I started out with Kde. KDE is great for someone transitioning from a windows environment and is chock full of features.
After some time using linux, however, I compiled and started using blackbox. I fell in love with blackbox for it's speed and stability.
Surfing around bb sites, I ran into fluxbox. Fluxbox along with fluxspace is the best. Icons on the desktop (idesk) cool backgrounds, stability, and raw speed. With transparent terminals (thanks to aterm) my desktop = uebercool.
I can control my desktop anywhere in the world (tightvnc tunneled through ssh) and it runs snappy. Kde wouldn't do that with all of it's eyecandy.
Plus, my fav hobby is 3d graphics design with blender (www.blender3d.org
) The more system resources for blender, the faster my animations render.
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This is just my 3 cents.