Originally Posted by Rothen
+1 for Cinnamon. I tried it once, and liked that it brought back the traditional desktop environment while still using the latest Gnome software. However, it felt somewhat patchwork when I used it. It felt like they took software from Gnome and didn't integrate it completely. Mate is good, but is essentially obselete. XFCE has its own flavor really, you like it or you don't. I don't like it as my primary desktop environment.
Window managers are great too, although they require more configuring to act like a desktop environment. I used to use Fluxbox, but it is too old really, no new themes out for it. Openbox would be the way to go, with tint2 panel.
hmm. some of your statments make me kind of uneasy. Cinnamon is just a shell and a modified WM on gnome.. it uses all the same software (i.e. gedit, settings, themeimg, services, etc.) I don't really get what you mean by by 'patchwork'
MATE is not 'obsolete'. it's not gnome 2. It's a continuation
of gnome 2, so it's not outdated, just moving in a different direction them the gnome is now. The one thing that could be said to be outdated is the use of gtk2 over 3, but that's just the widget set and has real real relation to performance or functionality. The fact that Mint and other distro are picking it up and using it either as default or have it in their repos mean that it's now a standard DE and will likely continue to be so.