Xfce 4 - your next window manager
Since the laptop has joined my world, and I have been in search of a faster distro, one of the things that I have also been investigating is lighter window managers. I have found that one of the many I have investigated is good enough to be my primary window manager, Xfce. It has the ability to be both fast and powerful.
I have found that Xfce truly is a viable alternative to the big window managers. It is full featured, powerful, complete and yet, lightweight enough to run quickly and smoothly on nearly any equipment, new and old. When was the last time you could say that about KDE? While KDE will run on the laptop, any current version is slow, bloated and overkill. Gnome is better, but still has way too much going on to be comfortable and efficient.