With the cessation of Crunchbang I had to find a new distro for my old notebook.
1.7GHz Single Core, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD. It's just chilling in the kitchen all day long and servers basically as an entertainment station for people in the room.
- web browsing (chromium)
- music (grooveshark)
- snes emulator (zsnes)
- jabber (pidgin)
- mail (icedove)
Up to now tried LXLE, Lubuntu, AntiX, Bodhi and Debian.
LXLE seemed to have a problem with my wireless card, as the connection was very
unstable and the tray icon was constantly posting messages about being disconnected/connected.. I tried to resolve the issues, dist-upgrades (as the 32bit version is still on precise), which took 3h and resulted in even more problems..
Lubuntu made me feel like I found the distro I wanted, until it became unresponsive ~four times within 2 hours, i couldn't use the usb soundcard as a default output device and some other minor problems.
AntiX & Bodhi do feel lightweight - I have to admit that I tested those just in VMs. But they're just not my cup of tea, I can't really tell why.
Debian. Good old Debian. Is currently installing from the netinst iso, minimal and I'll probably install xfce. I'll see how well that goes.
All these tests made me wonder, what does
make a distro lightweight?
Is it the minimalism with installed packages? Is it the used applications?
I was confused when I saw how much Lubuntu includes out of the box.. felt wrong for a lightweight distro. (same with LXLE)
Thus I thought a custom minimalistic Debian would work even better for my case.
I considered using TinyCore or something else, not based on Debian/Ubuntu, but the inability to just sudo apt-get install something
and the unlikeliness some developer would offer an install package is just not suitable for a kitchen device where multiple user come and go..
What makes a setup really lightweight?