Best Distros for GNOME, KDE, XFCE and more! (Late 2020)

Best Distros for GNOME, KDE, XFCE and more! (Late 2020)

We all have our favourite Linux distros, but what if I told you that it’s more about choosing the right desktop environment? Here’s my recommendations for the best Linux distribution for each of the main Linux desktop environments including GNOME, KDE, Xfce, Budgie, Deepin, LXQt, Pantheon and more.

0:00 Distro vs Desktop
2:37 Manjaro for all the DEs
3:40 GNOME
5:26 KDE Plasma
7:10 Xfce
8:48 Deepin Desktop
9:41 Budgie
11:01 Cinnamon
12:20 Pantheon
13:46 MATE
14:55 LXDE/LXQt
16:29 GNOME runner up

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  1. Degenerate on December 8, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    The perfect distro would be the one that my bluetooth realtek rtl8723be works on. Currently i cannot find one.

  2. Saptarshi Roy on December 8, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Best Xfce implementation? Xubuntu of course!

  3. NOZY on December 8, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I always choose either XFCE for full DE experience or LXQT+OpenBox for an extreme minimal one on any linux distro.
    I hop between. Artix base / Vanilla Arch.

  4. ReinOwader on December 8, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    I tried in a month 7 different distros (Lubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Open SUSE, Manjaro, CentOS 7 and 8 and Linux Mint) and I stopped on Mint because it was last that I tried even though when I look back I think it could have been also Manjaro, because it was very similar experience to Mint. Also there is special place for me for Open SUSE (KDE). It worked from start very well (unlike CentOS 7 or 8). I personally think OpenSUSE looked the best of all that I tried, but it fucked up on one simple thing – it screw up my language preferences. I am Estonian but I always prefer English in my OS, but somehow OpenSUSE thought that if I live in Estonia then my menus have to be mixed with English and Estonian even though I specifically checked in settings not to change my language – only Estonian keyboard ang geographic location for Time and Date. And I was not able solve this issue within two days, so I decided to move on. I really wanted to love CentOS because I am VFX guy (3D and 2D compositing) but instead I found that I hate CentOS most, because I was not able to make it work and I struggled with it 3 days. Oh, and I hated Gnome 3 at first, because it seemed to me that it is intended for tablets not for desktops. But I kinda got used to it finally. But because I tried Fedora and Debian in my first days, and I knew that I want to test a lot more, I didn’t stay long on them. I intentionally tried to stay away from Ubuntu and relatives, except Lubuntu which was picked because I wanted to try it on old Dual-Core PC with 3Gb of RAM, and it worked very well on my old PC, but as I later discovered so worked Manjaro and Mint which looked all much nicer. Lubuntu was looking like old and grey generic linux compared to Manjaro, SUSE and Mint. Now because of this video I am thinking, perhaps I should try Manjaro again as alternative boot option. As I remember it looked a little bit better than Mint.

  5. D T on December 8, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Plasma stinks. Gnome is blah. Xfce is missing some stuff. The new DEs are mostly super busy blah. TDE is a set of graphical config tools away from perfection, but it takes too long to manage it in slackware and Q4OS isn’t quite ready for daily use…so I mostly use LXQt on Lubuntu which is unbloated, sit-and-use on any kind of x86 hardware.

  6. Gary Wahyudi on December 8, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    I’ll go with Pop OS with GNOME

  7. Pablo Antunes on December 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I love what Endless OS does with Gnome making it so similar with a smartphone or a tablet for people with almost zero experience with computers. It’s amazing for elders and populations with social disabilities.

  8. Peter Enis on December 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    arch with cinnamon works like a dream for me

  9. Luís Felipe Dias on December 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    i’m need your wallpaper!!!

  10. Vali Zeth on December 8, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Arch kde

  11. RandomYoutubeCommenter on December 8, 2020 at 9:21 pm

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  12. My Reviews on December 8, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I’d love to know what mic you’re using. I’ve been trying to make my rode mic work on Linux m, but it just doesn’t work. I’ve tried so many distros and never got it to work.

  13. David Stinnett on December 8, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Been rocking fedora for a little while now and it might just be ”the one”.

