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 GNOME, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like KDE Plasma are Xfce (Free, Open Source), Cinnamon (Free, Open Source), MATE (Free, Open Source) and LXDE (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 5, 2021

    1. 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. Simple and easy to use
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      GNOME vs KDE Plasma opinions
      Most users think GNOME is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.
      It is just what I wanted a simple and elegent alternative to Windows and macOS.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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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.
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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
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    3. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks Cinnamon is a great alternative to KDE Plasma.
      • 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.
    4. The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment.
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      LXDE vs KDE Plasma opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      LXDE Is old and lacking in features
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    5. 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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      Cairo Shell vs KDE Plasma opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      alexandrezanni doesn't target the same OS
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    6. 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.
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      Budgie vs KDE Plasma opinions
      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

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    7. 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 .
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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"
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    8. 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...
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    9. Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above.

      Discontinued

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

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