I was looking to test out some lighter distros and found the official status Lubuntu distro and bodhi. I havn't tried Lubuntu yet, but I love bodhi. What I love about it is that it has a bare minimal packages installed. I love the philosophy of installing what I want. I already expect to not like Lubuntu because it has Libre office. I havn't tried Libre office, and I'm sure it's almost exactly the same as open office, but since it's new and I havn't tried it yet, so I'm already biased against it.
I've been using bodhi for somewhere between 2 to 4 weeks. At first I was thinking it would take a while for me to determine if it was good. My biggest concern was stability. I'm already convinced that it's stable.
For some reason, probably because of the reviews I have seen, I had a feeling that I would like Enlightenment. I was right. I love it. It's awesome. I've tried several other WMs, but none of them really stood out for me. They all just seemed like another version of the same thing, but Enlightenment rocks.
I hated Gnome because it's a friggen gorilla. Unity is the same. I wanted light. I wanted performance. I mean, that's a linux thing. Right? I was wanting to explore other distros cause ubuntu is becoming a major HOG! Even Xubuntu is heavy. Now I think I might stick with at least one ubuntu distro.
I'll probably still try Lubuntu on one of my other boxes, and I'll probably try another distro like slackware or arch base on one of my other boxes, but I'm pretty confident that I found one debian based distro that I can stick with. It's fine with me if they pack a version with all the essentials so the beginner will have everything they will want out of the box, but hopefully they will continue to offer the bare bones install where I can install only the stuff I want.
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