Desktop environment

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

Available software

Click on the name to visit its respective article or the package to visit its page on packages.gentoo.org:

Name Package Lighter alternative? Description
Budgie gnome-extra/budgie-desktop 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 A contemporary desktop environment with a traditional Gnome 2-like interface.
GNOME gnome-base/gnome Yes, gnome-base/gnome-light One of the most widely-used desktop environments for Linux. Quite a few forks from Gnome 2 have been created, including Cinnamon and Mate.
KDE kde-apps/kde-meta Yes, kde-apps/kdebase-meta A free software community, producing a wide range of applications including the popular Plasma desktop environment.
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 No A new lightweight, modular desktop environment primarily written in Vala and GTK+.
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.
Xfce xfce-base/xfce4-meta No A fully featured lightweight desktop environment.

See also

  • Display manager - An article listing display managers available in Gentoo Linux.
  • Window manager - An article listing window managers available in Gentoo Linux.