Alternatives to Cairo Shell for all platforms with any license

Platforms

Desktop

Indie / Classic

Other Platforms

  • Xfce icon

    Xfce

    Xfce (pronounced as four individual letters) is a free software desktop environment for Unix and other Unix-like platforms, such as Linux, Solaris and BSD. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • KDE icon

    KDE

    KDE is an international technology team that creates Free Software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDEs products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    LXDE

    The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment. Maintained by an international community of developers, it comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    VirtuaWin

    VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system . A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops

    Open Source Windows

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    Unity

    Unity is a shell interface for the Gnome desktop environment developed by Canonical Ltd for its Ubuntu operating system. It is designed to make more efficient use of space given the limited screen size of netbooks.

    Open Source Linux

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    LXQt

    LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment. It is the product of the merge between the LXDE-Qt and the Razor-qt...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    Enlightenment

    Enlightenment is not just a window manager for Linux/X11 and others, but also a whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces with much less work than doing it the old fashioned way and fighting with...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

  • Budgie icon

    Budgie

    Budgie is the flagship desktop of the Solus OS and is part of the Solus Project. Designed with the modern user in mind, it focuses on simplicity and elegance.

    Open Source Linux

  • CDE (Common Desktop Environment) icon

    CDE (Common Desktop Environment)

    The Common Desktop Environment was created by a collaboration of Sun, HP, IBM, DEC, SCO, Fujitsu and Hitachi. Used on a selection of commercial UNIXs, it is now available as open-source software for the first time.

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    LiteStep

    LiteStep is a replacement desktop interface for Windows. The LiteStep Shell allows creation of custom desktop interfaces in ways that you find useful (and eye catching). LiteSteps modular structure enables the addition or removal...

    Free Windows

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    Elokab

    Elokab Desktop Environment is an open-source independent desktop environment for Linux which uses QT libraries like KDE .

    Open Source Linux

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    Bluetile

    Bluetile is a tiling window manager for Linux, designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment. It provides both a traditional, stacking layout mode as well as tiling layouts where windows are arranged to use the entire...

    Open Source Linux

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    elokab file manager

    elokab-fm is full file manager for elokab desktop envirenement is Qt-based elokab-fm fast and lightweight file manager Available languages: French, English, Arabic.

    Free Linux

  • NERD tree

    The NERD tree allows you to explore your filesystem and to open files and directories in Vim. It presents the filesystem to you in the form of a tree which you manipulate with the keyboard and/or mouse. It also allows you to perform...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Vim

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    BB4Win

    BB4Win (Blackbox for Windows) is an alternative shell for Microsoft Windows. The program aims to emulate the look and feel of a Linux based desktop. The BB4Win project was discontinued in 2005 but various branches have been built from...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Latest release 2009, see http://bb4win.sourceforge.net/
  • bug.n

    bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey. What it can do Provide layouts for resizing and moving windows, utilizing all available screen estate and...

    Open Source Windows

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    Emerge Desktop

    Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above. In order to replace Windows Explorer as a shell, it provides a system tray (the area...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained. Last version, 6.1.3, released in 2012, and the source code are still available on SourceForge
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    bbLean

    bbLean is the lean version of Blackbox for Windows. It tries to keep balance between features and complexity, to give you some efficient means within a compact shell. bbLean is based stylistically on the Blackbox window manager for...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.17.1, released in May 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Talisman Desktop

    Talisman Desktop is a configurable Windows shell replacement introduced in 1997 by Lighttek Software. It is available in a number of languages including English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian and Italian. Talisman...

    Commercial Windows

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    SharpEnviro

    SharpEnviro (or SharpE) is an open source shell replacement system for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. When using SharpEnviro the default Windows desktop is replaced by a new and more powerful desktop environment....

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued As of december 2011 the SharpEnviro project is no longer under active development. All files provided come without any warranty or support! It is uncertain if or how well the previously released versions of SharpEnviro will work with any new or updated Windows system after Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
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    SphereXP

    The SphereXP is a 3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows. Taking the known concept of three-dimensional desktops to its own level. It offers a new way to organize objects on the desktop such as icons and applications. It has...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Official website not accessible. Available here: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/spherexp.html
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    DeskSpace

    DeskSpace is a 3D desktop visualisation tool, allowing you to seamlessly switch between 9 desktops. DeskSpace gives you more space for your windows and icons. You can eliminate desktop clutter by arranging your windows and icons...

    Commercial Windows

  • GeoShell icon

    GeoShell

    GeoShell - The premier minimalist Windows shell replacement. It replaces the default Explorer interface. It features menu bars—“geoBars”—that can be dragged-and-dropped anywhere on the users screen. There are also desktop menus that...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.11.10, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.
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    Mywe File manager

    The conventional way to find a file or folder requires in most cases many clicks. Mywe File manager uses menu and allows you find and browse files easily and quickly. This way it can reduce by more than 50% the amount of time you...

    Free Windows

  • DeskHedron

    DeskHedron is a tool which switch the desktop by using 3D GUI. *This software doesn't support multi-monitor environment. At 3D view you can switch the desktop by mouse wheel or left and right cursor keys. DeskHedron can...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Latest version 2008, see http://tokyodownstairs.blogspot.com/2008/10/deskhedron.html
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    Liteshell

    tiny windows shell (explorer.exe) replacement designed for slow PCs. Is a minimalist's shell - no screen space is occupied by the shell. When you right-click on the desktop or press a hotkey, a menu provides access to your...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued It's discontinued. Last update was 25th June 2008.

Cairo Shell Comments

I don't know. It seems nothing really happens here. The las ...

Comment by runical1991
about Cairo Shell Jun 2011

I don't know. It seems nothing really happens here. The last forum post is from September.
Too bad, seems like a good idea...

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Really like the idea, but never tried. Hope that the develo ...

Comment by Pr1me
about Cairo Shell Jun 2011

Really like the idea, but never tried. Hope that the development circle is smaller now it's open-source.

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