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I just got my new DVD of Slack 14.0, and couldn't help notice a big change from Slackware at least going back to 12.1 (the oldest one I could find here at home). Not only has XFCE gotten it's own tree on the inside, but it has supplanted KDE on the outside. I'm referring to the graphic on the back. Kudos to XFCE.
PS. I recently switched my own system from XFCE to i3wm after many years. I still use XFCE with all the users I support, though.
The lighter-weight desktops are starting to show their true muscle and capabilities as being more system resource friendly that bulky desktop environments like GNOME, KDE, and Unity.
Fairly much you may start seeing more of LXDE, Xfce, and others like EDE, Ambient, and even Enlightenment as the regular offered desktop environments as time goes on and more focus shifts to making these lighter resource using desktops have better toolkits, configuration abilities, and overall functionality their bulky resource heavy cousins have.
Several of these are available as SlackBuilds from my knowledge.