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LXDE is another "lightweight" desktop, and like Xfce it has benefited from the recent turmoil in Linux desktops.
While Xfce has slowly added at least a few "bells and whistles", LXDE seems to have stayed much closer to its hard-core lightweight roots. I have loaded this version on my Samsung N150 Plus, and I can tell you first hand that even on that old and rather underpowered (by today's standards) netbook, LXDE is still quite snappy. As with the other spins, the base distribution that Fedora has put together also respects the lightweight philosophy:
- Midori 0.5.5 (lightweight browser)
- Sylpheed 3.4.0b5
- Abiword 3.0.0
- Gnumeric 1.12.8
- LXMusic 0.4.4
- GPicView 0.2.1
- Yum Extender 3.0.13 (software management)
- PCmanFM 1.1.2 (file manager)
As always, you can add whatever else you might want via Yum Extender (or yum CLI of course).
Finally, this is the latest addition to the Fedora spins — a MATE desktop version, for those who still prefer the Gnome 2 desktop. This one strikes me as a bit odd, because it is so minimally equipped with additional packages.
I suppose that I see the difference as particularly stark because I was just looking at Linux Mint 16 MATE last week, and that is nearly identical to the Cinnamon distribution, whereas this one has almost nothing beyond the minimums necessary to get it running and useable:
- MATE 1.6.1
- Midori 0.5.5
- Claws Mail 3.9.2
- eye of Mate 1.6.1 (Image viewer)
- Atril Document Viewer 1.6.1 (PDF)
- Yum Extender 3.0.13
As always, pretty much anything else you might want or need is available from the repositories via Yum Extender.