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If you don't want so much Gnome to run you could change the login display manager to xdm.
aptitude install xdm
It's not as pretty or as fully featured as gdm. You can pretty it up a bit by changing /etc/X11/xdm/Xsetup, uncommenting /usr/bin/xsetroot -solid rgb:8/8/8 and by experimenting with settings in /etc/X11/xdm/Xresources such as xlogin*greeting, xlogin*logoFileName, xlogin*face, xlogin*promptFace and xlogin*failFace.
Distribution: Red Hat 9, Knoppix HD install, Gentoo (Just about installed :P)
Argh, Sorry guys - I should've been more clear.
The main problems are -
a) The User Interface on all my applications - this has become much more square, gray and ugly.
b) The Panel is displaying a different icon set completely - for volume, networking.. etc
c) I appear to have two sound managers, but I can see that from ps -A
d) I right click on the desktop and get the gnome style menu, not the Xfce programs menu..
Thanks for the feedback so far, I shall look into xdm for the login display manager - as I would quite like a lightweight option anyway.