axel668 wrote:No, LXDE is not lighter and faster, at least not considerably. It saves roughly 20MB of RAM, but that's about it.
So, LXDE uses less RAM but it's not lighter? The RAM saved depends on implementation, for Mint the difference is (within the same base) bigger and for slower computers with less RAM that difference is enough to make LXDE feel faster.
axel668 wrote:XFCE on the other hand gives you a lot of additional features and customization options and much better looks (it even has a lightweight composition engine built into XFWM, you can activate it under 'Window Manager Tweaks').
LXDE does everything I need it to do, why should I use something heavier and bigger to do the same? LXDE has enough features and customization for me and I like to do the maximum with the minimum possible, it's fun and a good way to learn.
axel668 wrote:XFCE goes back to 1999 and is the most stable and mature desktop environment you can imagine. I haven't tried LXDE lately but the last time I did (early Lubuntu version) it was not compelling.
You just proved you don't know LXDE. I tested several distros with XFCE back in 2000 and was much worst than early Lubuntu versions. Should I assume that it never got better and today still sucks? Not really a fair comparison, right?
You should test a recent decent version of both, Mint 12 LXDE was the last Mint LXDE edition and was fine. I showed here how to get Mint 12 LXDE use less than 50MB of RAM: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=96465
. Can you get Mint 13 XFCE to less than 50MB? In that link I also praise XFCE (LMDE) for it's lightness but it's not as light as LXDE and I give some numbers.
axel668 wrote:If you really can't afford the extra 20MB, you should rather go for Enlightenment (Bodhi) or pure Openbox (Crunchbang) or a specialized distribution for old hardware like Damn Small Linux.
Nice distros, I would add AntiX and Puppy. LXDE is becoming a standard for easy to use light distros, both Lubuntu and Debian LXDE are good examples and several low RAM devices use Linux (Debian) with LXDE like the Nokia N900 with easy Debian and the Raspberry Pi with Raspbian.
LXDE is modular and it's very easy to fine tune to your needs, with a little tuning you can get any Debian based LXDE distro to become as fast as Bodhi or Crunchbang and Debian LXDE is lighter than both (less goodies). If that is not light enough just logout of LXDE and login to Openbox and customize your Openbox session.
LXDE is the closest DE to the KISS principle, like Einstein said "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”
That's why I like LXDE and why many people don't like LXDE, it's a good thing we have choice.