Alternatives to GNOME for all platforms with any license

  • 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...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • KDE Plasma

    A unified environment for running and managing applications on different form factors like desktops, netbooks, tablets or smartphones.

    • KDE make two desktops that are GNOME alternatives: KDE 4 and its successor Plasma 5. Both are popular, extensible and compatible with Qt much more than with GTK. KDE is known for having a huge, huge amount of options built right in (rather than accessed via extensions, like in GNOME). It's also a more "classic" desktop experience - people coming from Windows will find it more familiar than they will find GNOME. JohnFastmanApr 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Completely customizable, many features. Simple by default, powerful when needed. Guest • Jul 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • First thing about KDE - KDE is ecosystem, and default kde apps much more powerfull and customizeble then in GNOME, and i recommend u to use LTS KDE Plasma realese with KDE neon, or Linux mint 18.2 KDE stanislawmarulinSep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • High configurability and more options than GNOME. kiminariyamamotoMar 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Cinnamon

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

    • Very handy, working well, great applets and themes. Little too high on resources though. This is my personal favourite. Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Very customizable. Resource friendly. Very responsive. Guest • Oct 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • MATE

    Many users of GNOME 2 dislike GNOME 3. MATE is a fork of the good old GNOME 2.

    • Mate is an open source desktop environment forked from GNOME 2. That happened because GNOME 3 was not to some people's liking; it drastically changed how the desktop experience is organized. Mate is highly customizable, relatively light on resources, a tiny bit dated now, but very usable and gives XFCE a run for its money. JohnFastmanApr 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux BSD FreeBSD OpenIndiana GhostBSD

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  • LXDE

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

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Budgie

    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.

    • Good looking, easy to use, feature rich, low resource usage, low RAM usage, Guest • Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • 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...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • 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...

    • Lightweight, stable where it is, buggy at other places groundjetOct 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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  • 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.

    • This is an environment for Windows, so it's not a suitable alternative to a Linux desktop environment. Buster_BlueApr 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows

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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...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD PC-BSD

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  • EDE

    Equinox Desktop Environment is simple and small graphical desktop environment for UNIX operating systems

    Free Open Source Linux BSD Solaris

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  • CDE (Common Desktop Environment)

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Bluetile

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • xfdashboard

    xfdashboard provides a GMONE shell dashboard like interface for use with the Xfce desktop.

    Free Open Source Linux

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GNOME Comments

Comment by JohnFastman
about GNOME · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Open source, hugely customizable and an attractive-looking alternative to the boring Mac/Windows-"inspired" user interface paradigms.

Comment by ondrapelech
about GNOME · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful Report as spam

please somebody add a screenshot of GNOME
label: "A GNOME 2.28 desktop"