Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Nov 2010 22:31 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Xfce "This release incorporates major changes to the core of the Xfce desktop environment and hopefully succeeds in fulfilling a number of long time requests. Among the most notable updates is that we have ported the entire Xfce core (Thunar, xfdesktop and thunar-volman in particular) from ThunarVFS to GIO, bringing remote filesystems to the Xfce desktop. The panel has been rewritten from scratch and provides better launcher management and improved multi-head support. The list of new panel features is too long to mention in its entirety here. Thanks to the new menu library garcon (formerly known as libxfce4menu, but rewritten once again) we now support menu editing via a third-party menu editor such as Alacarte (we do not ship our own yet). Our core libraries have been streamlined a bit, a good examplle being the newly introduced libxfce4ui library which is meant to replace libxfcegui4."
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What comes to full-blown desktop environments, the options are pretty much down to Gnome, KDE and XFCE. Of course there are window managers and who knows what to choose from aswell.

I don't think that's entirely fair. There's stacks of DEs that don't get as much limelight, like LXDE:

And as you said, theres window managers as well - many of which are DEs in themselves: such as Fluxbox.

Heck, if you're not fussed about panels and tray icons, then theres stuff like DWM and it's many forks.

There's also a few UNIX DEs (which I believe are GPL) that dont appear to have been ported to Linux (JDE, Project Looking Glass, etc).

So there is plenty of choice out there.

Edited 2010-11-10 16:21 UTC

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