So the year has now come to an end, 2019 is now behind us. It’s been a good year for Linux and there have been some brilliant releases from distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian,Elementary, Fedora, etc. Which has made it hard to choose a home for my personal laptop. My desktop never changes insofar as the main storage device boots into Debian. I have other storage devices I use to test other distributions here and there but Debian is my permanent home on my desktop. On my laptop however I like to mix it up a bit and it’s gone through it’s fair share of transformations since it has been in my possession.
For 2020 I wanna start with a clean slate and install a new distribution to see me into the new year. I hadn’t actually settled on this particular distribution until the last minute but I’m going with Manjaro. Manjaro released version 18.1.5 with only a few days left of 2019!
So I decided which distribution I was going to be using I just wasn’t sure which desktop environment I was going with. Aside from their community editions Manjaro offers 3 versions on their main download page. Those 3 being GNOME, KDE and XFCE. I knew I wanted a change from GNOME so it was between XFCE and KDE. I downloaded both versions and dual booted my laptop to test out which one I preferred.
First up was XFCE. I’m a big fan of XFCE and I am very familiar with it. XFCE is snappy and lightweight. I did notice however the RAM consumption exceeds what I would normally expect from the XFCE desktop environment. Watch the video below for my full experience in testing Manjaro XFCE out.
Moving onto Manjaro KDE now, the flashier and traditionally ‘heavier’ desktop environment compared to XFCE. However in this case it’s KDE that appears to be using less system resources at boot. Something I did not expect. Watch the video below for my full experience
So in the end both desktop environments utilise similar lay outs. With KDE though you’re getting a bit more of modern polish to your desktop without using more system resources. You also have the ability to customize your desktop’s appearance easier on KDE with the ‘Global Themes’ and download from a large catalogue of pre built themes.