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View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
KDE is bloated, I know. But it has a lot of nice toys and the bloat is always fun to play with when boredom seriously sets in. I do enjoy it and there are neat built-in tools that I can't live without. I don't push my hardware hard enough often enough to warrant cutting the bloat entirely. It's also nice to be using it when I could potentially "sell" linux to an interested party. They can see that it doesn't have to be such a completely different experience.
I use fluxbox a lot and I use xfce when I need to pull my server off the network and play with it a little but that's it. KDE is my main choice.
KDE isn't bloated at all. Sure it has lots and lots of apps, often donig the exact same thing, but they are nearley all optional.
And two seprate tests showed that it is just fine when it comes to resorces use, one showed that it beet gnome, and after lots of apps were open, XFCE! (note, done by a KDE) another one done by a gnome guy showed that it was within a few MB of gnome, but beaten by XFCE