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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 very popular desktop environment in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to KDE Plasma for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Windows, Linux Mobile and Ubuntu Kylin. The best alternative is GNOME, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like KDE Plasma are Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE and LXDE.

KDE Plasma 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 KDE Plasma.
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  1. GNOME icon

    GNOME

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    GNOME 3 has been designed from the ground up to help you have the best possible computing experience. Learn about what it has to offer.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGNOME can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Most users think GNOME is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.
    LinuxDoge

    Very beautiful DE, modern and stable.

    I prefer KDE for its simple, Windows-like look, as I dont like looking downward all the time and like the customizability of it, but GNOME is by far the best supported, stable and beautiful Linux DE.

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    It is just what I wanted a simple and elegent alternative to Windows and macOS.

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  2. Xfce icon

    Xfce

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightXfce consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableXfce is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsXfce can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Xfce vs KDE Plasma opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Xfce is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.

    Xfce is good because it's fast lightweight and has almost all of the features of Plasma

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  3. Cinnamon icon

    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.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeCinnamon supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableCinnamon is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Cinnamon 4.2
    Cinnamon vs KDE Plasma opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Cinnamon is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.
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    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.

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    Most users think MATE is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.
  5. LXDE icon

    LXDE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

    ⚫︎ LightweightLXDE consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Screenshot of the LXDE desktop. It's simple, lightweight, fast, modern, internationalized, and standard-compliant.
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    LXDE Is old and lacking in features

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    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.

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    A screenshot of the Budgie desktop running on Solus Linux. The Budgie settings manager is on the right, made specifically to customize the desktop. The rest of the settings are handled by the Gnome settings manager.
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    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.

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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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableCairo Shell is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    alexandrezanni

    doesn't target the same OS

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    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 .

    ⚫︎ LightweightLXQt consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    LXQt vs KDE Plasma opinions
    Almost everyone thinks LXQt is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.

    LXQt is in two words "Lightweight Plasma"

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  9. Enlightenment icon

    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...

    ⚫︎ LightweightEnlightenment consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    DDE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Ubuntu
    • Deepin

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

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