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).
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.
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.
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