Best Distros for GNOME, KDE, XFCE and more! (Late 2020)

Mornin’ Pengus

Our frend InfinetelyGalactic made a video about what’s the best base distro for your desktop of choice. I’m not 100% congruent with him but then he’s in the Linux “bizniz” for much longer than I am and … he’s a man. So he’s probably right and I shut my mouth.

Anyhoo, enjoy:

We all have our favourite Linux distros, but what if I told you that it’s more about choosing the right desktop environment? Here’s my recommendations for the best Linux distribution for each of the main Linux desktop environments including GNOME, KDE, Xfce, Budgie, Deepin, LXQt, Pantheon and more.


0:00 Distro vs Desktop

2:37 Manjaro for all the DEs

3:40 GNOME

5:26 KDE Plasma

7:10 Xfce

8:48 Deepin Desktop

9:41 Budgie

11:01 Cinnamon

12:20 Pantheon

13:46 MATE

14:55 LXDE/LXQt

16:29 GNOME runner up

But as IG says himself in the beginning of the video, Manjaro/Arch make the best basis for all kinda desktops. Good man. πŸ˜‰ And there are some self-explanatory combos, every penguin knows are just made for each other. Mint + Cinnamon, Red Hat/Fedora + Gnome, Elementary + Budgie, Manjaro + Xfce, Ubuntu + Mate, SuSE + KDE and and and …

Your editrix runs Mate on EndeavourOS (Arch), since she loves the utilitarian multitool approach of that combo for just getting shit done. And she doesn’t mind its plain jane look and feel. Your mileage may vary. πŸ˜‰

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