Here is a fascinating new project that is really brand new, I don't think anyone has mentioned it on this forum before, but you know how bad the forum search is, so they might have!http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=manjaro
Think of an LMDE like rolling distro with all codecs pre installed, but based on Arch Linux instead of Debian - whet your appetite? It did mine, I already have it installed. Forget what they say about being an 'intuitive' installer - if you find cfdisk and nano intuitive then maybe, otherwise, no
It is Xfce based but also has Cinnamon, gnome-shell and KDE options. It is fully compatible with Arch, so anything they have on their repos you can install on this. Of course you will probably have to learn a new skill - like pacman syntax, but you won't have to learn it straight away as it comes with a gui package manager and updater.
One very interesting feature of the live cd is that it offers the option to run in live mode with proprietary video drivers - and it works to. This is really handy for those of us with dual monitor setups that are not handled well by nouveau, you can really test how the installed version will perform for once (without extra installations onto a live system).
I don't consider it all that stable yet, for example it wouldn't install grub for me, I had to do it manually, but the way I boot is a little strange
. It also has conky preinstalled but I can't for the life of me get it onto the primary monitor yet, but it's still early days.
If you fancy a real change of scene and don't mind working a few things out for yourself then this is well worth a look.
Arch Linux without the "Arch Way" YAY!! Not before time.
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532. Intel i5 processor, 6Gb ram, Intel HD3000 graphics, Intel Audio/wifi. Realtek RTL8111/8168B Ethernet.Lubuntu 13.10,Ubuntu12.10 (Unity), Mint16 (Cinnamon), Manjaro (Xfce).