5 reasons why you should use KDE as Linux Desktop Environment

by May 14, 2015 0 comments

Increase the power of your Linux by combining Command Line Interface (CLI) with  a perfect Graphical User Interface Environment  

Linux is well known for its CLI and most of the advanced users prefer to use Linux in command line without any limitations but at other GUI would still be limited.  But what about newbies and intermediate users who want use Linux as graphical user interface. For Linux, there are several choices available for GUI desktops. The popular GUI’s are Xfce, MATE, Cinnamon, LXDE, GNOME, KDE, and for the kids, Sugar. I have tried various desktops but despite the fact that all of these desktops have many good features, we suggest you to try KDE. To know why, read on:

KDE originally stood for Kool Desktop Environment but is now known by many as the K Desktop Environment. KDE is powerful, flexible, and it can be fun. I think that “Kool” still applies.

1. Integration: One of the best features of KDE is integration. It can be well integrated with many applications of all kinds. All the applications which are typically part of the GNOME desktop also work just fine in KDE without any modification. So, if you want to install KDE on your system, you don’t need to worry about the pre-installed applications.

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2. Looks:  You can customize the look of the KDE Plasma workspace and set colors to suit your moods. You can easily change icons, widgets, fonts, pointers, the window decorations, and much more. In the system settings, their is an option Window decorations that defines the look of the borders and buttons on the window frame.

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3. Flexibility: KDE offers easy accessibility with single and double clicks for opening files and folders, power management, Bluetooth and configuring other connectivity options. KDE also allows you to define the functions of your mouse buttons, how windows behave and mount storage devices and specify which applications to open automatically.

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4. Konsole:  You can open multiple tabs in the terminal for running various command sessions simultaneously. In one terminal tab, you can login as root and non-root in another tab. You can create many sessions like one for root on the local host, a root session on web and email server, and so on.

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5. Widgets and Multiple desktops:  Any desktop can be made interactive and user-friendly, if you can add widgets without any hassle and KDE, is one of that. There are widgets for almost anything and they can be added for monitoring various aspects of the system’s health, the weather, and various types of calculators, clocks, news feeds, messaging, and much more.  Multiple desktops are very oldest feature and many of are using it, the main benefit it that if you want to use one desktop for any typical user  stuff like email, web browsing, and writing documents and another desktop for development of new scripts and modification of old ones as well as testing them in virtual machines. Then this will help you to keep your things a bit separate and organized way.

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Moreover, the way multiple desktops present in KDE is really a showing off thing. The way it switching between different desktops is really given 3D and perfect graphical experience. You can configure the different effects like Wobbly Windows, Jello, gliding and more. Here, we had configured cube effect which rotates the screen in the cube while switching.

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