It is very easy to install since it comes with the distribution. (apt-get install lxde) It is a download size of 20 MB more or less. Even this is fast!!!. After installation you have to restart the X server or reboot your machine. And simply select lxde at the gdm display.
Saying that it is fast is not enough, it is incredibly fast. Gnome works fine on eee but lxde goes at the speed of light, it can open and close windows in the wink of an eye. My special recommendation: DO TRY IT!!!
Apart from being fast it has many configuration options and it integrates well typical applications of other desktops.
The default layout reminds me of Windows Vista, start menu down left, black colour... but of course it has nothing to do with it. There is this powerful Debian GNU/Linux behind!!!
I think this new desktop beats XFCE. I must confess that I personally don't like XFCE. Besides I read that LXDE is even faster. I believe it!.
If you are running GNOME or any file manager (I sometimes use mc; The midnight commander) on your eee pc and you are satisfied with it, that's ok, but if you believe that it is too bloated for your limited disk space then you can give LXDE a try.
There is a special project to install debian with lxde on eee pc and I quote from: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Debian
- CD image to install Debian with LXDE on to a eee PC
- Copy the CD-image on to a USB drive with dd
Note: <USB-DEVICE> = the device, not a partition. (/dev/sdX NOT /dev/sdX1)
(And then boot the installer from the usb)
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Now I quote from the Debian Project News newsletter:
Bits from the Debian CD team
Frans Pop sent Bits from the Debian CD team, summarizing various
changes affecting the installation media for the upcoming release of
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny".
The most notable change is the replacement of the Xfce installation
disc with a "light desktop" installation disc for installing Xfce or
LXDE. Furthermore, all four major desktop environments (GNOME, KDE,
Xfce and LXDE) are directly installable from the first DVD image; the
desktop environment to be installed can now be chosen via the boot