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The Enlightenment desktop shell provides an efficient yet breathtaking window manager based on the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries along with other essential desktop components like a file manager, desktop icons and widgets. It boasts an unprecedented level of theme-ability while still being capable of performing on older hardware or embedded devices.
Green Recorder is a simple, open source desktop recorder developed for Linux systems built using Python, GTK and FFmpeg. It supports most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce and so on. Recently it has been updated to work with Wayland too in Gnome session.
It uses FFmpeg libraries and currently supported formats are: MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, NUT and WebM (it only available for Wayland in Gnome session). You can choose the area to record, or use handy option ' Select a Window' to record a specific window, if you don't use any of these option and simply hit 'Record' button then it will record full-screen of the desktop. You can stop the recording process easily by right-clicking the icon and choosing 'Stop Record'. Or middle-clicking the recording icon in the notifications area (but doesn't work on all interfaces). Show Mouse and Follow Mouse are great options to have, you can adjust them as per your needs.
It uses default audio device on your system, you can record audio using Microphone or completely disable mic using its option, you can also change audio input source. Advanced options allows you to set Frames, delay to record the screen, Audio input source, as well as lets you run the command after recording is stopped.
By default, On Wayland only, Green Recorder uses the V8 encoder instead of the default V9 encoder in GNOME Shell because of the CPU & RAM consumption issue with V9. Which - now - should also give you better performance. On Xorg, each format uses its own default encoder.

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  • Formats supported: MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, NUT and WebM
  • Select specific area to record
  • Select window to record
  • Full-screen record
  • Record from Microphone or from system
  • Show/hide mouse in the recording
  • Ability to follow the mouse while recording
  • Frames adjustment and delay in start recording
  • Run command after recording is stopped

How to install?

Available for Ubuntu 17.10 Artful/17.04 Zesty/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18/and other Ubuntu based distributions
To install Green Recorder in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Available for Fedora 26/25/24
To install Green Recorder in Fedora and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Available for Arch Linux using AUR Helper
To install Green Recorder in Fedora and copy the following command in the Terminal:

For other Linux distributions install it using source
Download the source code. Install these dependencies on your distribution (gir1.2-appindicator3, gawk, python-gobject, python-urllib3, x11-utils, ffmpeg, pydbus). And then run following command:

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Screenlets is basically a widgets engine which run small applications on the desktop called widgets, it is written in Python and licensed under GPL. It was designed to run on Unix-like operating systems by 'Rico Pfaus', 'Helder Fraga' and 'Natan Yellin', targeting specifically to run on X11-based compositing windows manager like compiz.
The goal of the Screenlets base-classes is to simplify the creation of fully themeable mini-apps that each solve basic desktop-work-related needs and generally improve the usability and eye-candy of the modern composited Linux-desktop.
Actually these mini widgets are virtual representation of things lying/standing around on your desktop; such as clock, sticky notes, calculator, calendar, and many more possibilities. You can add widgets on your desktop without any hassle, choose widget on the screenlet you want to add to the desktop and click "Launch/Add" button on the left pane, you can also set 'Auto start on login' so next time your computer start it will load automatically.



  • Real applications, no HTML-"widgets"
  • Easy to use, easy to develop
  • Wide variety of screenlets/widgets to choose from.
  • Full compositing support
  • Works with any composited X desktop (compiz, xfce4, ...)
  • Works also on non-composited desktop
  • Included ability to apply themes (SVG, PNG or mixed)
  • Fully scalable when using SVGs
  • Embedded drag and drop support
  • Automated storing of options (using ini or GConf)
  • Controllable through customizable D-Bus service
  • Can be used together with compiz' widget-plugin to create a
  • Option to save it automatically.
  • Supports themes for screenlets.

How to Install Screenlets:

Available for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 18/17/13other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install Screenlets in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

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Budgie is default desktop environment of the Evolve OS Linux distribution, and it is Evolve OS project. Budgie desktop is designed for modern user, it focuses on minimal, elegance, and simple desktop. The main point of this Budgie desktop is that it's not forked from any other project but rather one written from scratch with integration in mind, using GTK and either Vala or C.
The Budgie Desktop tightly integrates with the GNOME stack, employing underlying technologies to offer an alternative desktop experience. In the spirit of open source, the project is compatible with and available for other Linux distributions. Also note that Budgie can now emulate the look and feel of the GNOME 2 desktop, optionally, via a setting in the panel preferences. At this time Budgie is heavily under development, and is hosted on GitHub. You can contribute to this project by writing code, bug reports, or so.
budgie desktop

budgie remix desktop

You can install Budgie desktop in Arch, Fedora & openSUSE.

