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Best desktop enviroment for laptop?

asked 2014-03-15 18:40:22 -0500

iBlacK gravatar image


I currently have a 14" laptop, which is very powerfull in terms of hardware, but I would like to try Fedora on it using a desktop enviroment that doesn't consume too much energy, but also that's easy to use and it's comfortable when using the touchpad.

Any recomendations?


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answered 2014-03-15 18:52:36 -0500

Try with simple xfce4. It's very configurable - you can set your desktop any way you want.

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Thanks for your reply. One questions, is Xfce4 the default one included with the Xfce spin?

iBlacK gravatar imageiBlacK ( 2014-03-15 18:56:45 -0500 )edit

Yes; Xfce 4.10, if I'm not mistaken.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-03-16 01:18:46 -0500 )edit

Yes, if starting from the scratch than XFCE spin is ok. Moreover if you have already running Fedora with e.g. Gnome3 (my case couple of months ago) you could easily switch to XFCE with

yum install @xfce

You'll find more info here:

Maciej Lasyk aka docent gravatar imageMaciej Lasyk aka docent ( 2014-03-16 05:37:39 -0500 )edit

Yup! XFCE, I'd recommend. Light, functional and fast.

Marundu Muturi gravatar imageMarundu Muturi ( 2014-03-27 06:39:33 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-03-16 03:29:03 -0500

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updated 2014-03-16 03:43:34 -0500

I use a laptop and i am happy with gnome in Fedora 20. It's very nice and polished and easily extendable. gnome extensions Performance difference is neglible and you will probably have Fedora tuned in and going as well.

And Looks Good

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answered 2014-03-16 13:45:50 -0500

jensm gravatar image

I prefer LXDE for Notebooks/Netbooks

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answered 2014-03-26 20:42:02 -0500

wangd gravatar image

You probably want xfce as Maciej suggested. A couple other ones to try, depending on whether you're comfortable stepping away from full-featured desktop environments:

  • Fluxbox - it looks sparse, but it's really efficient, and the tabbed windows feature is quite nice.
  • Enlightenment - might not be much lighter than gnome in memory, but it reputedly light on CPU.

Both have long-ish histories and are very good at preserving screen real-estate,

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answered 2014-03-16 00:23:57 -0500

gaurav9 gravatar image

You can try cinnamon desktop or mate desktop

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