A message for Linux.com registered users: We are in the process of making changes to the Linux forums. Starting Monday, 8/13/18 at 6:00 PM PT, you will be unable to access the forums. They will re-launch as soon as possible on Wednesday, 8/15/18 with new features and improved functionality. Thank you for your patience and stay tuned for the new improved forums.

November 6, 2015

Linux Mint: Mate vs XFCE

New-ish to Linux. I have a few questions but it's best if I dedicate each question to a single thread.

I love both of these desktop environments. Don't really know which one to go for.

Which one is 'better': More stable, more supported, etc.

What are the differences between the two? I have heard that Mate is on its way out. Is that true?

Also, why does XFCE have two terminals? That really annoys me. They seem to be the exact same thing. One is named the terminal emulator and the other is labelled the command line. Or something like that.

Also, which one is more friendly for lower end hardware. I have an ultrabook i3 - 5th gen (cba to look up the name for this generation) with 8GB RAM. So I'm not entirely on low end hardware, though I would prefer the Linux being as lightweight as possible.

Click Here!