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Yet another poorly researched news item from Phoronix. Debian hasn't actually switched the Wheezy default desktop to XFCE. GNOME is the default today and could still be the default for release.
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It was changed in the git but it wasn't actually released yet. Several GNOME packages have already been rebuilt with xz compression to make the binaries small enough to fit on the CD.

Switching the default desktop would be controversial and there's a lot of inertia behind GNOME.
 
Phoronix words articles to attract clicks. They are known to have spread misinformation in the past, and often cite stuff out of context.
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