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randumnumber
February 1st, 2010, 06:03 AM
Hello, I have been using ubuntu since 8.10 and am fairly confident with linux. I am looking for something new, not totally new just something more customizable and lighter running. I use an older Toshiba laptop and have no issues finding drivers.

So my questions for all you good people. What would you suggest i switch to?

I want light, fast boot, gui, bare bones. I have been considering compiling my own kernal so that is an option too.

Thanks for any input.

HappyFeet
February 1st, 2010, 06:48 AM
Try the ubuntu mini iso (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD) and build it up the way you want.

nhasian
February 1st, 2010, 07:12 AM
It sounds like your looking for Arch Linux (http://www.archlinux.org/).


I am looking for something new, not totally new just something more customizable and lighter running.

warfacegod
February 1st, 2010, 02:20 PM
I don't know about customizable but Xubuntu is lighter.

Psumi
February 1st, 2010, 02:22 PM
Try the ubuntu mini iso (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD) and build it up the way you want.

+1 on that. I use the mini.iso, because I must. My IBM T41 isn't getting any younger!

randumnumber
February 2nd, 2010, 06:01 AM
Does anyone have any experience with crunch bang?

snowpine
February 2nd, 2010, 02:43 PM
Does anyone have any experience with crunch bang?

Yes. Fantastic distro that meets all your criteria (light, fast boot, gui, bare bones).

The only possible negative is that it's based on Ubuntu, so it might not satisfy your urge to try something new. Arch Linux would fit that description. :)

samantha_
February 2nd, 2010, 03:05 PM
gentoo ;)
you get to compile everything yourself :D

nothingspecial
February 2nd, 2010, 03:54 PM
Yes. Fantastic distro that meets all your criteria (light, fast boot, gui, bare bones).


I wouldn`t say crunchbang is bare bones, it has a default app for most things ubuntu does and plenty of services up and running, bluetooth etc.

It`s just that every app is lightweight.

It is a fantastic distro though.

I`d go for the minimal install and build up.