Desktop Environments

What is a Desktop Environment?

A desktop environment is any bundle of applications and software running on top of a computer operating system, that share a common graphical user interface or underlying toolkit.

Typically, a desktop environment's user interface is made up of application windows, a taskbar of sorts, and a desktop, each with icons, buttons, menus and toolbars that aim to have a familiar and intuitive layout for a user to interact with.

Some of the following are popular desktop environments used by Linux distributions showcased on this site.