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[1149 users on Ohloh]
The GNOME project provides two things: The GNOME desktop environment, an intuitive and attractive desktop for users, and the GNOME development platform, an extensive framework for building applications that integrate into the rest of the desktop.
[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.

[73 users on Ohloh]
Fluxbox is a lightweight and highly configurable window manager with pwm-like tabs.
[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...

[6 users on Ohloh]
AfterStep is a window manager for the Unix X Window System. Originally based on the look and feel of the NeXTStep interface, it provides end users with a consistent, clean, and elegant desktop. The goal of AfterStep development is to provide for flexibility of desktop configuration, improving aesthetics, and efficient use of system resources.

Some of the distinguishing features of AfterStep compared to other window managers are its low usage of resources, stability and configurability.