Available for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18/Other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install Budgie Remix Desktop in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

>> For Minimal Budgie desktop
>> For Complete Budgie desktop

To install Budgie Desktop in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 17.x open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
That's it
Lumina-DE is a lightweight, BSD licensed desktop environment designed specifically for use on FreeBSD (although it should be easily portable to other Unix-like OS's as well). Lumina is based on Qt 5 (without QML) and Fluxbox window manager. The Lumina Desktop Environment is a lightweight system interface that is designed for use on any Unix-like operating system. It takes a plugin-based approach, allowing the entire interface to be assembled/arranged by each individual user as desired, with a system-wide default layout which was setup by the system administrator. This allows every system (or user session) to be designed to maximize the individual user’s productivity.

The Lumina desktop developers understand that the point of a computer system is to run applications, so Lumina was designed to require as few system dependencies/requirements as possible. This allows it to be used to revitalize older systems or to allow the user to run applications that may need a higher percentage of the system resources than were previously available with other desktop environments. The Lumina desktop is designed to be fast, easy to customize, flexible, require few resources and work in many different environments. Lumina should work just as well in multi-monitor configurations as it does on single-screen laptops or tablets. Lumina is also designed to require fewer dependencies than most other desktop environments. The Lumina desktop does not require PolicyKit, HAL or systemd, for example. This makes Lumina very portable and the desktop can be run on most flavors of BSD and GNU/Linux.

Lumina desktop

  • Change wallpaper image for each monitor or set lists of wallpapers to rotate between (with a defined time between rotations).
  • Switch theme or color scheme by selecting from the pre-defined list.
  • Quickly customize a theme or color scheme by using the editors which are built-in to the Lumina configuration utility.
  • Quickly select from any of the installed icon theme packs.
  • Instantly change the font/size to be used for the entire desktop
  • Provides the “lumina-open” command-line utility for opening files and directories.
  • Will check if a default application has been registered for that particular type of file (based on XDG mimetypes), and instantly use it if available.
  • If no default is found (or if the registered default is no longer installed), prompt the user to select one of the applications installed on the system.
  • Allow the user to simply set a checkbox in this selection dialog for automatically registering that application as the new default.
  • Absolutely everything can be changed using the built-in plugin system and the simple-to-use configuration utility.
  • Support for loading custom QML scripts as desktop plugins.
  • Power-users can easily setup or change things like keyboard shortcuts and default applications through the configuration utility.
  • Make your system interface as busy or as minimalist as you like!

To install Lumina Desktop in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

To install Lumina Desktop in Debian/Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety/17.04/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Note that after running qmake, there should be a message about detecting Debian for the OS-compatibility – otherwise you may need to run "qmake LINUX_DISTRO=Debian"
The TDE stand for "Trinity Desktop Environment", the TDE project began as a continuation of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) version 3. The name Trinity was chosen partly because the word means "three" and TDE was a continuation of KDE 3. TDE now is its own computer desktop environment project. The TDE project was founded by and is still led by Timothy Pearson. Timothy is an experienced and skilled software developer and was the KDE 3.x coordinator of previous Kubuntu releases.
The TDE project offers desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems, the Trinity desktop environment was forked from KDE a long time ago. KDE 3.5 was great but after some modifications by developers that didn't made please KDE fans, so TDE preserve KDE 3.5 after the developers.
The Trinity desktop environment is for people who really liked how things were in past and now how things are evolving now. So if you were a fan of KDE 3.5 and you missed it, here it's for you again. It can run on any supported version of major Linux distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, Redhat, CentOS, Fedora, Mageia, OpenSUSE, and PCLinuxOS. If you don't want to install it on your distribution, there is even a Live-CD available.

