The first GNU/Linux distro I ever used was MEPIS. It was a Debian-based distribution that came on a live CD and used the KDE3 window manager. As a first step into GNU/Linux it was a bit of a revelation for me, although I didn't switch completely for quite a few years.

Since then I've tried out a number of different distributions and window managers. I've been using Xubuntu as my primary operating system for 10+ years, and although it's my firm favourite I still like to try out new setups every now and then.

I'm currently trying Regolith Linux, which is a little different as it uses a tiling window manager instead of draggable windows.

Writing this post in Regolith Linux

Most of my work takes place inside Emacs - where I'm comfortable splitting windows - so a tiling window manager seemed like a logical step.

What I like

Feels snappier than XFCE
Everything from keyboard response times to applications starting feels faster to me.
Keyboard controls are fast
Switching to another workspace can be done with a single key press of super + <number>. There is also super + tab for switching windows one-by-one, and super + ctrl + space which opens a prompt for searching by open window name.
Low distraction
Part of my motivation for switching was to reduce the amount of distractions on my screen. So far it's working very well. This may be because I have to remember what's active on each workspace, so I open less applications.
Easy to test
Once I installed Regolith (via Synaptic) it was available to choose as a session type during log in. It didn't break anything that was installed or replace any of my default applications.

What I don't like

Steep initial learning curve
I'm still learning how to configure everything the way I want. It's all done via config files, which is something I like, but finding what to modify takes some digging.
Unlearning habits is difficult
This isn't Regolith's fault, but there's a lot of muscle memory for me to unlearn. Most things are the same for me, such as launching apps via a launcher instead, but having windows stored in workspaces isn't my usual workflow.
No desktop icons
I know, I'm that person that stores stuff on their desktop. I normally keep shortcuts for current projects on my desktop for quick access, but Regolith doesn't have a desktop (as such) so I'm having to work around it.

Overall I'm pleased with how it's going. I really like how easy it is to split windows side-by-side, which is something I do quite often when working on client websites. I don't know if it'll ever take the place of XFCE, but for times when I need to be more productive it looks like a winner.