Open Source Xfce Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Xfce is KDE Plasma. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Xfce and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Xfce are GNOME (Free, Open Source), Cinnamon (Free, Open Source), MATE (Free, Open Source) and LXDE (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 11, 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 over 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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      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 over 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. 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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    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. 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. The Common Desktop Environment was created by a collaboration of Sun, HP, IBM, DEC, SCO, Fujitsu and Hitachi. Used on a selection of commercial UNIXs, it is now available as open-source software for the first time.
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