Alternatives to Unity for all platforms with any license

  • Xfce

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Cinnamon

    Cinnamon is a Linux desktop which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience. The desktop layout is similar to...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • MATE

    Many users of GNOME 2 dislike GNOME 3. MATE is a fork of the good old GNOME 2.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD FreeBSD OpenIndiana GhostBSD

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  • LXDE

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

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Docky

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Budgie

    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.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • LXQt

    LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment. It is the product of the merge between the...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Enlightenment

    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...

    Free Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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  • ObjectDock

    ObjectDock is a program that enables users to organize their shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock. By allowing users to have...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Cairo Shell

    Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Circle Dock

    The idea behind Circle Dock is that the dock should appear where your mouse is instead of you having to move your mouse to the dock like with other programs. This is...

    • Discontinued Project is dead since 2008. Have a look at the forum:

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Lumina Desktop Environment

    Lumina is a lightweight, BSD licensed, standards-compliant desktop environment based upon Qt and Fluxbox. It is being developed on PC-BSD, and is being packaged for...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD PC-BSD

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Unity Comments

Ubuntu are dropping Unity

Comment by JohnFastman
about Unity and GTK+, Qt, Ubuntu · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam


  • failed to unite (mobile, desktop...)
  • attracted ridicule for being ugly
  • wasn't adopted by any major distros beyond Ubuntu.

Now, it is being abanded by Canonical (Ubuntu's creators). Future Ubuntu versions will ship with the Gnome desktop. This has some other elements to it:

  • Unity was moving towards Qt; Gnome is firmly in the GTK world.
  • Gnome is likely to benefit as more people use it again. Which is a good thing, as more resources go again into a viable/popular Plasma alternative.

Sorry, for posting here, but how do I create a new post? I need to ask for advice re: word processors, but I can't find a way to create a new post.

Once you are logged into your account, use the search function (top right) to find the app you are interested in, e.g. "Libre Office". You will then be taken to the page of the app you are interested in. Three tabs are present under the description of the app: Alternatives (which you will be on by default), Comments and Reviews. My guess is you should click on Comment. Then on the right there should be a button called "Post a Comment".

Thanks for the helpful review, something I've been a bit passionate about myself. I used to use Ubuntu until the Unity interface came along. I moved to Small elementary OS iconelementary OS (realizing it's an Ubuntu derivative too) shortly afterward, which reflected the type of uncluttered desktop I always wanted (a more Mac-like workspace really). I hope the move back to Gnome will mark a return to a less cluttered workspace as well.

Comment by Guest
about Unity · Apr 2017 · Report as spam

Perfect for laptops! The interface uses screen sizes brilliantly!