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

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.