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bbLean alternatives

  • WindowBlinds

  • WindowBlinds is a computer program that allows users to skin the Windows graphical user interface. It has been developed by Stardock since 1998, and is the most popular component of their flagship software suite, Object Desktop. It is also available separately, and as an ActiveX/COM component called DirectSkin. Now in its sixth version, it supports alpha blending effects similar to the compositing of Windows Vista, but on Windows XP.

    tags: desktop-enhancement customize-windows skins aero
    platform: Windows
  • Cairo Shell

  • Cairo Shell is a replacement shell for the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Like other shell alternatives, it replaces the default Windows Shell. Cairo Shell will be free to download and use when it is released.

    tags: customizable desktop-environments multiple-desktops shell-replacement
    platform: Windows
  • LiteStep

  • LiteStep is a replacement desktop interface for Windows.

    tags: modular-system shell-replacement desktop-interface
    platform: Windows
  • Emerge Desktop

  • Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above. In order to replace Windows Explorer as a shell, it provides a system tray (the area that collects the icons collected at the lower right corner in Explorer), called emergeTray. It will also provide access to the users programs (normally accessed with the Windows "start" button) via a right-click on the desktop, via emergeCore.

    tags: Discontinued desktop-environments shell-replacement
    platform: Windows Discontinued
  • BB4Win

  • BB4Win (Blackbox for Windows) is an alternative shell for Microsoft Windows. The program aims to emulate the look and feel of a Linux based desktop. The BB4Win project was discontinued in 2005 but various branches have been built from the source. BB4Win's primary feature is speed. The interface is designed for minimalism to provide basic desktop functionality without wasting system resources on "bloated" or needless features. There are many plug-ins and hundreds of themes available to change the look of your desktop. »

    tags: Discontinued alternative-shell desktop-modding linux-based plugins
    platform: Windows Discontinued
  • SharpEnviro

  • SharpEnviro (or SharpE) is an open source shell replacement system for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. When using SharpEnviro the default Windows desktop is replaced by a new and more powerful desktop environment. The goal of SharpEnviro is not only to create a user friendly desktop environment which provides many advanced and modern desktop features, but to also create a desktop environment which is easily configurable and which you can customise to your needs. You can decide how your desktop will look like and how it will work – adjust your desktop environment to work like you want it to. »

    tags: Discontinued desktop-environments shell-replacement multiple-monitor-support multiple-toolbars
    platform: Windows Discontinued
  • Talisman Desktop

  • Talisman Desktop is a configurable Windows shell replacement introduced in 1997 by Lighttek Software. It is available in a number of languages including English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian and Italian. Talisman Desktop is shareware, available as a free trial download that expires in 30 days. The registration fee for continued use is 25 USD.

    tags: customize-windows shell-replacement customizing desktop-interface
    platform: Windows
  • SphereXP

  • The SphereXP is a 3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows. Taking the known concept of three-dimensional desktops to its own level. It offers a new way to organize objects on the desktop such as icons and applications. It has been tried out by millions worldwide.

    tags: Discontinued desktop-environments three-dimensional 3d-desktop
    platform: Windows Discontinued
  • GeoShell

  • GeoShell - The premier minimalist Windows shell replacement. It replaces the default Explorer interface. It features menu bars—“geoBars”—that can be dragged-and-dropped anywhere on the users screen. There are also desktop menus that can be triggered whenever a user clicks anywhere on the desktop, and global keyboard shortcuts. It also has plugins that other developers write to add functionality, and skins to change its appearance. Most settings are configured by directly editing the Windows registry, although more recent versions of GeoShell have a configuration utility, GeoConfig, which simplifies configuration tasks. »

    tags: Discontinued customization desktop-interface extensible plugins
    platform: Windows Discontinued
  • Liteshell

  • tiny windows shell (explorer.exe) replacement designed for slow PCs. Is a minimalist's shell - no screen space is occupied by the shell. When you right-click on the desktop or press a hotkey, a menu provides access to your programs, documents, tasks and anything else you wish.

    tags: Discontinued shell replacement shell-replacement
    platform: Windows Discontinued