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I used to be an a die hard xfce user, however upon playing around with lxde via a install of debian with lxdm/lxde as the de/dm i fell a\i love with the combination of the two and have not looked back to gnome or kde for the past 2.5 years. I started out as a newbie on Ubuntu back in the dapper drake days with gnome 2.0
That was the first DE I've ever used. Afterwards I've switched to Gnome because it's the Ubuntu default (although I've still had Xfce on a Debian machine) and I had much more powerful laptop for it than before; I was content with it, but then everything fell apart - Gnome 3 came and nothing was as it did before. So, I switched back to my old and trusty Xfce and it still works as great as it always did. And my (now old) laptop even works faster now. I've also discovered that, contrary to when I used Xfce on the laptop for the last time, the latest Xfce now has everything I need, so I don't think I'd switch away from it again.
Distribution: antiX using herbstluftwm, fluxbox, IceWM and jwm.
Originally Posted by PrinceCruise
Well, KDE surprisingly.
Slackware made me believe that KDE can be well implemented to consume less than 200MB RAM at idling.
less than (sic) 200MB RAM at idling. What a beast!
I managed to get Debian kde4 idling at around 150MB RAM
Anyhow, for those that cannot 'afford' such RAM intensive desktop environments, go for an extremely light xfce, lxde (not my cup of tea, but others swear by it) or IMO the best solution a light window manager running Rox desktop. (icewm plus rox-desktop = less than 60 MB RAM)