Have definitely noticed this as well. Several forum members have asked about comparing “lite” to the “full version” of Zorin OS on here recently. Zorin Core is not a “Full” version compared to Lite.
Others have the impression that Lite is only for older computers, too.
Interestingly, Both Azorin and Linus Torvalds have commented before that they use XFCE on their own Rig. Torvalds also expressed KDE as a favorite Desktop Environment, recently after changes made to XFCE. Torvalds does not speak as disparagingly of Gnome as I do, of course, but in interviews has mentioned preferring to avoid Gnome, often.
The guy heading writing the kernel is unlikely to undertake this task on an SubStandard system…
Zorin Lite used to use LXDE, not XFCE. These days, XFCE and LXDE are listed as popular lightweight desktop environments, as well as openbox, fluxbox, awesome, many others…I am not sure what label Zorin Team could give Zorin Lite other than Lite that gets the idea across, given that across Linux as a whole, the Lighter weight desktops are described in the same way. The difference may be less in the “light” nomenclature as it is in the line:
“For Older Computers.”