GNOME Alternatives

    GNOME is described as 'An easy and elegant way to use your computer, GNOME 3 is designed to put you in control and get things done' and is a well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to GNOME for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac and postmarketOS. The best alternative is KDE Plasma, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GNOME are Xfce (Free, Open Source), Cinnamon (Free, Open Source), MATE (Free, Open Source) and LXDE (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 23, 2021

    Platforms

    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Windows
    • Mac
    • postmarketOS
    • Ubuntu Kylin
    • PC-BSD
    • Ubuntu
    • Deepin
    • Solaris
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenIndiana
    • GhostBSD

    Features

    • Desktop Environment
    • Lightweight
    • Customizable
    • X server
    • Unix-like
    • Extensible by Plugins/Extensions
    • Free API
    • Full text search
    • High-dpi support
    • Snap windows
    • Windows-like
    • Dashboard
    • Linux
    • Modular System
    • Night mode/Dark Theme
    • Optimized for Fastboot mode
    • QT Based
    • Themes
    • Transparency
    • Blurry transparency

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • 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. View 21 alternatives to KDE Plasma
      Almost everyone thinks KDE Plasma is a great alternative to GNOME.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • postmarketOS
      KDE Plasma vs GNOME
      pros, cons and recent comments
      JohnFastman 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.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      7
      kiminariyamamoto High configurability and more options than GNOME.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      5
      Instead of forcing you to use a specific workflow, KDE gives you the tools you need to make it work with whatever workflow suits your needs. It's not just how it looks that's configurable, you can also easily configure how application windows operate - such as forcing fullscreen programs to run in a window.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      0
      nextgensparx It's faster, uses less system resources, is vastly more customizable, has better HiDPI support, is developed more rapidly and its development team actually listens to users' feedback rather than removing features on a whim.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      1
      It is much more customizable, and features better theming support.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      stanislawmarulin 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
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      2
      Completely customizable, many features. Simple by default, powerful when needed.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      6
    • 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. View 21 alternatives to Xfce
      Almost everyone thinks Xfce is a great alternative to GNOME.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Xfce vs GNOME
      pros, cons and recent comments
      rokonxr Low resource usage & very stable
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      Lightweight, nice and fast
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      0


    • Cinnamon is a Linux desktop which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience. The desktop layout is similar to... View 19 alternatives to Cinnamon
      Almost everyone thinks Cinnamon is a great alternative to GNOME.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Cinnamon vs GNOME
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Very handy, working well, great applets and themes. Little too high on resources though. This is my personal favourite.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      1
      Very customizable. Resource friendly. Very responsive.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      -2
    • Many users of GNOME 2 dislike GNOME 3. MATE is a fork of the good old GNOME 2. View 18 alternatives to MATE
      Almost everyone thinks MATE is a great alternative to GNOME.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • FreeBSD
      • OpenIndiana
      • GhostBSD
      MATE vs GNOME
      pros, cons and recent comments
      JohnFastman 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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      0
    • The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment. View 21 alternatives to LXDE
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD


    • 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. View 20 alternatives to Budgie
      Almost everyone thinks Budgie is a great alternative to GNOME.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Budgie vs GNOME
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Good looking, easy to use, feature rich, low resource usage, low RAM usage,
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      2
      jujujoly Budgie has a great look and can be customized very easily. Also Budgie is a great choice for low-end devices that cannot support GNOME while still having a kind of GNOME feel.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
    • Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards. View 35 alternatives to Cairo Shell
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Cairo Shell vs GNOME
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Buster_Blue This is an environment for Windows, so it's not a suitable alternative to a Linux desktop environment.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      3
    • LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment. View 21 alternatives to LXQt
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
    • 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... View 20 alternatives to Enlightenment
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Enlightenment vs GNOME
      pros, cons and recent comments
      groundjet Lightweight, stable where it is, buggy at other places
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
    • Bluetile is a tiling window manager for Linux, designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment. View 49 alternatives to Bluetile
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
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