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post #11 of 30
crunchbang linux,
if you're feeling adventurous go for arch linux, or gentoo.
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ive always wanted to try out my own arch build but im affraid il spend too much time getting too little back redface.gif
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It does require setup and maintenance time, but once you get it going, baring large updates (and accidentally deleting your root folder) it won't be too bad.
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Give a minimal install a try. Doesn't really matter if it's Arch or Debian or FreeBSD or anything, but setting up your own desktop gives you what you need and nothing else. You mght not like it, I tend to drift from distro to distro and currently am using LMDE for most things (although I am a master of killing services, I could cut that 600 to under 300 in no time. Gnome 3 on LMDE 64-bit boots to under 200 after I did my work on it) but I also have a FreeBSD install, an Arch install, and have done alot of minimal installs in the past. It is something everyone should at least try, you feel much more in control of the OS and the skills learned transfer even if you end up back on a 'thick' distro.
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Give a minimal install a try. Doesn't really matter if it's Arch or Debian or FreeBSD or anything, but setting up your own desktop gives you what you need and nothing else. You mght not like it, I tend to drift from distro to distro and currently am using LMDE for most things (although I am a master of killing services, I could cut that 600 to under 300 in no time. Gnome 3 on LMDE 64-bit boots to under 200 after I did my work on it) but I also have a FreeBSD install, an Arch install, and have done alot of minimal installs in the past. It is something everyone should at least try, you feel much more in control of the OS and the skills learned transfer even if you end up back on a 'thick' distro.

This is why I always suggest minimal / barebone installs really. You learn a lot in the process and even if you don't want to rebuild your distro after a while and go back to a full distro, your newly learned skills will shift right over and you'll find things much easier.
post #16 of 30
I personally like pclos.It's worth you giving it a look.
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post #17 of 30
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ive always wanted to try out my own arch build but im affraid il spend too much time getting too little back redface.gif

Arch Install Time < Time Removing Crap on Mint biggrin.gif
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Arch Install Time < Time Removing Crap on Mint biggrin.gif

there is a huge ammount of stuff i dont need on a fat distro

In fact for the desktop since tweaking and using Synapse search i don't think i need a task bar visible or any icons, just synapse, Guake/Yakuake and a conky type display smile.gif
post #19 of 30
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thanks for the replies ive found a perfect distro that improved on the Mint 14KDE but has given me a much lighter stripped down experience whilst still coming loaded with the appropriate codec and software managers.


Introducing Mint 14 XFCE redface.gif


My Mint 14 KDE was idle at 600MB but quickly got upto 1GB with some visual tweaks and minor things installed, and it idles about 450mb ram on a fresh install.



Mint 14 XFCE is (after removing some minor starup objects like mint upload, bluetooth, to save a paltry few mb) is idle on my laptop at 124MB !! thats with synapse on startup, a nice wallpaper and 4 workspaces. It is solid, lightning fast and i dont miss the KDE candy (or the occasional crash) now i have conky too.

On the Desktop I also installed Mint 14 XFCE and it boots to at about 137mb although i have yet to put the AMD drivers on so that will bloat it a bit

I can recommend mint XFCE, it comes with MDM (soon to include animated HTML login screens) Software Manager, Mint Update manager, and not too much bloat ware just the essentials. It feels much snapier than gnome and with some minor adjustments is close to cinnamon in looks

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post #20 of 30
Could have just installed XFCE on your current install instead of a new (spin) distro tongue.gif
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