It is just a lot easier, time wise, for the LMDE devs to use the LMDE standard install as a base and Xfce installed as an extra. Small team and they must do their best to serve the needs and wishes of most of their users. Xfce users are, it appears, too much in the minority.
the unofficial lmde-xfce is underway (same man that does the 'unoffical KDE'
based LMDE with Xfce4.10 and lighter Apps. ***Edit Oh Ya built using UPack6
Thank you very much for that information. Will bookmark the needed address for that stuff.
May be the way for the OP to go.
Not for me. I could do that myself for a LMDE strictly Xfce install. I need to keep the standard issue with Xfce tacked on to make sure I have the same thing installed as my boss has. Any problem with her install will be mine to fix. That is the only install of LMDE I have, currently, on drives I use.
I have two other installs of straight Mate/Cinnamon, one 32 bit and the other 64, on my loaner drive which is for people that want to try out Linux on their computer. LMDE is my Gnome showcase install there.
Even set up Compiz which I absolutely abhore. I want people to see different install with different distros and DEs. Squeeze for OpenBox (don't expect any noobs to go for it - handles grub), Wheezy for Xfce, LMDE for Gnome and will have, when released Mageia 3 for KDE. Lxde I don't know about. Will not be Lubuntu although I think it is a nice, maybe nicest Lxde settup I have seen. Just refuse to point people at an outfit, Canonical/Ubuntu that I don't trust.
May just have to look at this "fork" of LMDE and see what I think of his take on Lxde.
Would look at other Red Hat distros but frankly I don't like the RPM base system or .rpms. The Mandrake, Mandriva, Mageia fork of RH is, to me, the best of the bunch because of the urpmi, urpme management of .rpms and the repositories.
Hey, I have one RH branch distro in. I even like the OS.
Would rather use Debian based stuff and LMDE is just better for noobs than Debian.
Will definitely be looking at that guys work. And maybe setting lxde up myself on top of LMDE or Debian but I would prefer something set up and supported reliably by someone else.
I don't mind setting up peoples systems and giving help but they need the opportunity to be independent.
Dell XPS 420 Core2 Quad Q 6600, audigy5.1, Radeon HD 6450 - currently 4 320Gb HDD, Debian Squeeze for secure use, Debian testing for daily use, Debian Sid for fun.