This is­sue we asked our ex­perts: What’s your favourite desktop and do you have a tweak ev­ery­one should know about?

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Jonni Bid­well

I’ve re­vived my net­book with Arch 32 and the Wayland-pow­ered Sway desktop. It only has a 2GB SSD so I only use ter­mi­nal ap­pli­ca­tions: Mid­night Com­man­der for file man­age­ment, ncm­pcpp to con­trol my Pi juke­box, and the awe­some coinget util­ity to lament my de­clin­ing crypto worth.

Shashank Sharma

I’m run­ning a cus­tomised Budgie with a dis­ap­pear­ing panel at the bot­tom. My longterm love how­ever is Gnome, but I dis­like the Ac­tiv­i­ties over­view. In­stead, my Gnome desktop fea­tures sev­eral Shell Ex­ten­sions, in­clud­ing a cat­e­gorised menu, to make it beau­ti­ful and ef­fi­cient.

Bobby Moss

I’m a fan of MATE be­cause it’s re­spon­sive and easy to use. I par­tic­u­larly like MATE’s ap­pear­ance and lay­out in Trisquel and Mint, but you can cus­tomise these by rightclick­ing pan­els and edit­ing their prop­er­ties. Cus­tom short­cuts are cre­ated with the Add to Panel op­tion.

Les Pounder

I love Open­box. It’s not a bright and flashy desktop, but it runs on any­thing and breathes new life into older machines. I used to use it with the orig­i­nal Asus EEE PC, and Mrs P still uses it on her 10-year-old Dell lap­top.

Mayank Sharma

Not re­ally a tweak, rather a tip – spend some time learn­ing the key­board short­cuts for your desktop. This will help you quickly ac­cess func­tions with­out nav­i­gat­ing the ins and outs of its Set­tings panel. Some desktops will also en­able you to de­fine cus­tom key­board short­cuts, which en­sures con­sis­tency across desktops.

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