I will never again refer to the Linux Desktop in any of my writings beyond this post. From now on, it's the Linux User Interface, which encompasses the likes of [URL="http://www.gnome.org"]GNOME[/URL], [URL="http://www.kde.org"]KDE[/URL], [URL="http://www.lxde.org"]LXDE[/URL], [URL="http://www.xfce.org"]XFCE[/URL], CLI and others. These Linux User Interfaces may be used on any Linux-enabled device. These interfaces are not limited to a single type of machine designated as a 'desktop' and I'll not diminish the importance of them by mentioning them in that realm again. Since the dream of a world blessed with desktop computers running Linux [I]is[/I] a dream (and a far-fetched one at that), I'll …

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Nothing gets people in the Linux World riled up like comparing distributions, desktops or editors. But for the new Linux user, the whole thing is a bit confusing. What do we tell [I]them[/I]? Do we verbally slug it out in forums or do we offer gentle guidance to those entering the Linux jungle for the first time? It's hard not to offer an opinion in such emotional matters. One might believe that Linux, choice of desktop and editors are religious notions instead of technical ones. I offer the following gentle guidelines for the newbie who dares enter our sacred space. …

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I've had the pleasure of taking a special [URL="http://www.debian.org"]Debian[/URL] 5.0 [URL="http://ftp.utexas.edu/debian-cd/5.0.0/i386/iso-cd/debian-500-i386-xfce+lxde-CD-1.iso"]distribution[/URL] (Debian 5.0 i386 XFCE LXDE) for a recent test drive as a virtual machine in [URL="http://www.citrix.com"]Citrix[/URL] XenServer 5.0. This single CD distribution comes with two selections for a graphical interface, [URL="http://www.xfce.org"]XFCE[/URL] and [URL="http://www.lxde.org"]LXDE[/URL]. XFCE works great and is very similar to the Mac OS X look and feel although your PC is probably equipped with a two or three button mouse. I didn't have good luck with the LXDE, Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, although it does look promising. I couldn't use the interface at all. Every time I selected …

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The End.