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Distribution: ArchLinux / Source Mage GNU Linux (test branch) / openSUSE
This one was really hard for me, I don't use a Desktop anymore (basically because it is distracting. Also takes away time and productivity)
XMonad + yeahconsole + tmux is all I need for an interface and the GUI apps I use regularly are all GTK based.
Anyways, my vote goes KDE. They've done a terrific job this year and even managed to take Gnome devs out of their long nap...
One more time, props for KDE.
Gnome. Everything "just works" in gnome. Excellent network manager and sound control. A lot of stuff(software) is geared towards ubuntu/nautilus.
I like playing with the alternates but I have to dick around too much to get things working if they work at all.
I had to abandon kde when they went to 4. I have no patience for it now.
I still like to keep things light and simple. I voted for XFCE; although I have been impressed with LXDE. The relatively new Lubuntu with LXDE is much faster and lighter than the increasingly bloated Ubuntu. And Lubuntu still does everything that I would ever need or want.
XFCE is only a few seconds slower than LXDE on my machine, but LXDE is certainly much lighter. But I prefer XFCE because "lightness" isn't the only thing I'm looking for in a DE; I also want robustness. XFCE is just the right balance of both, but for some reason its pulling in some heavy GNOME programs with its dependencies.
I like GNOME and it's very easy to use, but it's just ugly. And there's not much room for customization in terms of how it looks. Mint, in my opinion, is the only distro that makes GNOME look decent.
KDE is the best-looking of the bunch and it provides a very "unified" desktop feel, but talk about bloat. And don't even get me started on the system reqs-- KDE eats through my laptop battery in under an hour. I get two and a half hours with XFCE. To top it all off, I hate how everything starts with a K... it's so Korny.