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post #1 of 30
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I already run Linux Mint 14 Nadia KDE.
Its a great distro and KDE is fun, but im bored now and i want to get something new up and running thats light but can do everything the bigger featured distro's can

As it stands Mint 14 KDE is idle at about 600MB of RAM for me, id like to strip some of the fat and get down to a more reasonable 400mb idle if possible, whilst still keeping the functionality to be able to have a nice Gui with pages and the ability to run some VM' and Steam

So there are hundreds if not thousands of options..

Any ideas?

So far i have used

OpenSuse a few years ago (wasnt overly impressed)
CentOS loved this ! but it looked a little too plan, if i could of tarted that up then that might be good. Its more server orientated right?
Ubuntu .. bit yawn, i hate the orange scheme and im not a huge fan of the side bar (couldn't find out how to customize it?)
Kubuntu more of the same as im running now , again very nice !
Puppy Linux .. Hilariously fast but too limited in its operation and function day to day. (confusing sfs save mechanisms)

Arch ? never tried this
FreeBSD strayed away from anything other than as a ZFS server platform (same reason centos had to go because of Redhat)

I also tried ubuntu server with openbox but that was too minimal in look and customization was a bit too fidly and ultimately limited

((dont get me wrong they all have their place))

so Im thinking Fedora 18?

I think as amazing as KDE is, its still a tad buggy, activities bog things down and mess things up, widgets are in the way etc.. and it uses a bit too much resource, id still use it again. Perhaps Cinnamon ? Gnome is a bit Meh.. but gnome works better with Steam than cinnamon ?

ideas
Edited by Pip Boy - 4/4/13 at 7:01am
post #2 of 30
You are probably looking at XFCE or LXDE for that type of functionality as a lightweight desktop. Sabayon has an install that comes with it. Cinnamon looks good, but I don't know the memory usage on it.

OpenSUSE is better now and has both XFCE and LXDE installs.
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post #3 of 30
I am currently using Fedora but I think what you seem to be craving is a different DE. Have you tried Cinnamon (used in Mint)? I have heard that is fast, I am not sure how customable it is though. If you would be interested in a dock, take a peak at Cairo-dock, I played around with that a few years ago and enjoyed playing with that.

Arch is one of my goals for the summer. You would be able to customize and make it only everything you want, but it will require regular maintenance if you want to keep it up to date (if you fall behind too much you'll probably want to look at their forum before upgrading so you don't break anything).
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post #4 of 30
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thanks

tried XFCE, it was quite nice. on the edge of being too simple, i have it installed on my mint 14 nadia as an alternative. I didnt check memory usage as i couldnt find the resource app! redface.gif
post #5 of 30
Seems to me that you are indeed just looking for a different GUI and not necessarily a different packaging system or distribution. At the end of the day, I keep coming back to OpenSUSE or Ubuntu, mostly because of the mature package and configuration management systems built into them.

You're right about that damned sidebar though - first time I figured up the Unity interface in Ubuntu, I definitely did not care for it. Even setting up simple things on the desktop turn out to be a real chore. Normal non-Linux geeks have no chance with it.

Greg
post #6 of 30
I've been using Gnome, which while it isn't extremely light weight, has some nice functionality although it isn't extremly customizable. I heard GNOME 3.8 was bringing back built in support for the older "start menu look"
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post #7 of 30
I have Arch with XFCE, I like it, I'd use AwesomeWM but there are certain issues with JDK (can't use the open one, can only use the Oracle) and windows rendering for IntelliJ products.

I ran a custom Kernel compile with Mint patched with BFS, whatever I needed I included into the Kernel and not as a module, what I didn't I just yanked it out, ie: I don't use my touchpad so I didn't add it. It was fast. I'm not using it now because I wanted to start with a better base OS.
post #8 of 30
IMO mint is the best distro. Used it a few years back on a notebook and sometimes miss it so much! As a gamer I'm pretty much tied down to windows, though. frown.gif
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post #9 of 30
Try Manjaro linux. It is based on arch but it is a more out-of-the-box setup and has a number of scripts to ease driver installs etc.
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I highly recommend Arch. It is very clean, powerful, and is one of the most resource-efficient, yet full-fledged Linux distros out there. I'm currently running Arch-64 bit in a VM for C++ GL game dev, and I am very happy with it. I recommend installing Gnome 3 on whatever distro you get; it gives your distro a great feel.
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