In this article, I have collected 15 best desktop environments available for Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) that can be used as a replacement for Unity. If you are interested in good design and look for your desktop, you may try the first seven desktop environments given below. If you want speed with no interest in design and desktop look, you may start from the eighth desktop environment.

Additionally, instead of installing various desktop environments on Ubuntu 12.10, you may try the different Ubuntu flavors which are:

  •     Xubuntu - XFCE desktop environment
  •     Kubuntu - K Desktop environment
  •     Lubuntu - LXDE
Let's now see the various desktop environments available for Ubuntu 12.10 or older:

1. GNOME Shell


sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

2. KDE


sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends kubuntu-desktop

3. Xfce


sudo apt-get install xfce4

4. LXDE


sudo apt-get install lxde

5. Cinnamon


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

6. Mate


sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main" 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

7. E17


sudo apt-add-repository ppa:hannes-janetzek/enlightenment-svn 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install e17

8. Awesome WM


sudo apt-get install awesome

9. WindowMaker


sudo apt-get install wmaker

10. Fluxbox


sudo apt-get install fluxbox

11. Blackbox


sudo apt-get install blackbox

12. Openbox


sudo apt-get install openbox

13. jwm


sudo apt-get install jwm

14. IceWM


sudo apt-get install icewm

15. fvwm


sudo apt-get install fvwm
Extra DEs

Here are some other desktop environments suggested by our readers:

- Razor-qt



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:razor-qt 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install razorqt


Note: You may also install these DEs on Linux Mint 14 or older.
 
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