KDE Plasma Alternatives

    KDE Plasma is described as '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' and is a well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to KDE Plasma for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac and Ubuntu Kylin. The best alternative is Xfce, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like KDE Plasma are GNOME (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

    • 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 KDE Plasma.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Xfce vs KDE Plasma
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Xfce is good because it's fast lightweight and has almost all of the features of Plasma
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    • An easy and elegant way to use your computer, GNOME 3 is designed to put you in control and get things done. View 21 alternatives to GNOME
      Most users think GNOME is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      GNOME vs KDE Plasma
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It is just what I wanted a simple and elegent alternative to Windows and macOS.
      Positive comment 8 months ago



    • 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 KDE Plasma.
    • Many users of GNOME 2 dislike GNOME 3. MATE is a fork of the good old GNOME 2. View 18 alternatives to MATE
      Most users think MATE is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • FreeBSD
      • OpenIndiana
      • GhostBSD
    • The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment. View 21 alternatives to LXDE
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      LXDE vs KDE Plasma
      pros, cons and recent comments
      LXDE Is old and lacking in features
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

    • 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 KDE Plasma
      pros, cons and recent comments
      alexandrezanni doesn't target the same OS
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    • 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
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Budgie vs KDE Plasma
      pros, cons and recent comments
      JohnFastman Budgie is a new desktop environment built on top of Gnome, essentially. It looks and feels nice in principle, but it's not the finished article. Slow and buggy, it might have a bright future but for the moment KDE's Plasma is much better.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

    • LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment. View 21 alternatives to LXQt
      Almost everyone thinks LXQt is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      LXQt vs KDE Plasma
      pros, cons and recent comments
      LXQt is in two words "Lightweight Plasma"
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    • 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
    • Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above. View 19 alternatives to Emerge Desktop

      Discontinued

      Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained. Last version, 6.1.3, released in 2012, and the source code are still available on SourceForge

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
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