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    Cairo Shell Alternatives

    Cairo Shell is described as 'Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards' and is a desktop environment in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Cairo Shell for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, BSD, Mac and Android. The best alternative is KDE Plasma, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Cairo Shell are Xfce, Files, LXDE and Budgie.

    Cairo Shell is mainly a Desktop Environment but alternatives to it may also be Window Managers or File Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Cairo Shell.
    This page was last updated May 3, 2022
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    Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and...
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    1. Plasma is a cross-device work environment by the KDE Community where trust is put on the user's capacity to best define their own workflow and preferences.
    2. 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 easy to use.


    3. Files is a file manager which leverages the latest features of the Windows platform including Fluent Design, seamless updates, and APIs which enable the performance and lifecycle behavior that users expect.
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      Files UWP merely replaces the file browser, not the full explorer shell like Cairo.
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      The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment.
    4. Budgie Desktop is a feature-rich, modern desktop.


    5. 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 .
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      VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7/Win10). A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’).
    6. 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 traditional toolkits, not to mention a traditional...
    7. The Finder is the first thing that you see when your Mac finishes starting up. It opens automatically and stays open as you use other apps. It includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen and the desktop below that.
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      This application aims to provide a Fluent Design System based replacement for the old, built-in, Metro Design based Audio/Airplane mode/Brightness flyouts present in Windows (which haven't been updated since Windows 8 LOL) which are shown while pressing the media or volume...
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