These are useless questions, in that the answers will not, as far as I can tell, help you in any real way do anything that you want to do. That said, here are my guesses:
Originally Posted by lordlucifer
Hi guys !
As a newbie I have a lot of questions in my mind about Linux.But in this post I will bother you people only for a few questions.
1)Which Linux distro is lightest< requires least disc space,ram etc> ?
2)Which one is heaviest <requires the most disc space, ram etc> ?
3)Which one is fastest <in terms of speed,performance> ?
4)Which distro is most beautiful < means most cool looking and attractive > ?
5)Which one is most user friendly and easy to use distro ?
1) there are several distros specifically for low resource computers; jefro's answer is probably technically correct, but you are probably more likely to use something like Puppy. For more, do the appropriate search on distrowatch.
2) 'Sort of' pass, but you can make anything heavy in disk space by installing as much as possible. You can make anything use lots of ram by running lots of stuff at once and using a heavyweight DE.
3) No worthwhile differences. Well, there are differences, but a lot of them are down to exactly which point release of the kernel is used (and therefore, if distro A is fastest today, then distro Z is probably fastest at the next release, simply because that's a reflection of how soon they have got to the 'good' release), and which of the various non-default settings are used (partic, filesystems, but which is the fastest depends on exactly which point release of the kernel is used and very heavily on exactly which test you use to assess speed or performance, and some of the performance things aren't really speed, but all of the speed things are performance). Look at Phoronix for some occasional testing on different versions of different distros, but, while you'll get data, you probably won't get much information without knowing more about the things that are being compared.
Well, there are also differences that are dependant on which, and which version of, DE are used, but these are probably even more useless and harder to quantify. So, KDE is probably the 'slowest' (heaviest) in simple testing, but, if it provides you with facilities that you want, and others don't, maybe its the fastest? It almost certainly is easier to use a DE that works 'naturally' for you, rather than fight with one that doesn't, irrespective of the fact that the second may be lighter (unless restrictions in memory capacity, etc, force the issue to become extreme).
4) The one that appeals to you. Although this is partly irrelevant, as really anything with the same DE can be made to look the same with a bit of effort. You might find anything with Enlightenment (eg, Bodhi) appealing, or you might find it revolting, I can't tell.
Also, one distinction that is worthwhile is between the 'do it all' distros and the more focussed ones: some distros have one or a very limited selection of DEs, others try to make quite a few available. It always appeals to me to have more than just my favourite, so I can play with a few others, just to have a look, but other people want to decide on a DE and stick with it 'for all time'. Depending on what you decide, this might eliminate some from consideration totally.
5) Ubuntu used to be popular; well, it still is (although Mint is probably better) and you could regard popularity amongst 'ordinary' (whatever that means) users as a kind of vote on ease of use, as most ordinary users will try for ease of use.