Xfce v. EDE
No one seems to have mentioned Xfce in this discussion. It's lean, mean, fast, and configurable. A tiny footprint with a lot of basic functionality. Good for running GTK apps, without all the bloat of KDE/Gnome etc.
To the developer of EDE - How would you say it stacks up ram- and speed-wise against my favorite: Xfce?
How would you, personally, contrast the two?