Desktop Environments

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A desktop environment is a set of tools and other components bundled in an integrated manner that together provide a cohesive desktop experience using a common Wikipedia-logo.png GUI. The live images available with Void Linux already come with some of these DEs built-in, but more are available in the form of regular packages that can be installed separately with XBPS. Just like the DEs in the live images, those available as separate downloads also vary in terms of features, requirements and aesthetics. Check out the Wikipedia-logo.png related article in Wikipedia for more info about desktop environments as well as a gallery displaying many of the choices available.

As for Void Linux, here are a few DEs that can be individually installed with XBPS. Please note that this list is not necessarily exhaustive.

Officially Supported

  • Enlightenment — a desktop environment developed by the EFL with the philosophy that the users should have as much control as possible.
https://www.enlightenment.org || Enlightenment
  • Cinnamon — a desktop environment developed by the Linux Mint known for its ease of use and simple to use design.
https://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com || cinnamon
  • LXDE — a lightweight desktop environment very useful for older or low resource computers.
https://lxde.org || lxde
  • LXQT — LXQt is a fork of LXDE which uses the QT framework.
https://lxqt.org || lxqt
  • MATE — a continuation of GNOME 2 which supports the GTK+3 framework while maintaining the feel of GNOME 2.
https://mate-desktop.org || mate
  • XFCE — a lightweight desktop environment that aims to be use low system resources and visually appealing while still being user friendly.
https://xfce.org || xfce4


Unofficially Supported

  • Budgie — a desktop environment developed by the Solus project,Budgie's design focuses on being modern,simplistic and staying out of the user's way.
https://getsol.us/solus/experiences || ?
  • Gnome — a desktop environment developed by the GNU Project that aims to be elegant,easy while allowing the users to be in control and get things done.
https://www.gnome.org || gnome
  • Plasma — a widget-based desktop environment developed by the KDE Community to be fast,efficient and featureful.
https://www.kde.org || kde5
  • Lumina — a desktop environment is designed to be completely customizable and to have a small footprint.
https://lumina-desktop.org/ || lumina




See also

  • Window manager — for an introduction on window managers in Void
  • Live Images — for a quick overview of the DEs available as part of Void Linux live images