I keep switching between MATE and GNOME. For me, MATE fits my workflow without having to do much. GNOME, I have to install a ton of extensions to get that MATE feel. However GNOME’s night light and overall aesthetic calls out to me more.
KDE feels right. One minor annoyance is that after I switch displays the switcher graphic stays on and the screen kinda freezes. I have to sleep the computer and after wakeup everything works just fine. Also would be awesome if the audio device switch would happen as you swap from DVI to HDMI. Minor things though.
Well I am old, and Xfce feels like a mix between Win 2000 and Win XP but you know, better.
But more than that it is extremely snappy, extremely customizable (like Cinnamon and Plasma) but also extremely stable. Someone else (don’t know where) said that Xfce Beta release is to merely build your system on concrete instead of bedrock (the stable release). Plasma might use as little memory these days, but it’s… completely different in feel. It is gorgeous until you start using it, and then it feels slow to respond, bloated, while Xfce is almost as clean as Gnome in it’s interface.
Well, when i first switched from windows xp to linux, i started with mate DE.
At that time archlinux didn’t added all stuff to the repo, and @karasu (antergos developer) was kind enough to add the packages so i could use it. (mate was super unstable then).
It’s a very complete DE, light at the same time and remebered me about windows xp (i’m still a fan of it).
Later on for some reason using 400 - 500 ram memory sounded unacceptable for me (i have 16GB ddr3 so don’t know why i was so upset); when i read that karasu (which i always admired) was using i3-wm i decided to give it a try, and i’m still using it proudly. Uses 200 - 300 ram memory (idle).