@Treeant34 Abolishing Windows, and using Ubuntu myself since 10.04, and continued later with Lubuntu 11.10 and so forth, and remained with that, I understand your hesitation to move to LXQT.
For now, I think Lubuntu with LXQT is ‘polished’ enough for my daily routine. I’ve made the change, had some hesitations but got used to it, and now I like it.
In 2011 I’ve chosen Lubuntu for its unmet speed on my then already old cheap laptop. Things have changed for me. Speed is less an issue, but it is still important.
Now the current Lubuntu LTS is reaching its end, I’ve been trying several other Debian based distro’s (in VirtualBox) to see if I should make a drastic change for my daily desktop.
I really liked Kubuntu with its Plasma desktop. I think it would be the only serious competitor to Lubuntu.
However, still using old hardware, it turned out for me that Kubuntu is slightly sluggisher than the almost ready release candidate of Lubuntu 22.04. To be honest, what I would miss when I had moved to another distro, would be PCManFM-Qt. And speed.
For me, Lubuntu and the rest of LXQT is important. Ofcourse it is, but like electricity, gas, water and fibre, Lubuntu is just ‘there’, of good quality, and assured to function well
I’ve been reading the other comments, and you really should reconsider to move (or stay) with LXQT/Lubuntu unless you have serious XFCE needs. Personally, I doubt that.
What do you not like about the layout of current Lubuntu. Not so many changes IMHO.
What do you mean by ‘bloatware’? You can always remove packages with ‘apt’, if that is your point.