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    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon is a Linux desktop which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience. The desktop layout is similar to...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    MATE

    MATE is a fork of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    LXDE

    The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment.

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    LXQt

    LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment. It is the product of the merge between the...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    Unity

    Unity is a shell interface for the Gnome desktop environment developed by Canonical Ltd for its Ubuntu operating system. It is designed to make more efficient use of...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued Cannonical has announced that Unity will be discontinued in favour of Ubuntu 18.04 using GNOME. Article at https://insights.ubuntu.com/2017/04/05/growing-ubuntu-for-cloud-and-iot-rather-than-phone-and-convergence/.
    • Xfce is lightweight and the single biggest reason it's chosen. Unity is not lightweight - so not an alternative to xfce. Jupiter2Aug 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Enlightenment

    Enlightenment is not just a window manager for Linux/X11 and others, but also a whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces with much less work...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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    Budgie

    Budgie is the flagship desktop of the Solus OS and is part of the Solus Project. Designed with the modern user in mind, it focuses on simplicity and elegance.

    Open Source Linux

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    Lumina Desktop Environment

    Lumina is a lightweight, BSD licensed, standards-compliant desktop environment based upon Qt and Fluxbox. It is being developed on PC-BSD, and is being packaged for...

    Open Source Linux BSD PC-BSD

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    Cairo Shell

    Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards.

    Open Source Windows

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    EDE

    Equinox Desktop Environment is simple and small graphical desktop environment for UNIX operating systems

    Open Source Linux BSD Solaris

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    Elokab

    Elokab Desktop Environment is an open-source independent desktop environment for Linux which uses QT libraries like KDE .

    Open Source Linux

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    Bluetile

    Bluetile is a tiling window manager for Linux, designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment. It provides both a traditional, stacking layout mode as well as...

    Open Source Linux

Xfce Comments

My experience with Xfce has not been positive. It did not o ...

Comment by julianbrelsford
about Xfce · Jun 2011 ·

My experience with Xfce has not been positive. It did not offer noticeable savings in hard drive space or memory usage, as compared to Gnome. On two different eeePC machines, I found that Xubuntu (the Xfce version of Ubuntu) ran no more quickly than the standard Ubuntu. Furthermore, it encountered problems that didn't exist in Gnome: I was not able to open files by double-clicking the file in a file manager. If you want a lightweight window manager, consider LXDE. If you want a window manager where everything works with no fuss, consider Gnome.

Window manager and desktop environment are not the same. WM can be a DE but DE is not just WM. Lightweight WM is Openbox, less quick are xfwm, metacity, kwm.

This 2010 comment is old and outdated. Compared to the current Gnome3, Xfce (as well as LXDE) is lightweight (memory usage, disk space, etc.). It should also be significantly quicker, although it will never be as quick as the minimalistic Openbox or Fluxbox WMs. Opening files by double-clicking should work out of the box in Thunar, but if you don't like Thunar feel free to use Nautilus within Xfce.

As far as I go, Xfce has a more elegant and consistent design than LXDE.

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