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CDE (Common Desktop Environment) Alternatives

CDE (Common Desktop Environment) is described as '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' and is a desktop environment in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to CDE (Common Desktop Environment) for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Windows, Linux Mobile and Ubuntu Kylin. The best alternative is KDE Plasma, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like CDE (Common Desktop Environment) are GNOME, Xfce, Cinnamon and MATE.

CDE (Common Desktop Environment) alternatives are mainly Desktop Environments but may also be Window Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of CDE (Common Desktop Environment).
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  1. KDE Plasma icon

    KDE Plasma

    • Linux
    • BSD
    • postmarketOS
    23 alternatives to KDE Plasma 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightKDE Plasma consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKDE Plasma can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Full-Text SearchKDE Plasma lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    A typical Plasma desktop looks like this
    KDE Plasma 5.16
  2. GNOME icon

    GNOME

    • Linux
    • BSD
    25 alternatives to GNOME 

    GNOME 3 has been designed from the ground up to help you have the best possible computing experience. Learn about what it has to offer.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGNOME can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  3. Xfce icon

    Xfce

    • Linux
    • BSD
    23 alternatives to 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 easy to use.

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    1.  LightweightXfce consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsXfce can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    Xfce 4.14
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  4. Cinnamon icon

    Cinnamon

    • Linux
    • BSD
    21 alternatives to Cinnamon 

    Cinnamon is a Linux desktop which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience. The desktop layout is similar to GNOME 2. The underlying technology is forked from GNOME Shell.

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    1.  Dark ModeCinnamon supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    Cinnamon 4.2
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    MATE

    • Linux
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenIndiana
    • GhostBSD
    20 alternatives to MATE 

    Many users of GNOME 2 dislike GNOME 3. MATE is a fork of the good old GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

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    LXDE

    • Linux
    • BSD
    24 alternatives to 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 support...

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    1.  LightweightLXDE consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Screenshot of the LXDE desktop. It's simple, lightweight, fast, modern, internationalized, and standard-compliant.
    LXPanel Provides the common features of a desktop panel. The panel can generate menu for installed applications automatically from *.desktop files.
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    Cairo Shell

    38 alternatives to Cairo Shell 

    Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards.

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    LXQt

    • Linux
    • BSD
    23 alternatives to 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 .

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    1.  LightweightLXQt consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Budgie

    • Linux
    22 alternatives to Budgie 

    The Budgie Desktop is a feature-rich, modern desktop designed to keep out the way of the user. It consists of a number of components to provide a more complete desktop experience.

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    A screenshot of the Budgie desktop running on Solus Linux. The Budgie settings manager is on the right, made specifically to customize the desktop. The rest of the settings are handled by the Gnome settings manager.
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    Enlightenment

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    22 alternatives to 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 traditional toolkits, not to mention a traditional...

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    1.  LightweightEnlightenment consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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