I'm looking for a new Linux distro. Been using Ubuntu for a long time, and I love the GNOME environment so much. But it's a bit too taxing on my system.
The thing I love the most is the Activities overview, where you see all open windows and can start typing to open a new application.
So, are there any other DEs that have this feature and also look good? Or any lighter distros with GNOME and deb? #linuxnoob
I'm happy people want to.spend their time helping me, but it seems I was unclear about what kind of information I want.
First and formost I want to know not what DEs exists or which DEs are lightweight in general, but if any other DEs have something similar to the Activities view, where you see all open windows and can open new ones by typing.
Just in case that doesn't work out I want to know if other distros with GNOME and deb are more lightweight.
Thank you again, I really appreciate help!
@forteller Resource usage won't _really_ be dictated by the distro - GNOME needs the resources it needs, so anything that runs GNOME will use about the same [*]
I'd recommend trying different DEs - I like KDE Plasma, though it uses a different concept.
[*] (background services excepted, but those are a rounding error. And settings, but you can also change those elsewhere. And the version, but I don't think there's been huge performance improvements in GNOME recently?)
@forteller As faho said, you're looking more at DEs rather than distros here.
I feel like most DEs have something similar to the 'activities' functionality nowadays. KDE has several choices for the 'start menu' and one of them (the 'Application Launcher') lets you click it and start typing to search for apps (also files, websites, etc).
Personally I'm a big fan of KDE because it's very customizable and more traditional in concept than GNOME, but I think it's about the same in terms of performance.
There are a bunch of lighter desktop environments. XFCE and LXDE are among these, I haven't used them a lot.
The nice thing is that there are Ubuntu flavors for most of these. Kubuntu for KDE, Xubuntu for XFCE, Lubuntu voor LXDE... You get the concept.
You can usually still use GNOME apps on these distros, of course! They just won't integrate quite as well, and some of them (notably KDE) have their whole own set of well-integrated apps.
Of course, you could always go balls to the wall and make your own DE with packages like openbox or tiling window managers, but I think thats not your jam :p
@forteller Whoops, somehow a dutch word snuck into this post.
Lubuntu would be an obvious one., but IDK how it is wih the activities front
I also know that in the repo you can get some super lightweight desktop environments that you can switch to while logging in
There is also
- Ubuntu mate
@forteller Check out Debian if you like Ubuntu and want a little more performance. Don't believe the FUD about it being out of date--just run the **testing** distro.
@forteller Turning off all animations in GNOME might be your best solution, it makes everything feel much snappier.
@forteller yeah, maybe look for something with lxde or xfce desktop environment.
If you want to get out of your comfort zone then BunsenLabs is worth a look. What I always used on underpowered machines.