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Window Maker is described as 'has a reputation for being fast, efficient and highly stable. Window Maker has been characterized as reproducing "the elegant look and feel of the NeXTstep GUI" and is noted as "easy to configure and easy to use' and is a desktop environment in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Window Maker for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is KDE Plasma, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Window Maker are GNOME, Xfce, Cinnamon and MATE.

Window Maker alternatives are mainly Desktop Environments but may also be Window Managers or Operating Systems. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Window Maker.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD

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  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.

    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.

    Screenshot


  3. 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.

    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.

    Cinnamon 4.2
  5. MATE icon

    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.

    Screenshot


  6. LXDE icon

    LXDE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

    Screenshot of the LXDE desktop. It's simple, lightweight, fast, modern, internationalized, and standard-compliant.
  7. 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.

    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.
  8. Cairo Shell icon

    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.

    Screenshot
  9. LXQt icon

    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 .

    Screenshot
  10. Openbox icon

    Openbox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.

    Discontinued

    No actively developed anymore. Last commit was in 2015.

    BlackWhite theme by lyrae @ box-look.org
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