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Hi, I also like xfce, and I've used it for a few years in the late noughties. But then I tried lxde, and I've stuck with that ever since. While I agree things like KDE and Gnome3 are atrocities, what makes you think so of lxde?

Not the original poster, but the trouble I had with lxde was that it never felt consistent. It felt more like openbox where you made a desktop out of dozens of indepedent projects that each did things their own way.

Xfce, by comparison, feels like each program is part of a package. That is not to say it's perfect: I still have to pull in Mate applications for things like a task manager, archive manager, and calculator. I also had to write my own replacements for things like a text editor that doesn't open every new document in a new window. But I get a whole lot of mileage out of Xfce's file browser, desktop, panel, terminal, settings panel, etc.

I'm a bit nervous about the Xfce move to GTK3, and I hope I won't end up with any client-side decorated windows, or the GTK3-style file picker.

I haven’t used LXDE/LxQt in several years but this has been my experience as well. XFCE feels like an intentional, designed singular “piece” where LxQt feels stitched together.

Also not OP but the window management in lxde felt a lot like windows xp. You couldn't even snap applications to one side.

Brrrr... I actually hate automatic snapping of windows when the window border gets to close to the screen border. When I want that on LXDE, I use the keyboard shortcut.

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