Which windows manager to choose?

Generally speaking, there are two mainstream windows managers for Linux. Though it should be mentioned that there are many others, KDE and Gnome are usually the main ones selected.


KDE has been used widely for some time, although a number of issues have seen this windows manager become problematic.  Such example problems include:

  • Fedora 8 – KDE Version 3.5.9-5 Fedora
    • If X or the system is restarted, the system will blank screen after 10 minutes or so (not useful in the AG application). This is because the screensaver and/or power settings are not stored correctly, requiring the settings have to be “re-adjusted” each time.
    • Use to cause rat to default back to ALSA (rather than OSS) regularly.
  • Fedora 10 – KDE Version 4.1
    • Fedora 10's KDE Remote Desktop Sharing (Krfb) is broken (as of Jan 2009)
      • A workaround is to use x0vncserver
    • There are a few issues with getting the display working correctly
      • Twinview doesn’t work (as of Jan 2009)
      • On Intel chipsets (display), it has been found to be problematic
  • Fedora 13 - KDE still to be tested (July 2010)

Though KDE is still a pretty good windows manager and maybe fine for the experienced users, it is suggested, especially for novice users, to use Gnome.


Generally speaking, gnome is the default X-Windows for many Linux distributions. With some recent testing, is has been found to be easier to configure and less problematic.

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