Originally Posted by mbudden
Just installed Linux Mint 10 LXDE RC, and all I can say is wow... 130MB's of RAM being used. From what I read, LM 10 LXDE is based off of lubuntu, I decided LM10 over lunbuntu because of the LM 10 repositories & little things here and there. Deff recommend it for old hardware. Booted GIMP and Firefox fast. Not to mention from BIOS to login screen was like 20 seconds.
does mint still use the ubuntu repo's or did they finally set up their own?
there are 4 or 5 repo's in ubuntu and derivatives that are disabled by default, that you can re-enable thru synaptic...
mint has come a long way, it use to be ubuntu with a new theme with 1 or 2 additional packages, now it is what i would consider a fork, and their work with the mint debian is also very nice, even tho it is a bit "wonky" for my taste
its been a long time since gnome/kde/xfce have been suitable for the older hardware, as they've grown and shifted their focus to take on "other" OS's...so its left plenty of room for lightweight DE/WM's to step in and prosper...i run lubuntu on my pentium-m 1.7 GHz laptop with 1 GB of ram, it runs great, ubuntu itself, does a decent job, so does kde if you kill off all the "cool" features
i've been thinking about giving bohdi (i think that is what it is called) or buhdi, its a funny name like ubuntu
, but it uses the enlighten WM, which from what i've read, uses less resources than lxde.
there is also trinity to consider, which is the kde 3.5 fork, a lot of people were unhappy with kde 4, so they forked 3.5 (what they consider the last good version of KDE) into the trinity project, i don't know of any distro's that use it as default, but i'm sure once it is out of "beta" as they are currently in the process of "modernizing" 3.5 since it is quite old in comparison, and adding features you have come to expect out of a DE/WM...
there are lots of choices, if you enable the right repo's, add backport ppa's, you can install different DE/WM's via synaptic/apt-get without having to reinstall.