Desktop environment

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This article provides a list of desktop environments available in Gentoo.

Available software

Name Package Lighter alternative exists? Description
Budgie gnome-extra/budgie-desktop[1] No The flagship desktop of the Solus Project. It focuses on simplicity and elegance and is tightly integrated with the GNOME 3 stack.
Cinnamon gnome-extra/cinnamon No GNOME 3 fork with a traditional Windows-like interface.
FVWM-Crystal x11-themes/fvwm-crystal No Easy to use, powerful and pretty desktop environment.
GNOME gnome-base/gnome Yes, gnome-base/gnome-light One of the most widely-used desktop environments for Linux. Quite a few forks of GNOME have been created, including Cinnamon (early GNOME 3) and MATE (late GNOME 2).
KDE Plasma kde-plasma/plasma-meta No, only contains desktop anyway Based on Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5. KDE is a free software community producing a wide range of applications, these are available separately with kde-apps/kde-apps-meta.
LXDE lxde-base/lxde-meta No The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment.
LXQt lxqt-base/lxqt-meta No A lightweight desktop environment based on the Qt toolkit.
Lumina x11-wm/lumina No A lightweight desktop environment, free of dbus and *kit.
MATE mate-base/mate No A fork of the GNOME 2 desktop environment.
Pantheon pantheon-base/pantheon[2] No A new lightweight, modular desktop environment primarily written in Vala.
Razor-qt N/A No A desktop environment that was based on the Qt framework. Merged with the Qt port of LXDE and became LXQt.
TDE trinity-base/tdebase-meta[3] No A fork of KDE 3.5.
Xfce xfce-base/xfce4-meta No A fully featured lightweight desktop environment.

See also

  • Display manager — presents the user with a graphical login screen to start an X server session.
  • Window manager — manages the creation, manipulation, and destruction of on-screen windows.
  • available in the sabayon repository
  • available in the elementary repository
  • available in the trinity repository