COSMIC DE, A New Linux Desktop Environment

Submitted by putz3000 on Sun, 05/19/2024 - 21:30

I’m pretty sure I am not your typical computer user or Linux enthusiast. At work, I primarily use Windows (about 98% of the time) with a touch of Mac (2% of the time). However, at home, I lean more toward Mac, although I occasionally dabble in both Windows and Linux based on my preferences or needs. Lately, when I explore Linux, I tend to boot up Ubuntu Budgie. It strikes me as one of the more polished-looking desktop environments.

Now, here’s the interesting part: I recently watched the “LinuxFest Northwest 2024: Meet COSMIC DE” presentation on YouTube, and I have to admit, I’m intrigued. COSMIC DE is a new Rust-based desktop environment being developed by System76—a company known for creating Linux-compatible hardware. They’ve also crafted their own flavor of Ubuntu Linux called Pop!_OS which currently uses the Gnome Desktop environment.

A few years back, I briefly experimented with Pop!_OS, but it didn’t quite capture my interest. Visually, it didn’t resonate with me, and—though it sounds silly—the name bothered me a bit. However, COSMIC DE has piqued my curiosity. I’m drawn to its aesthetics and the functionality they’re aiming to develop. System76 is planning to release Pop!_OS with the new Cosmic Desktop Environment sometime this year (2024). Once it’s officially released, I plan to give it a closer look.

Feel free to check out the video and share your thoughts!


Admittedly, I've been using KDE since version 0.98 when I compiled it from source as distros hadn't started packaging it yet.

A desktop isn't there to "resonate" with anyone.  It's there so you can run applications... and in that regard, pretty much any desktop environment will work even XFCE.  KDE has a unique features I haven't really seen in other WM or DEs... and that is Activities.  Combine virtual desktops and activities for the win.