Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
Every now and again I have to mix up a pure Xfce desktop, just to remember how nice it is. Straight Xfce is still a great idea for Ubuntu, particularly on older machines. This was done with the 4.4.2 debs left here, with only parts of xorg and a few minor applications added.
It’s probably not that impressive, but it’s rather speedy and quite attractive for a 450Mhz laptop. Keeping to GTK2 applications makes it efficient, too. It looks good, runs quick and takes only a minute or so to start up. The Rodent icon set actually looks cute, but it took a yearlong hiatus to make it attractive.
And since xfwm4′s compositor is rather forgiving, this rotten little machine can actually do drop shadows and transparent window decorations with only teeny bit of lag!