Pantheon is a lightweight and modular environment written in Vala and GTK+. It's the default desktop environment of elementary OS.
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Pro Simple, clean aesthetic
Nonintrusive and easy to overview workspace.
Pantheon is light on system resources, giving it the advantage of being able run well on a multitude of setups.
Pro Smooth, subtle animations
Nearly everything is animated, but it's not over the top.
Pro Splitting and animations
Switching between workspaces is fluid, pulling up the workspace preview bumps up the rest of the desktop, open windows show up on the switcher along with larger icons, and everything is subtly animated. You have two windows taking each half the screen by dragging to corners.
Pro Highly Modular
While built to be integrated, Pantheon is also highly modular. Shell components like the Panel, Dock, and app launcher can be swapped out with limited repercussions.
Pro Looks amazing
Looks absolutely amazing. Very nice to use. Amazing UX.
Con Few configuration options
It is pretty bare-bones.
Con Not ideal for enterprise environments
As it has no set release date, and no set support and/or EOL dates, that makes it a not so good choice for enterprises managing a number of machines where such dates are important to know before hand.
Con Too simple
Good for people who want a plug and play simple Desktop Environment. But for a multitasking / entertainment / cutting edge or Gaming Rig this is not the answer.