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GNOME is described as '3 has been designed from the ground up to help you have the best possible computing experience. Learn about what it has to offer' and is a very popular desktop environment in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to GNOME 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 GNOME are Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE and LXDE.

GNOME 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 GNOME.
This page was last updated Jun 23, 2022
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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.

    KDE Plasma vs GNOME opinions
    Almost everyone thinks KDE Plasma is a great alternative to GNOME.

    Completely customizable, many features. Simple by default, powerful when needed.

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    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.

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    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 over 1 year ago
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    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 almost 2 years ago
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    It is much more customizable, and features better theming support.

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    kiminariyamamoto

    High configurability and more options than GNOME.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    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

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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.

    Xfce vs GNOME opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Xfce is a great alternative to GNOME.

    Lightweight, nice and fast

    Positive comment almost 6 years ago
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    rokonxr

    Low resource usage & very stable

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  3. Cinnamon

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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.

    Cinnamon vs GNOME opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Cinnamon is a great alternative to GNOME.

    Very handy, working well, great applets and themes. Little too high on resources though. This is my personal favourite.

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    Very customizable. Resource friendly. Very responsive.

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  4. MATE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenIndiana
    • GhostBSD

    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.

    MATE vs GNOME opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MATE is a great alternative to GNOME.
    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 5 years ago
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  5. LXDE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

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



  6. Budgie

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

    Budgie vs GNOME opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Budgie is a great alternative to GNOME.

    Good looking, easy to use, feature rich, low resource usage, low RAM usage,

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    Linux_in_a_bit

    Budgie is amazing, it's like a lighter weight, more customizable version of Gnome, with the same utilities and everything. I loved using it with Manjaro, but I switched to Fedora for unrelated reasons, and it's not in the official repositories yet (it is coming soon in Fedora 37 though) If you use a Debian (Ubuntu, Mint, etc.) or Arch (Manjaro, etc.) based distro, I highly recommend Budgie right now!

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    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.

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  7. 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.

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    Buster_Blue

    This is an environment for Windows, so it's not a suitable alternative to a Linux desktop environment.

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  8. 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 .

  9. Enlightenment

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • 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 doing it the old fashioned way and fighting with traditional toolkits, not to mention a traditional...

    Enlightenment vs GNOME opinions
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    groundjet

    Lightweight, stable where it is, buggy at other places

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  10. DDE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Ubuntu
    • Deepin

    DDE (Deepin Desktop Environment) is a Desktop Environment (DE) written in Qt for Deepin

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