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"The Zorin OS team is proud to finally release Zorin OS 6 Lite, the latest evolution of the Zorin OS Lite series of operating systems, designed specifically for Windows users using old or low-powered hardware. This release is based on Lubuntu 11.10 and uses the LXDE desktop environment to provide one of the fastest and most feature-packed interfaces for low-specification machines. New features and refinements include a more lightweight version of the Software Center which makes it much easier to install applications in Zorin OS Lite and update programs. We also include our innovative Zorin Look Changer, Zorin Internet Browser Manager, Zorin OS Lite Extra Software and other programs from our earlier versions in Zorin OS 6 Lite."
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Runs in 128MB
LXDE is not as configurable as a window manager
The live CD is vary fast and includes Gparted to set up your HD. The installer is the usual Ubuntu one, and includes the option to encrypt /home (important on a laptop).
The software provided included Chromium, Pidgin, Postler (mail), Abiword, Dexter (contacts), Osmo (organiser), Audacious, and Gnome-mplayer. Apart from a warning from Postler, all ran from the CLI with no adverse comments by bash. Codecs and flash are installed and everything worked perfectly, even my "mp4 from hell". There were menu entries for installing video and wireless drivers and Ndiswrapper.
Unlike some LXDE distros, I could set hinting and subpixel smoothing, although keyboard shortcuts still had to be set by editing an undocumented file. The Look changer gives a choice of Windows 2000 (which just looks like LXDE to me) or Mac OS X.
For installing software there are three tools. "Extra software" just gives you a few items: gnumeric, mtpaint, wine, etc. Then there are Synaptic and the Ubuntu Software Centre. The former is more comprehensive (for example, it gives a wine metapackage as well as the separate components) and better at searching.
In the small distro stakes, this just has the edge on Vector Light and Lubuntu. It's generally a little more friendly than AntiX, unless you want to do a lot of configuration.