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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 a desktop environment 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, LXDE, Cairo Shell and LXQt.

Emerge Desktop alternatives are mainly Desktop Environments but may also be Window Managers or Desktop Customization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Emerge Desktop.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows

Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer)...

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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.

    A typical Plasma desktop looks like this
  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.

    Xfce 4.14


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    LXDE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

    Screenshot of the LXDE desktop. It's simple, lightweight, fast, modern, internationalized, and standard-compliant.
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    Cairo Shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

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

    Screenshot
  5. LXQt icon

    LXQt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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 .

    Screenshot


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    VirtuaWin

    • 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’).

    VirtuaWin - Multiple Virtual Desktops
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    BB4Win

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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/

    For those who prefer a not-so-minimal setup. If I tried to put 82 icons on my explorer desktop I doubt they'd fit in a single column
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    SharpEnviro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

    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.

    Default Setup
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    bbLean

    • 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.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.17.1, released in May 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    Screenshot
  10. bug.n

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

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

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