In some articles we have described lists of the best GNU / Linux distributions for certain niches or for certain professions, what were the best distros for a company or for a certain task. But now we are going to go directly to the desktop environments that we have at our disposal in the GNU / Linux operating system and among which we can choose. Well, desktop environments have always been treated from the point of view of usability, graphics, configuration, etc., but ...
¿Which desktop environment would be friendlier for your company? Well, in this article we are going to try to describe some of the best desktop environments for companies by giving a brief description of what each one can contribute, whether for a medium, small or large company. And it is that in a company the values by which we are guided in a domestic environment, such as simplicity or visual appearance, may not be the most appropriate in an area where efficiency and productivity are the order of the day.
- KDE Plasma: for me it is one of my favorites because of the power and configuration capacity it has, although I am not free from having some drawbacks like everyone else. It may seem a bit heavy, but if your company's equipment has good hardware with sufficient resources, its configuration options could tailor the environment to your needs in a much more intimate way, which will save time in the long run, increasing productivity.
- MATE: It may be a better option than GNOME, since it has the simplicity that GNOME 2 liked so much with modern functionalities that can be reclaimed from a modern desktop environment. It also features a lightweight, reliable environment that can work well on under-resourced computers. And if its features are not enough, you can always extend them thanks to its applets. And if what you are looking for is greater ease in terms of configuration without editing config files, the graphical control tools allow a lot of customization margin ...
- XFCE: We already know that it is a very light environment, so it will work even on older computers or without so many resources, but a light desktop is not only important for that, but it will also leave more resources available for truly important actions, like the software that you are running in your company, making it go more fluid and does not take away as many resources. But it has a problem, and it is the difference of its applets and ways of presenting graphic elements with respect to other environments, so that an adaptation of employees to it if they are not used to it could be counterproductive.
- Cinnamon: If you have an Ubuntu distribution or based on it, this can be a good desktop environment, since it was created specifically on Linux Mint, and although it works on all kinds of distros, the adaptation is not so perfect. A beautiful interface, super fast, and a traditional menu are its main attractions. Users coming from KDE can adapt well to it, although it is certainly not as configurable as KDE Plasma.
- GNOME: I honestly liked Unity better, although if functionalities or aspects of it are integrated into the GNOME shell, we may have something better. It is honestly not the environment that I like the most, and I dislike its appearance in certain ways. But it must be recognized that it is powerful and provides a very good integration experience. On the other hand, like Plasma, you will find a large number of quite useful apps integrated into it.
But this is only an opinion, as I always say, the best product is always the one you like the most, the one you know best how to handle or the one that best suits your needs. Some people need a toolbox to do good things and others with a simple tool do wonders ... Do not forget to leave your comments or opinions.