"Although I have some doubts that XFCE is 'so very much lighter'
than GNOME (GNOME 2.20 doesn't take too much memory if you don't
start all kind of c**p), it is still lighter, and in a few years
there will be less and less antiquated computers who require
extra-light window managers (Fluxbox, Openbox, Blackbox,
"So far, the applications, tools, accessories and applets that
come with XFCE are not contaminated with the Mono virus, and
hopefully this won't change very soon. (Or at least, I hope so.)
XFCE is reasonably mature, and constantly improving, so it has all
the chances to become the mid-weighted Desktop Environment of
choice pretty soon...!"