Accidentally lost the launch menu? Simply re-add it with a few simple mouse clicks. Perhaps an entire panel is missing for some reason? After verifying it's not hidden, you can just create a new one.
Also after spending time with GNOME, I've found that I don't see the applet breakage with XFCE like I've seen with GNOME extensions. Granted, most of the time any perceived breakage is fixed soon enough, but with XFCE panel applets, everything just works – period. No surprises!
After discovering an interesting memory leak with GNOME's system monitor extension, I'm just glad I don't seem to have these issues with my XFCE applets. I suppose it's due to their simpler nature.
As I bring this article to a close, the main thing I'd like to get across here is this: XFCE keeps it simple. XFCE remains rock solid, dependable and maintains the logic that most people still look for in a menu driven experience. I also happen to think that XFCE provides a solid balance between desktop environment speed and general usability.
The point is this – park any basic Windows users in front of XFCE and in minutes, they'll find their way around. I don't have the same confidence with GNOME and KDE in this area. GNOME 3 is completely foreign to most people whereas KDE starts off familiar, only to offer menus on top of menus which may overwhelm some newer users (my opinion).
Do you think I'm wrong? Perhaps instead, you have a compelling argument for why (insert desktop environment here) is more compelling for users of all types? Hit the Comments section and sound off.
Personally, I think most folks will be hard pressed to get me believing that XFCE isn't the best out there. With a little work, XFCE can be made to look amazing. Plus it runs great on lower spec PCs, because let's face it, being able to run Linux on an older PC is always awesome.