    Only thing that could be better than stock gnome is if I learned C++ and forked Unity 7 and updated it to 2020.

    I disagree on Arch and Manjaro being best. They have everything but a rolling release isn’t suitable for most users. Hobbyists who don’t mind reinstalling their OS every so often? It can be perfect, but a normie or production user? Not at all. I’ve tried. Something will break eventually and you will have to soend tome fixing it, if you even know how.

    If you want Gnome, use Fedora. If you want KDE, go with KDE Neon or Kubuntu, XFCE go wirh Xubuntu or MX Linux, if you want Cinnamon go with Linux Mint. If you want Budgie goes with Solus or Ubuntu Budgie.

    If you care about stability and can’t handle lost time or data then stay away from Arch-based systems. If you are a hobbyist who LOVES tweaking and fixing your system them Arch-based is for you.

  14. windows wonka on December 8, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    I 100% agree with you on fedora and elementary, to me they are by far the best distributions. Minimal, clean, performant, they actually feel like a dedicated OS such as windows or mac OS, they simply work and do so smoothly and the bloatware is minimal, unlike kde or other gnome installations.

  15. Joel Sanchez on December 8, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I usually don’t have a favorite I switch between Ubuntu and manjaro , sometimes I give mint a go… but so far I’ll be permanently sticking with Ubuntu 20.10 . The stability and hardware support did it for me..

  16. Pomo on December 8, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Me sad not finding DWM distro :pensive:

  17. GaMeR WraP lOl on December 8, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Can you do a guide on Slax Linux, will be your pleasure.

  18. J 40 on December 8, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    MATE all the way!

  19. Richard Brookes on December 8, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Please pronounce Gnome properly. The G is silent. It’s nome not gernome

  20. David Fourman on December 8, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    I love KDE Neon.
    Funny how I used to hate KDE back in the day but now I gotta have it. It’s come so far over the past ten years.

  21. HeiderTV on December 8, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Debian Arch for gnome

  22. BALJIT147 on December 8, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    I usually use Kubuntu, but I can’t get it to install since I upgraded my gpu, so now I’m using Ubuntu with KDE plasma desktop.

  23. rebsoliツ on December 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    something I really miss when I use elementary os is the tray icons, is there any way I can activate them?

  24. nexenta on December 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    You say "now" at the beginning of almost every sentence. It’s annoying to the point I can’t watch your videos anymore.

  25. Toran Korshnah on December 8, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    MX Linux does not use systemd. You need Systemd for Zoom. For the rest, great distr. Zoom does not run on Antix. Have no idea on MX however.

  26. Leo The Geek on December 8, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    KDE is by far the best. I use it both on my Arch and Artix installation. By the way, Artix is super fast. I’m very impressed

  27. KutWrite on December 8, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks for the overview.

    Tech note: WHAT is that LF thumping? Thunderstorm? Earthquake? Fist hitting desk? Please make it stop! Other than that, well done!

  28. Michael Heimbrand on December 8, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I tried them all, and have also used MacOS (and some Windows) for decades. I am not fond of Mac at all these days, but I do get where they come from and sort of like them in the small details. There are some good heritage in MacOS UI-wise, but todays Apple is broken. So what´s my choice? Easy! (eehm…), FVWM and in particular OpenBSD´s stock experience with it. It´s by far the most robust OS i´ve seen and the very old-school experience of FVWM is a bit like Win 3.1 on very good stereoids and some Mac mentality. No wonder really, OpenBSD and probably Theo De Raadt himself in particular has curated this for 2.5 decades now. It takes a while to get used to, but if you put the effort in to it, nothing else will feel right again. It´s those small details that just makes life simpler. Like how they tweaked the old-style UNIX-way of doing things more streamlined. It´s like when a Windows user hangs on to a Mac for a while and start to see those small things that make you smile and feel things like "oh I like that!". I recommend everyone to have a look at it. It may seem intimidating at first, but soon you realize how simple things are. If you want a good example of the OpenBSD way of things, search for Distrotubes video on "Sudo vs Doas". Everywhere in OpenBSD/FVWM you will see things like that. Dead simple but very powerful. The installation process is an (in my mind) ironic way of telling you how it will be. It´s text only. But at the same time it´s the easiest installation of any OS ever made.

