Getting Tired of Ubuntu... Distro Recommendations?
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Distribution: Started with Slackware - 3.0 1995 Kernel 1.2.13 - Now Slackware 14.2 RC 2. Also some FreeBSD.
I have been a Slackware guy for over 20 years... but coming from Ubuntu you might feel more at home with Debian. Debian is less hand holding than Ubuntu and is "pure" rather than "Debian based" as noted by a poster above.
EDIT: Sorry... reread your original post and see that you are after an Ubuntu based distro. Please ignore my worthless dribble above that does nothing to address your question.
Last edited by Fred-1.2.13; 04-21-2016 at 03:23 PM.
Peach OSI is a very fine distribution. It is a refined Ubuntu remix, it has Xfce, but you can customize it or install other DE's (like in most distros) like Cinnamon, KDE, MATE, etc. I installed the Barebones edition. I like it better than Linux Mint.
Manjaro is another fine distribution, based on Arch. There are plenty of DE's available for Manjaro.
As always, you can try them on a VM to see if they fit you.
I have. Gnome 3 doesn't feel "right" for a desktop and lacks customization. Lxde looks dated and I had a hard time configuring it when I used it. MATE my love too, but I don't want to go for a "traditional desktop". I want something like unity, but very very customizable.. Like KDE..
I think this is a case of incompatible requirements
The desktops like Unity and Gnome are generally aimed at people who want looks and a "phone-style" interface but are happy to take things as they some, while those like Mate and Xfce are designed to people who want to use them rather than look at them.
KDE tries to give you the best of both worlds, but that takes resources. But KDE can be "tamed": according to my records, Salix and SolydX use only about half the resources of Fedora and SUSE — it's all down to customisation.
I would wait a while though. There have been quite a few bugs reported in the Linux Mint blog comments. KDE Plasma 5 is a large change from KDE 4 and so I reckon it will take a while for the Mint 18 implementation to settle down.