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View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
I am becoming a big fan of Xfce and LXde. I liked KDE prior to v. 4.X.X. I never have been partial to Gnome.
For years and years, nor was I. Only used it when I had to,, and then only long enough to replace it with something else.
Then I got into OpenSolaris where Gnome was pretty much it unless you were willing to undertake major project of rolling your own. OpenSolaris had many other benefits, however, so I was willing to endure Gnome as part of the cost. To my chagrin I found that as I used Gnome for a period of months it began to grow on me. Nothing major or earth shattering leading to any kind of epiphany or anything like that, but rather little things discovered over time.
Long proponent of Xfce, having used it from 3.x days, and every once in a while I consider switching back. Then I ask myself why? And don't come up with any good reasons. If I wanted/needed lightweight then LXDE was tons lighter than present day Xfce.
Sometimes I also ponder going back to home rolled based on OpenBox, as having everything your way from the WM up has it's allure. Then I stop and think about how much extra work that involves - time that could be better spent on getting actual work done, and once again I'm back to Gnome.
I voted for LXDE, only because I think it has come the furthest in 2010.
It's attractive and lightweight. I still prefer Xfce, but that's only because my desktop is beefy enough that the speed difference between the two becomes negligible. On my old IBM laptop, LXDE is appreciably faster and almost as functional.