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I suspect you haven't tried Xfce in a while. While the Xfce 3 series was very much a clone of CDE, the 4 series has been rewritten from the ground up, and has sort of gone its own way. I use Xfce regularly, and notice very few similarities with CDE.
It is also not fair to call it a lightweight Gnome-clone, because it is so incredibly configurable. I used it for a long time with no panels whatsoever, due to the highly functional middle-click desktop-and-application switching feature. But in any case, it is very simple to change it to a basic Windows/Gnomish start/quicklaunch/taskbar/notification/clock configuration.
>I suspect you haven't tried Xfce in a while. While the
>Xfce 3 series was very much a clone of CDE, the 4 series
>has been rewritten from the ground up, and has sort of
>gone its own way. I use Xfce regularly, and notice very
>few similarities with CDE.
It still remembers me of those days. I'm not saying at all that it is a bad piece of software, or telling anyone to dislike it. Each of us have our preferences and I am happy that there are choices for all of us.
The only CDE holdovers I've noticed is that last time I used it (around when 4.4 came out) it still defaulted to a centered panel taking up part of the screen on the bottom, and had panel "drawers" that didn't automatically close on you.
I still actually kinda miss the 4.0 behavior where the size of the taskbar button was completely relative to the number of tasks opened... With one open, it would take up the entire screen. That was changed in 4.2
There's also the "minimize app to desktop icon" that Gnome and KDE are sorely missing.