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On my Slack-13.1 machine here (which is actually -current currently) I'm still using a little tiny WM called "i3" and am happy with this situation. It runs one single little process - any other processes related to it are for stuff I have on my "taskbar" or infobar at bottom of the screen.
I still get miffed if/when I start up a KDE application such as KWrite, and notice that that one application starts a dozen other processes, most of which are still hanging around indefinitely, long after I have closed KWrite. Then I go on a KDE killing spree.
I use XFCE, its very fast but not that minimalist, have a great look and its growing.
I like to see more effort in Slackware for these DE, so I seeing what people use.
I want to know if I'm battling a lose battle
I've used XFCE a few times on some of my machines. It's certainly a lot faster than KDE and it has a clean interface. Slackbuilds.org has a bunch of packages for various XFCE plugins, so other slackers want to use it too. :-)
FLuxbox, try the others on a whim now and again, but as someone said once already and I agree, KDE just opens so many processes for just simple apps my concience won't allow me to use it more than a day.
XFCE on the other hand is nifty, but for all intents and purposes Fluxbox and some menu edits has been more than enough for a long time now.
This begs the question of why? Why do folks feel they need a DE, what advantage/disadvantage does anyone see in the various ones available?