Xfce Alternatives

    Xfce is described as '(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' and is a well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Xfce 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 Xfce are GNOME (Free, Open Source), Cinnamon (Free, Open Source), MATE (Free, Open Source) and LXDE (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 10, 2021

    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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      KDE Plasma vs Xfce opinions
      Most users think KDE Plasma is a great alternative to Xfce.
      yofaw78034 Whilst KDE and XFCE are both highly customisable, KDE is much more prone to bugs and is also uses a significantly larger amount of resources relative to XFCE.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

    2. 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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      Most users think GNOME is a great alternative to Xfce.

    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.
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      • OpenIndiana
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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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      MATE vs Xfce opinions
      Almost everyone thinks MATE is a great alternative to Xfce.
      JohnFastman MATE is a good alternative to XFCE because it is similarly light on system resources (runs well on computers that aren't the fastest/newest) but MATE has slightly more intuitive configuration for the desktop appearance (e.g. moving icons on panels, making panels transparent).
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      JohnFastman Mate is light on system resources. Perhaps not as light as XFCE, but still good on old computers. Additionally, the Mate desktop panels are more customizable than on XFCE. Under-rated desktop environment.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

    4. The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment.
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      LXDE vs Xfce opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      This dektop enovriment for older pc and arm pc desktop enovriment
      Positive comment about 1 year ago


    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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    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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    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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    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.


      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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