First of all: I asked this question on SuperUser, when I wasn't thinking about a StackExchange Site for Linux-related questions. So if this violates any rules please feel free to close.
I have fought with myself whether or not i should ask this question but I find myself stuck and I need another expert opinion.
I can't seem find the right combination of display and window manager (and composit manager). I have tried some different combinations but most of them don't work for me. I have been working with Linux for a few years now and currently I'm running Gentoo with GDM, Openbox(stand alone, Gnome aware) and xcompmgr.
But I have tried Metacity, Awesome and Fluxbox with and without Compiz, but always with GDM. What I want: A lightweight, HIGHLY configurable environment that doesn't rely on mouse-input too much (except for web browsing and image processing). At 95% I work programming or so with multiple consoles and desktops on multiple screens.
What makes me ask is that most lightweight environments seem somewhat "unfinished" and show unexpected behavior quite often and that doesn't make me feel too good as I want an environment thats stable.
And of course I want an environment which is not TOO ugly to look at as I use it at an average of 10 hours a day. :) Any thoughts? What do you use in a similar situation?
Thanks for any advice!
(At SuperUser I was told to try XFCE. I am doing that right now.)