TDE is a Flexible and highly customizable; Visually appealing; Equipped with a suitable collection of desktop effects that remain compatible with older hardware; Responsive on older hardware, while also being compatible with newer hardware; Compatible with, but not requiring, 3D acceleration; Compatible with and Linux file system hierarchy standards; Compatible with other desktop environments; Capable of offering maximal HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) efficiency in a mouse/keyboard environment; Traditional panel, task bar, task manager, quick launch; Several text editors, file manager, image viewers, office apps, archive manager; Monitor and Display control center module for system wide single/multi monitor and display configuration; SmartCard support; Supports GTK2/Qt theme engine; tabs, check boxes, menu backgrounds; A built-in X11 compositor; A TDE-specific DBUS notification client for improved integration with common applications such as Firefox and NetworkManager (not dependant on HAL); TQt interface (lays groundwork for selective Qt4 compatibility); Flash plugin support in Konqueror; A repository of TDE compatible software applications, including several text editors, a file manager, image viewers, office apps, an archive manager, and the original and improved classic Amarok music player. You can check full list of applications.

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Cinnamon is a GTK+-based desktop environment. It originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, which is a user interface and was initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint. Cinnamon provides many features, including: Desktop effects, including animations and transition effects; A movable panel equipped with a main menu, launchers, a window list and the system tray; Various extensions; Applets that appear on the panel; Overview with functions similar to that in GNOME Shell; and Settings editor for easy customization. It can customize: The panel, The calendar, Themes, Desktop effects, Applets, Extensions.
Mint team released new version 2.x.x of Cinnamon with new features and bugs fixes, theme improvements, enhancements to the bottom panel, also include cinnamon setting manager. In version 2.x.x, and similar to MATE or Xfce, Cinnamon is an entire desktop environment built on GNOME technologies. It still uses toolkits and libraries such as GTK or Clutter and it is still compatible with all GNOME applications, but it no longer requires GNOME itself to be installed. It now communicates directly with its own backend services, libraries and daemons: cinnamon-desktop, cinnamon-session and cinnamon-settings-daemon.
Install XFCE 4.10 in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 15/14/13/ and Ubuntu derivatives

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly.

Xfce contains a number of core components for the minimum tasks you'd expect from a desktop environment:
  • Window Manager: Manages the placement of windows on the screen, provides window decorations and manages workspaces or virtual desktops.
  • Desktop Manager: Sets the background image and provides a root window menu, desktop icons or minimized icons and a windows list.
  • Panel: Switch between opened windows, launch applications, switch workspaces and menu plugins to browse applications or directories.
  • Session Manager: Controls the login and power management of the desktop and allows you to store multiple login sessions.
  • Application Finder: Shows the applications installed on your system in categories, so you can quickly find and launch them.
  • File Manager: Provides the basic file management features and unique utilities like the bulk renamer.
  • Setting Manager: Tools to control the various settings of the desktop like keyboard shortcuts, appearance, display settings etcetera.

To install XFCE desktop environment in Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 15/14/13 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

or if you want to install complete xfce desktop then enter following command:

If you already have then upgrade it via following commands:

Here is Xfce tour. That's it
Install Enlightenment Desktop in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04/Ubuntu 11.10/Linux Mint 14/13/12 (New Release)

Enlightenment is not just a window manager for Linux/X11 and others, but also a whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces with much less work than doing it the old fashioned way and fighting with traditional toolkits, not to mention a traditional window manager. It covers uses from small mobile devices like phones all the way to powerful multi-core desktops (which are the primary development environment).
These provide both a semi-traditional toolkit set in Elementary as well as the object canvas (Evas) and powerful abstracted objects (Edje) that you can combine, mix and match, even layer on top of each other with alpha channels and events in-tact. It has 3D transformations for all objects and more.

To install E17 Desktop in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Now Logout and Choose Enlightenment from Gear.

Now Setup Shelf
Right Click on Shelf/Panel and Select Settings
enlightenment wallpaper

In Size Setting > Untick "Shrink to Content Width" and select size "32 pixels"
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In Style Setting > Choose Style
ubuntu enlightenment

Now you can move icons/items from panel by select option from right click.
Desktop is Ready
enlightenment desktop

To Uninstall Enlightenment Desktop Enter following command in Terminal:
That's it
Install Razor-qt Light Weight Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Ubuntu 11.10/11.04/10.10/10.04/Linux Mint 13/12/11/10/9

Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface. Unlike most desktop environments, Razor-qt also works fine with weak machines.

Screen Shots:

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ubuntu razor

light ubuntu razor

To install RazorQT in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
For other distro's check this page.
Source: Razor-qt