Which is the most stable desktop environment?



Bartman

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Gnome / Xfce / LXQT / Mate etc.

I've never had a problem with stability with any desktop environment or window manager.
 

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I've never had trouble with any DE I ran on my desktop, the only one that I remember not being that stable was when Gnome3 first came out that it crashed a lot. But that was a long time ago and now Gnome is at version forty something so I'm sure that's sorted by now.
 

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I likewise have not had any problems with DE stability for any of the modern versions. It comes down to Hardware and personal choice. Choose the Desktop that best suit your needs and works best with your Hardware. I would say that you should not use Gnome if you have lower spec equipment. On older machines I prefer Mate or XFCE DE's.
 

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I, too, have never had any serious problems, it's just a question of choosing the right one for you kits capabilities
 

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If you're having stability issues with one over the other, it's likely one of two things. It's either some bizarre hardware bug - or it's the end user. Experience tells me that it's usually the end user's fault, though some folks have too much ego to accept that.
 

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I'm not sure "the most stable desktop environment" is a simple matter because of the dependencies involved. The desktop enviroment depends on the underlying GUI, xorg or wayland, as well as the toolkits that form them. Running debian testing some time ago on a machine here, the desktop crashed with xorg problems rather than desktop problems, but it took some investigation to discover that it wasn't the desktop software itself. More stable than running a desktop environment is running a robust window manager. Window managers are much smaller in code and less complex. That's not to say that they can't also crash, but the risks are statistically in their favour and lots of them have very robust histories. They also make far fewer demands on memory and computer resources generally but have fewer facilities and capabilities than the full-on desktop environments. That limitation means that the user has to know how to get around the system using discrete utilities they seek out and perhaps lots more command line usage. However, that said, the reliability of modern desktop environments is very seductive with modern hardware that handles it so seamlessly.
 
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