"Three years ago, the Lightweight X11 Desktop
Environment (LXDE) was a faltering project -- so much so that, when
I wrote about it, one commenter questioned whether the project was
still alive. However, since then, accounts of LXDE's death have
proved greatly exaggerated, and the project is once again
"Today, LXDE is available in many distributions. Fedora includes
an LXDE spin, and Lubuntu makes LXDE a choice in Ubuntu. Other
distributions supporting LXDE include Debian and openSUSE.
Alternatively, you can download a Live CD based on Debian from the
LXDE home page.
"How did LXDE become so popular? From its earliest days, the
project has appealed to those who wanted a smaller, faster
alternative than leading desktops like GNOME or KDE. However, in
the last few years, the rise of the netbook computer has created a
new demand for lightweight desktops, which LXDE has been able to
fill without straying far from its original design philosophy."