  29. decade on December 8, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Arch for its package manager and AUR repository all day, love i3wm and tiling but every once in awhile I miss having a full DE /:

  30. CUN_009 on December 8, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    For Nvidia my laptop has weird de issues with kde de. In between kde (even though I liked it) would go flash screen. Gnome (default) worked fine with Nvidia but I just consider it normal. Budgie I liked it very much. Having to use Windows key just to open all application. It is convenient more than gnome.
    But for kde especially kubuntu I tried to install in Nvidia 1650 laptop I received black screen just after installation and reboot

  31. Leer para Crear con Marco Tulio on December 8, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Gnome, all the way.

  32. อ.น็อค on December 8, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    MX KDE is my choice.

  33. Late Night on December 8, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    When you want to use a computer, the distribution has to be stable enough. I say this because you just want to use your computer easy and fast, to do your work, and at the same time, have good experience. And by experience, I mean that all works just fine; no crashes and have smoothness, and that makes the difference to me. So whatever distribution that is stable could do the my daily job. I love good pretty desktops, but they have to be stable, and consume as little resources as possible. So I choose stable and smooth distributions.

  34. Lucifer Estrela da Manhã on December 8, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Lets be honest, the only thing that changes between distros is what package manager it uses

  35. Unciviled on December 8, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    GaNome? G is silent. This bothered me way more then it should have XD

  36. Marlowe221 on December 8, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    I’m glad you mentioned POP!_OS. If we’re talking about Gnome, POP definitely has to be part of the conversation. There was a time when it was easy to say that POP was just an Ubuntu clone. But they have really done a lot to set the distro apart. I’ve been running POP for almost a year now and haven’t had much temptation to distro hop at all (If I did, I would go back to Manjaro Gnome).

  37. Toran Korshnah on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    KDA Neon is not stable. Kubuntu is better, but for KDE try OpenSuse.

  38. Joel Sanchez on December 8, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Do a review of Linux mint iptv software and new custom chrome for mint, thanks 😊

  39. ninja bob on December 8, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    What current version is Linux desktops run the iOS 13 to 14.2 jailbreak/CheckRa1n

  40. Daniel on December 8, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    I recommend…
    For who likes KDE: Kubuntu, KDE Neon, Manjaro KDE
    For who likes Cinnamon: Linux Mint Cinnamon
    For who likes MATE: Ubuntu MATE

  41. Gregório Filho on December 8, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Mine is Debian testing with MATE desktop and Compiz window manager.

  42. Alpha7 on December 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Hi, could you please tell me which one would be the prettier and let us say look alike most to Mac OS as regards sleek design, beautiful fonts in every window & application with Manjaro?

  43. Utkarsh Gupta on December 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    KDE Neon is like the latest Windows 10 Version Update. Shiny and glamorous but very fragile and somewhat half-baked. Whereas Kubuntu is like a 1 year old Windows 10 version. Boring but actually usable.

  44. Toran Korshnah on December 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Deepin needs Deepin Linux.

  45. i28v on December 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    KDE if you want a windows-like desktop, GNOME if you want a weird desktop and xfce if you want a lightweight but visually appealing desktop

  46. gaboversta 2. on December 8, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    As someone who has only used kde ever (not even macos or windows) I think kde itself gets implemented best by feren os. The even easier theming is amazing. But it is still at ubuntu 18.04 with beta releases for 20.04

  47. mnky75 on December 8, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    What’s the best Distro for a Pi model 3B+? I can’t afford a 4 yet and are stuck with a 3B+.

  48. V Seivane on December 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I’m curious about Fedora + KDE or GNOME or both. Currently Debian + Gnome/KDE.

  49. moose43h on December 8, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    How did you install windows todo list on Linux 13:03

  50. Wilson Kwong on December 8, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Was a Linux Mint user from 2012-2018, then I tried Manjaro, and I’m impressed. I’m no longer looking for other distros. I’m on KDE Plasma.