Comparison of desktop environments
See Desktop environment for the main article.
|Desktop environment||Widget toolkit||Window manager||Taskbar||Terminal emulator||File manager||Calculator||Text editor||Image viewer||Media player||Document viewer||Web browser||Display manager|
|LXDE GTK+ 2||Openbox|
|LXDE GTK+ 3||Openbox|
In terms of system resources, GNOME and KDE are expensive desktop environments. Not only do complete installations consume more disk space than lightweight alternatives (LXDE, LXQt and Xfce) but also more CPU and memory resources while in use. This is because GNOME and KDE are relatively full-featured: they provide the most complete and well-integrated environments.
LXDE, LXQt and Xfce, on the other hand, are lightweight desktop environments. They are designed to work well on older or lower-power hardware and generally consume fewer system resources while in use. This is achieved by cutting back on extra features (which some would term bloat).