Emerge Desktop Alternatives

    Emerge Desktop is described as 'replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Emerge Desktop for Windows, Linux, BSD, postmarketOS and PortableApps.com. The best alternative is KDE Plasma, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Emerge Desktop are Xfce (Free, Open Source), LXDE (Free, Open Source), Cairo Shell (Free, Open Source) and VirtuaWin (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 14, 2016

    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.
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    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.
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    3. The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment.
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    4. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • PortableApps.com
      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’).
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    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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      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 the X Window System by Brad Hughes.

      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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    6. bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.
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    7. 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 the source.

      Discontinued

      Latest release 2009, see http://bb4win.sourceforge.net/

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    8. 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 screen without overlapping.
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