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Distribution: Debian Sid AMD64, Raspbian Wheezy, various VMs
XFCE, has to be. With the changes to KDE and Gnome and Canonical's Unity there is one desktop everyone, including Linus, falls back on.
I actually have to point out here that with the exception of Unity I appreciate all the desktop environments -- heck, Unity can be appreciated too. We should not forget this is a major thing that Linux has going for it compared to Windows or Mac and even the Window manager you don't like is probably ten times more configurable than the paid for alternative.
I'm going with xfce, too. The 4.8 update brought a bunch of stuff that it needed, and the whole gnome 3 debacle and argument means that those of us who liked gnome 2 get to stay in a familiar environment.
It would be nice to have more GUI config options for newer users, but the old hands at linux will have no problems.