az2008 wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:21 am
151tom wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:11 pm
I've found Linux Peppermint
to be an excellent lightweight on my 2010
I just booted Peppermint (334,528 bytes. Disabling the background image didn't change that. Probably would if configured that way and rebooted.). I like the look/feel. They have a good philosophy.
It uses LXDE.
FYI: The Peppermint people clarified that it does not use LXDE
, just a couple LX components (lxrunner, for example). They said it's more X based. (Peppermint didn't feel like X at all.). I booted Peppermint again. It used 314,108 memory.
I think the first time (quoted above) I had a hard time finding the terminal. I might have opened menus that cached into memory.
I booted Xubuntu 19.4. It used 397,528. More than Mint Mate (which was 391,800 with the background image). That surprised me. (I wonder if Mint Xfce is similar.).
I booted Puppy. It was 150,468. But, it loads with a setup panel open. When I closed that the mem went down to 139,692.
I read something about AntiX Linux. It doesn't use systemd. That booted *blazingly* fast. I don't remember seeing an OS boot that fast in decades (if ever!). It's very snappy when loaded. 159,252 memory used. It feels a little rough/disorganized/technical like Puppy. It's worth looking at just to see how something without systemd works. (wow!).
I'm tempted to go with Puppy or AntiX. But, they're both very (obviously) X. I've not liked X for some reason. But, I'm sure I could configure it more to my liking. (Like, disable the single-click behavior of launching/opening things). If LXDE's future is uncertain, maybe I should try to get more comfortable with X -- since that's about the only lightweight environment available.).
I'll spend more time with them all. I'm not in a hurry. LXQt is working ok for me. It just seems like a time to change (since I have to change from my beloved LXDE anyway). BTW: The only reason I posted to this thread is that I googled to see if Mint was doing anything with LXQt. I wanted to compare. I found this thread that way. I thought I could add to the topic about it being (subjectively) "lightweight."
I like Mint Mate (thanks @smurphos for clarifying Mate doesn't have GTK-2 issues.).
Neon KDE/Plasma is nice, but would take more getting used to (it's a little different than I'm accustomed to). It's not that big compared to Mate and Lubuntu LXQt. But, you get a lot more polish, features. More than I need. But, maybe I should go that direction for awhile, expose myself to it.
Peppermint definitely reminds me of Lubuntu in the not-so-distant LXDE days. That seems like the natural choice. (But, maybe I should step out of my comfort zone for awhile.).
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Cinnamon 19.1 = 515,888
Zorin 12 (core) = 487,088
Xubuntu 19.4 = 397,528
Mate 19.1 = 391,800 (disable background img immediately reduced to 367,068.
disable animated window/glitter stuff: 348,588)
Neon KDE/Plasma 20190418 = 388,356
Lubuntu 19.4 (LXQt) = 342,604
Peppermint 9.2 = 314,108
Bodhi 5.0.0 = 201,652
AntiX 17.4.1 = 159,252
Puppy 8.0 = 150,468 (but, after closing the automatically opened setup dialog: 139,692)
I didn't mention Bodhi. It seems nice, elegant. But, the desktop wasn't intuitive to me. It reminded me of Enlightenment many years ago. That was impenetrable for me.
EDIT: I also tried Zorin Core too. It reminds me of MS Windows desktop (maybe Win 7). I think it would be very comfortable/familiar to someone coming from Windows (like Mint Cinnamon would be too).