A nice interview with Sean Davis, who you might remember from here, about what makes Xfce so great.
(thanks to Niels for the link)
Sean’s interview (and desktop!) is exactly what you would expect from the Xubuntu technical lead: it’s efficient, fast, and gives you everything you need. I’ve been using Xfce for quite some time and while I do occasionally think about moving to GNOME, there’s really nothing compelling me to make the switch. Xfce does everything I need without any problems. It’s not super contemporary, in terms of the interface, but I like the look and feel. Xfce is a fantastic example of software that stays out of the user’s way.
I’m Sean Davis (bluesabre in the FOSS world). I am the current Xubuntu Technical Lead, an Xfce core developer, and I’m a web developer during the day. I’ve been an Ubuntu/Xubuntu user since 2005.
Why do you use Linux?
I use Linux because it is fast, customizable, and reliable. The wealth of quality software development tools complements my tinkering nature. The friendly and helpful community is a nice perk.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
At home, I run the current Xubuntu development snapshot on my laptop. At work, Xubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr.” On my servers, Ubuntu 14.04.
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
Xfce has been my go-to desktop environment for quite some time. It’s fast, reliable, and can look great with the right configuration.
What one piece of Linux software do you depend upon? Why is it so important?
Python. It was my first programming language and enables me to write quick scripts or full applications to meet my needs.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
My development machine is an ASUS Q550LF, an acceptable gaming laptop with good Linux support. It’s Intel Core i7 @ 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 745M 2GB.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Interview conducted June 16, 2015