I recently switched from windows.

On linux i have used KDE and Gnome, but they both seem a bit sluggish compared to windows. Most programs under linux are slow anyway and that adds to the slowness feeling of the windowmanager. Why do i have to wait 8 seconds before i can see my browser after starting it?

Someone suggested blackbox, which is fast, but a bit too minimal for my taste. I would have loved it if there was an easy way of seeing what i am running and switching between programs.

Can anyone suggest a window manager that will suit my needs?