Unity Alternatives

    Unity is described as '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 app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Unity for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, BSD, Mac and postmarketOS. The best alternative is KDE Plasma, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Unity are Xfce (Free, Open Source), GNOME (Free, Open Source), Cinnamon (Free, Open Source) and MATE (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Dec 28, 2018

    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.
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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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    3. 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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    4. 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.
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      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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    5. The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment.
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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and features a no non-sense approach to configuration and usage. It just works.

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      Last commit and last available version from 2015-09-02

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