Okay I got the itch. I have been wanting to do this for a very long time. I had been using Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa on my Lenovo R60 laptop. It is a very good OS and I have been using it for a very long time, since its availability. I would still recommend it. It will be supported until 2019. And it is a very good stable OS that will just run. But on this laptop there has always been this slight sluggishness that I have overlooked. So this weekend I did a big backup of everything, wow 32g of stuff. The rest I deleted.
I went for something very minimalistic. Hoping for some speed and power out of this old laptop. Can that happen to something so, retro? Computers get old so quickly. If it is on the shelf for sale it has already been replaced.
So after downloading and burning a few Distros I think I have finally settled on “Bodhi Linux.” I have loaded and installed Bodhi Linux 5.0.0 Legacy, 32 bit. Bodhi Linux is a lightweight Ubuntu-based (18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver) distribution featuring Moksha, an Enlightenment-17-based desktop environment. The download installs a very simple, basic, light linux OS. There is really nothing here in the way of programs, only five pre-installed applications. You get Midori as the browser. I really like the simplicity of nothing but a starting point. The first thing you have to do is download the synaptic package manager. From there you really just build your own Distro. I loaded up Chromium for my browser, I don’t like Midori. Installed LibreOffice and GIMP. I will gradually add more programs as I think of them. The install configured everything but my aspect ratio on the screen. That was easily adjusted. The GUI has a nice clean fresh look. And it runs fast and smooth on this old clunker. I think this would be okay for linux noobes if they had a little instruction and some guidance. But I do not believe it is friendly enough for anyone that is a first time user. And this has just been released and has long term support. Loving this a lot. Already downloaded me some wallpaper. I am ready to go. Going to try this out for the next month.