File managerThunarPCManFMNautilusDolphin/KonquerorCajaEFM
Video playerParoleNoneTotemDragonTotemNone
Music playerLxMusicRhythmboxAmarokGNOME MPlayer
Display managerLightDMLightDM/LXDMGDMKDMLightDM/older GDM versions
ScreensaverXscreensaverGNOME ScreensaverKScreensaverMATE Screensaver
Office SuiteGNOME OfficeGNOME Office / LibreOfficeCalligra SuiteGNOME OfficeGNOME Office
TerminalXFCE TerminalLXTerminalGNOME TerminalKonsoleMATE TerminalEterm
Web browserIceweaselChromiumEpiphanyKonquerorEpiphanyEve/Midori
Text editorMousepadLeafpadGeditKatePlumaNone

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