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Originally Posted by Knightron
A lot of people don't consider Lxde, or Xfce.
I like these as well and find them to be well worthwhile depending on the users needs and wants. Each DE (all of them) have strong and weak points. I personally don't like KDE but I acknowledge it has good points (I like its menu and some programs are very good), I like Gnome-Shell but it uses a lot of resources. I much prefer the lighter DEs and agree that many people should look at LXDE and XFCE (and of course MATE which is by no means a dead end street) if the are looking for a light and fast system without the bling (they can look really good without much effort).
Personally i like many of the desktop environments available for Gnu/Linux. My favorite is Kde. Kde uses a shell (like Gnome) called the Plasma Desktop. One very clear difference between the Kde shell and Gnome's is that Kde's window manager, Kwin can be switched out and the shell will work with another one quite well too. the Gnome shell is dependent on it's window manager mutter (maybe swappable for muffin). If Mutter is replaced by marco, or xfwm4, or something else, the shell will stop working. I consider this a loss of functionality.
I don't exactly know what you mean by kde being a 'Big Ugly Fat F*cker', the resources consumed by both desktop environments has been compared and KDE consumes less, and that's with full desktop effects enabled. If kwin is switched with something like Openbox, or Xfwm4, i'd imagine the resource consumption would be less again.
Mate isn't a dead end street. I don't need to say why, because supportive points that show cear potential for Mate's future have already been post; did you even read the thread?
"I like and use Cinnamon"
This is another remark that leaves me dumbfounded.
Previously you'd said this;
"Gnome 3 is a soup sammich"
Cinnamon relies on Gnome! If Gnome is a soup sandwich, Cinnamon is the drizzle, oozing out the sides.
A lot of people don't consider Lxde, or Xfce. There is a belief that these desktop environments are minimal and sacrifice functionality. I have not tested Lxde enough to be honest, but i find that this belief couldn't be further from the truth with Xfce4. Xfce is very modular, and it gets brownie points for that in my book. The desktop is managed by xfdesktop, instead of its file manager, like Gnome/Cinnamon/Mate. This is great because it means if i want to use a different file manager, it is easy to remove Xfce's Thunar. Xfce4 also doesn't use a shell, like Gnome/Cinnamon/Kde, which is awesome because if i desire to use parts of it like it's panel, in a different desktop environment, i can.
Xfce4, really is awesome, if you haven't tried it, i highly suggest it.
Because I don't like any of the alternatives it's not hard to figure out.