Alternatives to Emerge Desktop for all platforms with any license

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Desktop

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  • 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

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    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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    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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    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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    Cairo Shell

    Cairo Shell is a replacement shell for the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Like other shell alternatives, it replaces the default Windows Shell. Cairo Shell will be free to download and use when it is released.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued While not officially stated as such anywhere since there is no blog or forum this project should be marked as discontinued. The code repository has seen no changes since 2010 and the site hasn't been updated since 2009 (check the copyright).
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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

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    • 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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    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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    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

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    • 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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    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

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    • 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

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    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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  • 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

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    • 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

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

Emerge Desktop Comments

One of the few ...

Positive Comment by muellerto
about Emerge Desktop Sep 2012

... open source Explorer replacements a sophisticated user can really work with. The configuration dialogs are a bit fiddly, especially the menu editor. And I could never imagine why anyone should need a transparent menu. But after all the app has indeed all what's needed (and not more). And it's 64bit!

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I've been using this as a shell replacement, with explorer+ ...

Comment by KoRnKloWn
about Emerge Desktop Jun 2011

I've been using this as a shell replacement, with explorer++ as my file manager and I have to say it is amazing!
I tried all of the different shell replacements, and others are good, but this has FULL 64 bit support, and it's a hell of a lot easier to set up and use.

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