Need advice: what Linux distro will be best fit for my requirements, if it exists at all?
I'm looking for OS ready to use, with minimum fighting with it, for desktop use.
- Distro that comes with minimum preinstalled programs, I remove most of them, that will not uninstall desktop core files. But with possible installation of Firefox and GIMP. I'm not using office, multimedia, sounds, sharing.
- No multiple workplaces, Recent and Bookmarks in File Manager.
- Preferably one that remembers in what directory you were when you save as or export file from programs. Or this functionality is gone forever, in both Linux and Windows?
- Desktop without buttons in the middle, on the left, or in the center of the bottom (not Unity, Gnome or Elementary OS). More like Windows 7 or Mint 15 64-bit: with panel at the bottom, with launch pad to drag frequently used programs' shortcuts there, and Menu/Start button. Or only Mint 15 64-bit has it?
- It has to be configurable from Settings and such, not dependent of use of Terminal.
- Be secure, so no Linux from Scratch, not my level.
- Not neccessarily lightweight, hardware is 64-bit capable, not old.
I spent a lot of time downloading and trying Linux distros. Mint 64-bit was closest, but the quirks that are being constantly added (hiding the open applications I was working with and file manager "advanced" behaviour) interfere heavily with productivity, so I'm asking for an expert advice. Thank you.