I really like the command line interface (CLI) in Linux. It bestows great power upon its users and I spend a good deal of time availing myself of those powers. And yet without the GUI desktop I would still be limited. It is through the combination of the GUI and the command line that I find the power of Linux to be more fully realized.
As with many things in Linux there are several choices available for desktops. A short list includes Xfce, MATE, Cinnamon, LXDE, GNOME, KDE – and for the kids – Sugar. I have tried all of these at various times over the years, and I always install all of them on my main workstation so that I can try out the latest versions of each. My current favorite, for several reasons, is Xfce.
The articles following in this section discuss a bit about each of these desktops.