There are lots of interesting desktop environments for X, other than the big
two three GNOME, KDE, and Xfce. One of those is Etoile, a highly modular and leightweight environment based on GNUstep. Etoile is entirely project and document based, which means that you focus on your documents, and not on applications. Earlier this month – and we missed it, my apologies – the project released version 0.4.0.
They’re very clear about the intended audience of this 0.4.0 release. “As a developer-focussed release, this predominantly consists of frameworks,” they warn, “A few demonstration applications are also included. More will be added during the 0.4.x release series, leading to a user-focussed 0.5 release next year.” Th frameworks are numerous, and best described by the team members themselves in the release announcement.