When you choose a Linux-based operating system, you also choose a desktop environment. For many users, the DE sort of is the operating system. In other words, for some, they will really only interact with the user interface — especially if they avoid the command line. A good operating system will get out of the user’s way, allowing them to focus on the apps and tools they need.
If you are moving from Windows to Linux, KDE can be a great desktop environment. It is very reminiscent of the traditional Windows 95 to Windows 7 experience. Unfortunately, KDE can be a bit tedious to set up. Sure, it works fine “out of the box,” but customizing it can be daunting. Luckily, there is a Debian-based operating system that is configured beautifully — especially for those leaving Microsoft’s OS. Called “Netrunner Desktop,” it comes pre-loaded with many useful programs, making it an absolute joy to use. Today, it reaches version 17.03, code-named “Cyclotron.”
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht