Desktop environment

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

Available software

Name Package Description
Budgie gnome-extra/budgie-desktop[1] 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 GNOME 3 fork with a traditional Windows-like interface.
FVWM-Crystal x11-themes/fvwm-crystal Easy to use, powerful and pretty desktop environment.
GNOME gnome-base/gnome One of the most widely-used desktop environments for Linux. A lighter alternative, gnome-base/gnome-light, is also available. 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 Based on Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5. This is the desktop environment only. A wide range of related applications are available separately with kde-apps/kde-apps-meta.
LXDE lxde-base/lxde-meta The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment.
LXQt lxqt-base/lxqt-meta A lightweight desktop environment based on the Qt toolkit.
Lumina x11-wm/lumina A lightweight desktop environment, free of dbus and *kit.
MATE mate-base/mate A fork of the GNOME 2 desktop environment.
Pantheon pantheon-base/pantheon[2] A new lightweight, modular desktop environment primarily written in Vala.
Razor-qt N/A 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] A fork of KDE 3.5.
Xfce xfce-base/xfce4-meta A fully featured lightweight desktop environment.


  1. available in the sabayon repository
  2. available in the elementary repository
  3. available in the trinity repository

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.