zero swap file (I have 32GB of RAM)
One of the better looking distros, made even prettier with Faenza-Dark (Cupertino) Blue (Dark Panels) icons, Black Mate theme style, BiSoft-GTK3 window style and EXO 2 fonts. (I like a dark theme and Mac like window buttons.)
Based on Ubuntu LTS.
Linux Lite utilites
Synaptics Package Manager
Desktop documentation linked to their web page.
(Don't be surprised if you end up searching for, and downloading, previous Linux Lite released wallpapers.)
XFCE is made for the desktop. It's clean, simple, reliable, stable. It has some window effects but no rotating cubes or wobbly windows, for example. But if your hardware supports Compositing you can adjust opacity and translucency.
hardwired control panel icons
limited choice of browsers, so you will need to resort to manually installing some browsers
Latest kernels with Spectre and Meltdown fixes will most likely slow down the desktop responsiveness. So, for example, YouTube video playback may start to buffer where there was no buffering before with the 4.15 kernel. Program loading will also be slower.
Can't install other DEs, Desktop Environments, alongside XFCE, so I don't know if you can replace Thunar file manager with Nemo, from Cinnamon, for example, as it may pull in Cinnamon dependencies.
If you're new to XFCE you will probably want to browse for "XFCE tweaks and tips".