Insight: Best Linux Desktop Environments In 2020

Let’s discuss the Linux desktop environments for the year 2020. These days every Linux distros have their own desktop environments which means that we have plenty of options available on the Internet to replace our default Linux desktop environment.

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Note: This is our list of best Linux desktop environments in 2020 but let us know if you want to include or remove any desktop environments from this list with your valid opinions.

Best Linux Desktop Environments In 2020

1. Gnome

Let’s start with the popular Linux desktop environment Gnome desktop environment. It is being used in various popular Linux distros like Ubuntu. Gnome is the default desktop environment in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and  GNOME 3.36 will be used in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

2. KDE

KDE is another widely adapted Linux desktop environment. KDE is the default desktop environment on AntergOS, Arch Linux, Chakra, Debian, CentOS, Fedora KDE FreeBSD, Gentoo, Knoppix, Linux Mint, Manjaro and many more.

At the time of this article writing, KDE Plasma 5.18.4 LTS is the latest version.

3. Cinnamon

A cinnamon desktop is a default desktop environment on Linux Mint. Cinnamon is a forked version from Gnome Shell.

Cinnamon is often considered as user friendly for the beginner level of Linux users who have just migrated from Windows to Linux based operating system.

4. Pantheon

Pantheon is a default desktop environment for Elementary OS.  It is user friendly and fast processing desktop environment.

How To Install Pantheon On Ubuntu

At first, Install the repositories:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/os-patches
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/testing
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpstark/elementary-tweaks-daily
sudo apt update
sudo apt dist-upgrade

Now install pantheon on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install elementary-theme elementary-icon-theme elementary-default-settings elementary-desktop elementary-tweaks

5. Mate

Mate Linux desktop environment is a fork of Gnome 2. Mate is a default desktop environment for Ubuntu Mate operating system. Mate  1.24 is the latest version right now. It is almost available to 25+ Linux based operating systems via official repositories.

Install Mate Desktop In Ubuntu and derivatives:

Run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/xenial-mate
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install mate

To uninstall and remove Mate Desktop, run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/xenial-mate


6. Xfce

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment as it uses low system resources. Xfce 4.14 is the most recent version of the Xfce desktop environment


Run the following command to install Xfce desktop environment in Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

7. Enlightenment

It is one of the oldest Linux desktop environment. Enlightenment started in 1996. It was originally started as a project to build a Window Manager for X11. The project is currently transitioning from X11 to Wayland.



LXDE or Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment is an extremely light weight Linux desktop environment. It is extremely fast and uses fewer CPU resources during the execution.

9. Budgie Desktop

Budgie desktop environment is a default desktop environment for Solus operating system. It is a feature-rich, beautiful and modern theme, is based on GTK4. The Budgie Desktop project merged back into the Solus Project umbrella, making it a distinct Solus project.


Well, It’s up to you to figure out the best Linux desktop environments in 2020.

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