Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
You’ve heard the talk, the complaints, and the scathing reviews. Both GNOME 3 and Ubuntu Unity have been met with a hailstorm of bad publicity — so much so that people are turning away from adopting Linux — at least Linux that uses either of these two desktops. So if you want to switch to Linux but you don’t want to use either of these desktops, what can you do? Well, I’ll give you five what-to-do’s that will ease the troubled Linux desktop selection.
XFCE (Figure A) is one of the most popular alternative desktops. The newer releases offer everything any desktop user will need and more. Yet even with all the features it offers (including a compositor), it remains incredibly lightweight, fast, and reliable. In fact, I would venture to say that XFCE is, by far, one of the most reliable and snappiest of all the full-featured desktops I have used to date.