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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
One of the nice things about Fedora is that, at the same time more or less the base release goes out, the 'Spins' go out too. Not only the Gnome base (which I am not any more intrested in than Unity at the moment, and for the same reasons), but LXDE, KDE, and XFCE versions. Ubuntu and Mint have those too, but they usually lag the main release. I just looked and the LXDE version of Mint is still based off Mint 11 as of this writing.
After I posted about switching to the LXDE version, a comment to that post, plus some private email told of the virtues of the XFCE version as well. I decided a shoot out of sorts was in order. The LXDE version remained on my Dell 745. It is reliable and snappy. Has been for the entire month since the conversion, making it feel like new hardware was installed. It had been running Ubuntu before.
The 64 bit version of XFCE version went in on my Dell m4500.