Originally Posted by podcomp
I know there are a bunch of low resource linux distros using LXDE or XFCE window managers. Heres the kicker, pretty much all that i've found have program names that sound nothing like their intended purpose.
I already found 2 distros that change the program names in the application menus to generic names (like changing the name GIMP to Photo Editor). (...)
Hi there, and welcome to LQ.
What you want to do is only indirectly related to distributions: it depends in fact on the particular desktop environment or window manager which you are actually using. For instance, many distributions include Xfce, and they might install it and run it by default, or they might not. They might also provide different default configurations, which of course you can change according to your needs. The same holds for LXDE, KDE, MATE, fluxbox, Window Maker, and for any other similar software.
Regarding generic application names, if you are using Xfce you can easily configure the main "Applications menu" in order to show them instead of specific names: to do that you have to right-click on the menu button, go to "Properties" and then check the option "Show generic application names". That's it, for any distribution that includes Xfce. LXDE and MATE might have to be configured differently, and so other DEs or WMs.
[EDIT] By the way, the program information used in desktop menus is not "invented" by the specific distribution or desktop environment, but is picked from the "<program>.desktop" files stored in "/usr/share/applications/". For example, this is part of a "gimp.desktop" file:
Name=GNU Image Manipulation Program
Comment=Create images and edit photographs