According to the results of our FOSS Force Desktop Poll, our readers prefer KDE over any other desktop environment by a wide margin. In fact, all other desktops were practically left at the gate.
The poll accompanied Ken Starks’ article Those Krazy Kids & KDE, which talked about the preference his Reglue kids express for the KDE desktop. Because Starks’ article focused on KDE, GNOME 3 and Cinnamon, we focused our poll on those same three desktops. However, we included an “Other” category, under which another desktop could be entered. The poll asked the question, “Which desktop environment do you prefer?”
As I mentioned, the results weren’t even close. 70% of you said you prefer KDE, with no other desktop cracking the 10% mark. I find this somewhat fascinating, given the fact that until a few years ago KDE was stuck in a second place rut and GNOME was firmly entrenched in the catbird seat.
If nothing else, the results of this poll illustrates how far GNOME has fallen. GNOME 3 came in with only 8% of the vote, followed by Cinnamon, which started life as a fork of the GNOME shell, with a 6% showing. Taken as a whole, “Other” beat them both, with 16% of the vote.
Looking at the breakdown of the “Other” answers, it becomes obvious that several other desktops might have bested both GNOME 3 and Cinnamon if they’d been included on the ballot. The popular lightweight desktop Xfce led the pack in the “Other” category, garnering a 5% total. The Ubuntu desktop, Unity, came in next with 3% of the votes. LXDE and Mate each made a 2% showing, followed by GNOME 2 with almost 1%. Enlightenment, Openbox and Razor-qt each received two votes for a fraction of a percent.
All of the other write-in desktops received 1 vote each. Making this list were Fluxbox, Awesome, herbstluftwm, twm and Blackbox.