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I agree with you in that it would be great to be a Linux-Guru ... don't get me wrong, I've learned alot in the past 2 years with Linux.
But, like many people I use my computer to do my life's work. That's how I make money.
I am a Registered Architect in the US ... and I use Linux and Open Source exclusively.
So, I don't need to have the latest and greatest of every OS or App., Just enough to allow me to do my job.
Sure, I like to play with and do stuff with my Linux install ... but, above all, I need 'stable'
The bottom-line is >> I don't need a mile long taskbar/panel or Conky displaying all the stuff going on in my system ... I need something that simply works ... shows me the bare minimum of what is going on ... and will not interfere with what I am trying to do.
Mint and Debian allow me to this.