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Xfce adheres to the UNIX philosophy, which means it strives for being modular, minimal and expandable. This makes it very much customizable. You can make it as minimal as you want and as heavyweight as you want depending on the features and modules/plugins you use. See More
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Mentioning Mint without mentioning MATE, is unforgivable. Among its different flavors, MATE stands out for maintaining a classic air, with the possibility of giving it a modern touch, for those who want to play a little with the configuration and other things. In this way, Mint MATE opens space for new users, as well as experienced users, and is suitable for home, work, or even leisure. Its consumption of resources is ideal for low-income PCs, it should be noted. One of my laptops, of 2007 with 2GB of RAM, runs without lag, Chrome, Opera, Clementine, and GIMP, among others, and at the same time, without presenting crashes at any time. Solid, comfortable, intuitive, and perfect for everyone. See More
The goal of MATE is to maintain the look and feel of Gnome 2, while maintaining compatibility with Gnome 3. To that end, it has also forked and renamed many of Gnome's core applications. It benefits from the years of work and polish that have gone into Gnome project, and has already been adopted as one of the default environments for Linux Mint. See More
MATE does not permit placement of desktop icons on the monitor of choice in a multiple monitor setup. For example, with 2 or 3 monitors, with MATE you cannot place the desktop icons on the right-hand monitor -- they always move to the left-hand monitor. By contrast, you have control of desktop icon placement on multiple monitors with Cinnamon, KDE, and Windows. See More
This is very simple, but it is something much appreciate: the panel's window list is per display. So if you move a window over your second display, it gets transferred to the window list on the second display's panel. Multiple display support works very intuitively, right out of the box, with minimal tweaking. See More
MATE is a solid serviceable choice for a DE. It is reliable and easy to customize. However, it lacks the panel management and rich choices of panel applets found in Xfce, and it lacks the icon placement in multiple monitors found in Cinnamon, KDE, or Windows. See More
You can get it to closely look and behave like Windows with considerable ease. This is a good thing for those switching from Windows, because it gives them a familiar environment, cutting down on the learning curve a bit. Among the popular DE's this is the one that gets you closest with great ease. See More
Cinnamon provides control of the placement of desktop icons on multiple monitor setups. This feature has been buggy, but in my testing of Linux Mint 19, this feature appeared to be stable. Thus, Cinnamon joins KDE and Windows in enabling this capability. For example, in a setup with 2 or 3 monitors, you can put the desktop icons on the right-hand monitor. With other DEs, the icons always move to the left-hand monitor. See More