January 2011, I saw Unity and I look at something potential, heavy for my netbook but really got the looks, But I run back to Gnome because it's less resources hungry. 3 weeks ago I spot the lighter version of Unity, Unity 2D. Faster and lighter, a bit heavier than Gnome but it's OK. 4 days afterwards I saw Gnome Shell which gives more eyecandy to me (but quite disappointed of how not user friendly it was).
April 29th, I decide to put Unity 2D in Ubuntu 11.04 and stick to it, but it seems to be a lot heavier than before when using Ubuntu 10.10 with Unity 2D. I look everywhere on how to get more performance boost to my dear netbook.
Today (May 15th), I decide to give XFCE a try.
I did Install AWN on Unity 2D before because I don't agree to concept of looking over all software for the right one by scrolling far away or typing it's name. I found the old Gnome Menu would be better and a lot faster compare to what Unity had done to us Ubuntu user (lessen the energy we use to pick the right software in need by category). Why I don't use Docky or any other dock is because AWN is lighter and have lots of applet that eats less resources than other dock has.
After I install XFCE using Synaptic Package Manager, I pick the blank panel, not the standard panel and I use AWN as the main window manager while using the blank panel of XFCE as taskbar. Here is the result:
Ubuntu with XFCE running GoldWave using Wine:
Finally (June 3rd) I landed on the land of Openbox where everything is customizable according to your needs and wants and it'll be lighter compare to Unity, Unity 2D, Gnome, Gnome 3 (in comparison to "great desktop looks vs performance")