"If you use a traditional desktop like GNOME or KDE, a
keyboard-controlled desktop with a minimum of utilities may seem
like stepping back 10 or 15 years in the history of interface
design. Why bother, when traditional desktops are easy to use and
RAM and disk space are so cheap nowadays?
"Admittedly, minimalist desktops are not for everyone,
especially since learning to navigate them takes time. However, if
you try a minimalist desktop long enough to become comfortable with
it, you may start to question the design assumptions behind its
mainstream rivals. You might even come to value the minimalist
approach for its own sake..."