First we should explain the reason for the title, then we should explain why has this become a trendy catchy titling of pseudo-media, what is pseudo-media, who they serve, and how can there be real linux development without this consuming black hole?
How were desktop environments conceived and developed, and why were they developed? Many technical reasons:
1 as hardware became quickly more able to display more complex graphics than the old text terminals, it became possible to display graphical images that weren’t drawn by grouping alphanumeric symbols together in lines, then digital drawings (CAD), then low resolution photographs that kept climbing in higher and higher levels, then video and high-fidelity audio.
2 the competitive conditioning developed through living in capitalism, elevates marketablility as an unquestionable value, and since operating systems with higher graphic capabilities became popular, coders engaged in a rat race to outscore large corporate graphic projects.
3 MS-win became nearly a global monopoly in computer systems, so the (conditioned) goal was clear, to provide “cheaper” “less binding” software that were equally pretty and offered similar utility. Those who argued the system is not its graphical abilities but its ability to perform other tasks without much graphical feedback, and just provide adequate information and control for those tasks, became less and less popular themselves, to the extent people called them hopeless romantics.
4 Media for pay, or paid media, or even subsidiaries of large corporations acting as “neutral media”, have an overwhelming pre-occupation with desktops and “what makes desktops work“. They are not media, never mind neutral, they are marketing schemes that condition the public what to be asking for before they reach the superstore isle and shelf. Most times those conditioned “androids” didn’t even know they needed what they were told they need. They are trained to ask for something that they had no clue existed. They don’t describe a functionality or utility, they ask utilizing the label the industry provided for their empty brain. A DESKTOP!! One of the top ten, not just any desktop!
What is a desktop environment?
It is emulation/simulation of ms-windows and mac monstrosities that have trained and conditioned people, with less than half of a brain, that this is how computer functionality should be!
Who makes a desktop environment?
People with a little bit more than half of a brain who think it is an achievement to see a monkey and pretend you are a monkey. People who are brainwashed enough to think the contributions of large corporations to “anything” are positive human development, independent of profitability, and “they should follow them”, like stray puppies (with no offense to puppies).
Open and free software is aiming clearly to independence from corporate and government control, or at least it aimed once upon a time. It is this very contradictory and delusional tendency, of having the best of both worlds, that has ended up into the frankensteinization of modern systems. It is this very weakness and disagreement (result of systematic disorganization) that has provided corporations like IBM/RH to step in and take control. Influence, stir, and dominate, every aspect of current development. Subtle little steps, all in the very wrong direction, creepy crawling all over, because the immature masses want a tempting ms-win/mac/chromandroid act-alike to make the switch.
You came here for top-ten?? Of what? my own personal shit list? Gnome, Plasma, …. What for? If you want such functionality get an androED/i-crap with free (cheap) software, why bother with unix/linux. You think this is only a linux tendency? Look again at your favorite BSD variety, see all the noise around making “popular” desktops fully functional.
Systemd hadn’t expanded enough to include bootloading, it now is doing this as well. One piece of hydra monster wrapped from bootloader to userspace, all around the kernel financed by it as well, which also dictates you shouldn’t use legacy, only EFI booting is available. Wrapped around a graphical installation of a desktop edition, the average puppet will live with this for the lifetime of the installation, don’t expect such a user to have a choice or know of a choice. It is the picture in the background that matters, not the functionality of the bootloader. As long as no console, black screen and text, flashes in front of them, even though it doesn’t say MS-win, everything is good. Systemd efi bootloader, funky DM requiring logind-dbus running, and onto an msW11 look-alike.
There must be something really sweet in that EFI booting so all those US government vendors are rushing to provide exclusively!! They are even passing the myth of reliability around already, compared to what? A tiny file in mbr? The whole point was that it becomes too complex to do installations manually, you have to rely on a gui clicking and finalizing it with defaults. Remove all thought process from getting a unix system installed and running. “Plug and Play”! What are you plugging into, do you know moron? A dummy terminal for a real dummy, on a networked spy-machine!
It is the very same market of desktop idiots that are adopting all that is dictated by government agencies and mega-corporations. The rest can barely still build software from upstream sources disabling systemd functionality, and who knows for how long will that still be possible, if it truly is today.
And I can hardly see arguments, rational ones without metaphysics involved, that a desktop environment has some advantages, other than “selling” to the learning disabled. Go ahead, admit it, you are developing solutions for a paying market, you live out of user donations. Spare us the drama of the love for FOSS. Spare us the idealism of sharing what you use. You use a wm and a terminal, probably booting on customized scripts, to write guis for plasma and gnome. Lin…Trov… while exiting his Lambo.. recommends Ubuntu as a system for developers. I mean, how dumb do those people think everyone is? He is getting his 6-7figure a year “salary” from the same corporations that promote control and telemetry, and people are entertaining their “recommendations”. Like a Hollywood superstar recommends deodorant, aftershave, or maxi-pads!
You clicky monkeys, unsubscribe and block this site, it will be very offensive to you from now on. Enough with politeness and acceptance of this divergence. Either jump start your brain and think on your own, or go play remote controlled puppets somewhere else. Run to that other media that have happy stories to tell you. This is about anger and sadness here. Negative Energy = 1/2 m v^2 Get a life you zen-zombies.
A LARGE CORPORATION/ORGANIZATION HAS LARGE FEET!
The step area for it was the desktop! It can now crush all diversity to its control medium, with the other foot!
And those are the top 10 desktops for 2022, happy now dipstick?