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6 Alternative Ubuntu Desktops Worth Trying

You may have also heard that the next Ubuntu version–Natty Narwhal, version 11.04–will use the 3D-enabled Unity desktop by default instead, along with the Wayland graphics system.

Unity is still based on GNOME, so it won’t affect the use of any GNOME-based applications, Canonical says. It will also still be possible to reinstall GNOME, if you really want it.

Nevertheless, desktop environments can vary tremendously, and those differences can have a big effect not just on the appearance but also on the speed of your Ubuntu installation. Now that there are already big changes coming down the pike, this is a particularly good time to take a fresh look at the Ubuntu desktop and all the many free alternatives that are available.

Here are a few particularly worth considering.

Read more at PCW

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