The best desktop is.... well, it isn't KDE, nor GNOME. Okay, in reality it maybe but please don't forget about the others. Please can we have more about other desktops and how to configure, use and maximise these.
The GNOME vs KDE article, I thought, and you did ask for feedback, not the best use of space for the magazine despite it's jovial attempt at beating off a flame war. However, the lightweight desktop article and issue to two before... grand.
There is too much KDE/GNOME development, uprevving etcetera. Let's please go to some general programming with specific conversion lessons to K/G. Let's teach people how to develop for Linux as a community first. Let's show people what can be achieved by careful code, broad experimental ideas, individual thought, inspiation, persiration. Even tonight on the Gadget show on Bravo they were praising open source and specifically mentioning OOo, GIMP, FFox, TBird, Knoppix, SuSE (despite their arguement being more fiscal). Let us not get tied into knots and stuck with Windows replacements and mentalities. LXF is a good publication with an eager and fresh audience.
To answer my own posed question. The BEST desktop is... the one that works for you and allows you to maximise productivity to your own end. No more, no less.
Feel free to flame. Thank you all the same LXF. I still subscribe and read almost cover to cover (I skip certain bits as hinted at above).