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I'm using Xfce because it is simple but not too simple like Fluxbox. If I wouldn't use Xfce I'd probably use KDE oder WindowMaker, but I don't like KDE4 and I think that Xfce is more comfortable than WindowMaker is.
I use KDE on -current, because I feel most comfortable with it. I can't tune fluxbox and xfce as I want or for my needs. Until recently I used GSB - it's perfect, but only for stable. Ever thought that gnome is most-development environments, but lately I notice that this is kde.
Now I'm permanently sticking with GNOME. I've tried again and again to get used to KDE, and I'm never going to do it. GNOME is better in a lot of ways to me, and there's no reason for me to keep using KDE at this point.
Using KDE 4.4.3 here but missing kde3... I am not very satisfied with kde4 the way it is going because I feel it is heavy, hard on resources and I am a "retro style" user, i.e. no eye candies, no shiny stuff, pretty animations, etc... There is also these useless features akonadi, nepomuk, strigi, etc that makes you feel you're using vista. In fact I am currently searching for a replacement to kde 4 but I fear that I will have problems to migrate my slack setup without problems... (application compatibility, same features as kde, etc).
Tried xfce, too many missing features and too basic.. not interested in windowmaker, too primitive. would openbox be a good choice?
If XFCE is too basic and featureless for you then it's likely only KDE or Gnome would satisfy. However, you say you don't like eye candy or various other features, so maybe it would. Basically, try it and see. (I'd run through blackbox, fluxbox, and the other WMs Slack comes with first, though.) Maybe if you specified which features you want that XFCE doesn't have people could help more. (Though this thread is more about what you use than what you don't yet use.)
oh yeah! light weight or heavyweight matters of course but my real problem are buggy and incomplete features like akonadi that dont even run "out-of-the-box"... I cal that bloated software.
That being said, instead of whinning I will try to install slack-current and upgrade to kde4.5.1 from Alienbob's packages to see if its better or getting worse... At least I will have a clear picture of the direction where it is going... maybe (I hope) that kde4.4 was just immature...