“If KDE isn’t your bag and GNOME 3 leaves you feeling cold there
is another Linux desktop worth considering: Xfce. Linus Torvalds,
the founder of Linux, recently went on record to call GNOME 3 “an
unholy mess” and announce that he was switching to the Xfce
desktop. Several other developers in the same thread chimed in to
echo their support of Xfce.
Just what is it about Xfce that’s drawing in the GNOME refugees?
Well for one thing Xfce can easily be customised into something
that’s visually no different than good old GNOME 2.x