"GNOME and KDE may be the first desktops that come to mind when
you think of the Linux desktop, but they're not the only ones. From
the overly minimalistic Rat Poison window manager to the eye candy
of the Enlightenment E17 desktop, Linux has just about every type
of desktop you can imagine. Want a desktop that's lean and resource
friendly without giving up features? It's time to take a look at
"For many users, the major desktops feel a little bloated. Fast
hardware is cheaper than ever, but performance is still king on the
Linux desktop. The ideal desktop is somewhere in the middle ground,
between overly minimalistic and overly bloated. Xfce is right at
the center of the Venn Diagram of features vs. speed. It's
lightning fast and still offers most of the features users have
grown accustomed to. The problem? Most new users, and even some
experienced Linux users, aren't familiar with Xfce."
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