After several months of living with the joy and heartache of KDE4, I decided to take a small vacation, and so I dropped down to the wonderful isle of Xfce.
It's a desktop environment I haven't used before, and I'm starting to wonder why. It's quick, lightweight, it doesn't get in my way. And yet it's functional, looks beautiful, and it's truly responsive. Stability doesn't even come into the equation. It does what I need it to do and doesn't complain.
KDE 4.x.x is without doubt a heavyweight, - and it's definitely something I'll use again at some point in the future, perhaps next year. But quite frankly I've missed some of the speed and responsiveness I'm used to.
For myself atleast, my holiday home may well become my permanent residence, for the forseeable future atleast. If you do decide to take a break, I can't recommend Xfce enough. The weather's beautiful down here..