The Desktop Environment and Window Manager in GNU-Linux

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http://linux.bihlman.com – By Marcos Aguilar With the arrival of Gnome3 and Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity, it is necessary to clarify two concepts that are different and that tend to generate confusion: Desktop Environment and Window Manager. DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT (GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE) What a desktop environment does is bring together different X clients and use them to create a common graphical user environment and a development platform. These advanced desktop environments allow X clients and the applications to run and communicate with each other, allowing those applications to perform advanced tasks, such as drag and dro (General)