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KDE
[680 users on Ohloh]
The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is a graphical desktop, a set of applications and a development platform. It is created by a community of people dedicated to create a free and user-friendly computing experience. KDE offers all necessary means to easily build all kinds of applications upon.

KDE has been around since 1996, with code change history dating back at least to 1997.

KDE is one of the biggest free software C++ project around and one of the two leaders of unix desktops.

LXDE
[14 users on Ohloh]
LXDE is a free desktop environment for Unix and other POSIX compliant platforms, such as Linux or BSD. The name LXDE stands for "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment".

LXDE is a project aimed to provide a new desktop environment which is lightweight and fast. It's not designed to be powerful and bloated, but to be usable and slim enough, and keep the resource usage low. Different from other desktop environments, we don't tightly integrate every component. Instead, we tried to make all compo...