Best Free and Open Source Software – Desktop

Last Updated on June 29, 2024

Desktop Software
Desktop environments consist of icons, windows, toolbars, folders, wallpapers, and desktop widgets.
Application LauncherApplication Launchers - Application launchers play an integral part in making the Linux desktop a more productive environment to work and play. They represent small utilities which offers the desktop user a convenient access point for application software and can make a real boost to users’ efficiency.
Desktop EnvironmentDesktop Environments: Strong and Stable - The finest Linux desktop environments. We examine their features, user experience, system resources, extensibility, documentation and support.
Desktop EnvironmentDesktop Environments (Additional) - Make your desktop more productive with these additional desktop environments. This article should be read in conjunction with the article above.
Desktop EnvironmentDesktop Environments (Lean) - The finest candidates for older hardware. These desktop environments run sweetly on low spec machines.
DocksDocks - A dock is a graphical user interface element that allows the user to have one-click access to frequently used applications. This type of utility also enables users to switch quickly between applications, as well as to monitor programs.
GNOMEGNOME Desktop Extensions - Stylish ways to customize your GNOME desktop. Most of the extensions are not officially supported by GNOME. But they all take the desktop to the next level, either by adding useful functionality, improving your workflow, or simply offering a touch of panache to the desktop.
KDEKDE Plasma Widgets - These widgets are a smart way of customizing the desktop. There’s an abundance of widgets available that act like building blocks, constructing a desktop that’s perfect for your needs and requirements.
Wayland CompositorsWayland Compositors: Stacking, Tiling - A display server using the Wayland protocol is called a Wayland compositor, because it additionally performs the task of a compositing window manager.
Window ManagersWindow Managers - There are four main types of window manager: Compositing, stacking, tiling, and dynamic. This article focuses on selecting the best managers that fit these classes. The articles below drill down further into more options.
Window ManagersWindow Managers: Compositing - Window manager that provides applications with an off-screen buffer for each window.
Window Managers
Window Managers: Dynamic - A dynamic window manager is a tiling window manager where windows are tiled based on preset layouts between which the user can switch. Layouts typically have a main area and a secondary area.
Window ManagersWindow Managers: Stacking - Type of window manager that draws all windows in a specific order, allowing them to overlap, using a technique called painter's algorithm
Window ManagersWindow Managers: Tiling - Automates the common task of arranging windows. Optimize your workflow, efficiently use screen real-estate and boost productivity.
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