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.
Deepin Desktop Environment dde-base/dde-meta[2] An elegant, easy to use and reliable domestic desktop evironment.
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[3] 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[4] 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 deepin repository
  3. available in the elementary repository
  4. available in the trinity repository

See also

  • Display manager — presents the user with a graphical login screen to start a GUI session, either X or Wayland.
  • Window manager — manages the creation, manipulation, and destruction of on-screen windows.