2012 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice AwardsThis forum is for the 2012 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards.
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XFCE. I tend to stick to Openbox with some select applications these days though. I think I prefer tint2 and Thunar instead of LXDE's lxpanel and PCmanFM. I feel like maybe I would like KDE after finding a non-fisher-price theme for it. MATE is a decent choice too.
I use KDE with my Slack, but the DE that has impressed me the most and seems to have come the farthest this year has to be Cinnamon. I opted to install Mint on my netbook over things like Ubuntu and Slackware simply because Cinnamon was so simple and elegant, while still being fully featured. Big props to the Mint team!
I voted Cinnamon because its release was a bit of a surprise to me and it has made great headway in the past year. Best of all time would be a toss-up between KDE3 and GNOME2 to me, and best to use right now would go to KDE4, but "Desktop Environment of the Year" is Cinnamon in my view.