Well, I consider the GNOME 2 two-panels default look as the best, and Gnome 2 as the better desktop despite its bugs and glitches. Now, well, we/I must do concessions, especially now they screw the desktop with KDE 4 and GNOME 3. So I use what I consider as the least bad, what I can bear, what makes me do the least amount of concessions or concessions, at least, I can deal with. So, for instance, currently I use XFCE with a "Xubuntu look", i.e. with a GNOME 2 two-panels default look But that does not mean I'm completely happy with.armornick wrote:But let me ask you this; if you don't like any user interface and don't want to use a WM with a standalone panel, why do you keep using a computer at all?
I used a little KDE 3.5 some times, it was usable but it is dead, although there is now the Trinity Project, and with now KDE 4... I can't no more. KDE 4 is less usable than Win7. LXDE has some advantages over XFCE, but overall I don't like it and it is a bit too simplistic for extensive use, XFCE has a lot more features.
Oh and yes, although I used with some pleasure some WM as FVWM, IceWM, Window Maker, *Box... I need a real, complete desktop. So the choices are GNOME, KDE, XFCE or LXDE.
So I use XFCE, customized with a look & feel pretty much like GNOME 2.x, but this is not because XFCE is better, it's only because GNOME follows the KDE trend and gets worse and worse! But "should the XFCE developers start eating the wrong kind of mushrooms, then" there will no more desktop usable...