LXDE: This Lightweight Distro Isn't Missing Much
It's no wonder that the Linux desktop operating system is not attracting hoards of new users from Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows and the Mac OS X platforms. Linux has almost too many desktop choices. And most of them are far from good.
One clear exception is the Lightweight X Desktop Environment, or LXDE. I am becoming increasingly enamored with it as the near ideal Linux OS desktop environment.
Consider the other choices. Developers continue to monkey around with the functionality of Gnome 3 and KDE 4 desktops. The upcoming version of Ubuntu will sport a new heads-up display (HUD) that will take its Unity desktop further afield of many users' comfort zone. And the newest kid on the block, the Cinnamon desktop, may be too spiceless to fix what is broken on Gnome and KDE desktops.
On the other hand, LXDE blends a nice balance of aesthetics and performance.