I am a Ubuntu 10.4LTS user (gnome), with my main desktop machine. I have an old laptop that I use to try different distros. Although I am sticking with Ubuntu 10.4LTS for the time being I wanted to check out the latest Ubuntu release. Between the changes in Gnome3, and Ubuntu's unity interface I wasn't impressed, not to mention the old laptop is getting to the point it can't handle the latest and greatest eye candy. Someone suggested XFCE and I was impressed. I installed it as an option on my desktop machine, I am using it more and find the transition simple enough. I still have all my gnome apps in the Xfce menus, so I am not getting the stand alone Xfce experience.
My background: I am old enough to remember mainframes, so unix/Linux was natural to me. I stared off with linux on headless servers but still used Windows for my computing needs. Once I moved over I really found no reason to use Windows anymore. I didn't like KDE, although I thought it looked sharper, I just didn't like it. I did like Gnome and Xfce has also impressed me. As Gnome continues down its current path I will most likely switch. I am a K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid)/minimalist person so I don't want or need anything fancy.
My old laptop is giving me so many problems, I can't try Xubuntu with Xfce or the Fedora-Xfce spin on its own. I can however see myself switching to Xfce on my desktop on my next LTS install.
I joined this forum because I have a few questions. Although I have searched and found answers somethings don't work. I will search the forums a bit and then start asking.