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Unity Desktop Environment Alternatives

Unity Desktop Environment is described as 'Unity is a shell interface for the Gnome desktop environment developed by Canonical Ltd for its Ubuntu operating system. It is designed to make more efficient use of space given the limited screen size of netbooks' and is a popular desktop environment in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Unity Desktop Environment 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 Unity Desktop Environment are GNOME, Xfce, Cinnamon and MATE.

Unity Desktop Environment alternatives are mainly Desktop Environments but may also be Application Launchers or Window Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Unity Desktop Environment.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

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  1. KDE Plasma icon

    KDE Plasma

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • postmarketOS

    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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableKDE Plasma is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ LightweightKDE Plasma consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKDE Plasma can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Full-Text SearchKDE Plasma lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
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    A typical Plasma desktop looks like this
  2. 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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  3. 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 4.14
  4. 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
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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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  6. 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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    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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  8. Budgie icon

    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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    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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    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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