Alternatives to Unity for all platforms with any license


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  • Xfce icon


    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...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Cinnamon icon


    Cinnamon is a Linux desktop which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience. The desktop layout is similar to...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • MATE icon


    MATE is a fork of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • LXDE icon


    The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment.

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Docky icon


    Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop...

    Open Source Linux

  • LXQt icon


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

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • ObjectDock icon


    ObjectDock is a program that enables users to organize their shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock. By allowing users to have...

    Commercial Windows

  • Enlightenment icon


    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...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

  • Budgie icon


    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

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    Avant Window Navigator

    Avant Window Navigator (AWN/Awn) is a dock-like navigation bar for the linux desktop that positions itself at the bottom of the screen. It can be used to keep track of...

    Open Source Linux

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    Lumina Desktop Environment

    Lumina is a lightweight, BSD licensed, standards-compliant desktop environment based upon Qt and Fluxbox. It is being developed on PC-BSD, and is being packaged for...

    Open Source Linux BSD PC-BSD

  • Circle Dock icon

    Circle Dock

    The idea behind Circle Dock is that the dock should appear where your mouse is instead of you having to move your mouse to the dock like with other programs. This is...

    Open Source Windows

  • MadAppLauncher icon


    A simple application launcher. It is very fast and easy to use. It is unlike your common dock or menu launcher. It introduces several different features such as QWERTY...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version,, released on March 26, 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

Unity Comments

Ubuntu are dropping Unity

Comment by JohnFastman
about Unity and GTK+, Qt, Ubuntu · Apr 2017 ·


  • failed to unite (mobile, desktop...)
  • attracted ridicule for being ugly
  • wasn't adopted by any major distros beyond Ubuntu.

Now, it is being abanded by Canonical (Ubuntu's creators). Future Ubuntu versions will ship with the Gnome desktop. This has some other elements to it:

  • Unity was moving towards Qt; Gnome is firmly in the GTK world.
  • Gnome is likely to benefit as more people use it again. Which is a good thing, as more resources go again into a viable/popular Plasma alternative.

I hate it

about Unity · ·

It's the worst user interface I have ever seen.


Unity - OS X dock bar wannabe

about Unity and KDE · ·

OK Unity looks like a rip-off of OS X dockbar (except that it's on the left) and the one global menu implementation is just so poor I switched to Kubuntu. I just saw the HUD demo that they're about to release in v12.04 LTS and almost puked.

But it's a free GNU/GPL software, so if you have the time, just fork it.