Flemur wrote:But the distro itself doesn't make much difference, what matters is the DE or window manager.
On the contrary. The distro is paramount. KDE Mint is "heavy" because it comes preconfigured with all the bells and whistles. .
That's exactly what I said, except for the fact that I consider a "distro" to be, say, Mint vs Suse, not Mint KDE vs Mint Xfce.
"A Linux distribution (often abbreviated as distro) is an operating system made from a software collection, which is based upon the Linux kernel and, often, a package management system. Linux users usually obtain their operating system by downloading one of the Linux distributions, which are available for a wide variety of systems ranging from embedded devices (for example, OpenWrt) and personal computers (for example, Linux Mint) to powerful supercomputers (for example, Rocks Cluster Distribution)."
Note the usage: "Mint" is the "distro".