cwsnyder wrote:For specifying a lightweight version, you have some heavyweight requirements!
With your requirements, I can't recommend anything lighter than Windows XP or Linux Mint LXDE.
I'm looking for an easy transition from Ubuntu, since commands I've learned so far are based on that. I assume that means Debian-based (?) so I probably need to go with at least XFCE, based on this:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Mint
You are correct, I do have some fairly heavy tasking
On the other hand, for my mother's computer, she will run mostly just webmail with picture/flash attachments (and Libre Office, rarely) in the Linux guest VM, with Windows 7 as host. Total of 4GB RAM --> probably allocate 1.5GB for the VM, so lightweight is best, but using Adobe Flash and LibreOffice.
Would XFCE be better than Cinnamon and MATE for her computer? Where can I see a resource use comparison?