I used to recommend an Ubuntu derivative called Linux Lite. But he idea of putting extra software like Virtualbox service on the Live iso, that is not for the user, but for reviewers (and thereby to benefit the developer) strikes me as kinda putting yourself ahead of the users. Perhaps I have misjudged him, so to be fair I won’t be too critical of that decision other than to say I think it’s weird. But Linux Lite another one of those one-man show distros, and I’m friends with a former developer for the project. That too might be influencing my decision not to recommend Linux Lite anymore. Linux Lite (and LXLE, by the way) also comes with several PPA included by default, which cause no end of update issues. Some of these PPAs are for software that is already in the Ubuntu repositories anyway, just perhaps not the latest version. Again, why make unwitting Beta-testers out of Linux newbies?? Unforgivable. One of the first things I always did after a fresh installation of Linux Lite was to remove almost all of those extra PPAs! Xubuntu, on the other hand, is community-developed and doesn’t include a lot of “weird” stuff nor a whole lot of cruft. It’s a sweet, fast distro and I will always be a fan of Xubuntu.
Plus, for all it’s “newbie friendliness,” LinuxLite just isn’t all that “lite” anymore, which kinda concerns me. For a nice long run, Linux Lite defied the “axiom” that newbie-friendliness was a trade-off for speed. Removing the extra PPAs was probably part of the reason my experience was so good… But out of the box, so to speak, Lite isn’t so lite anymore. Xubuntu has been and probably always will be the distro I run back home to after straying off because:
- I got scared of systemd after reading someone’s panic-post about Robotic Overlords taking over Linux, or
- This other distro is new and shiny, or
- some Linux snob scolds me for using “a kiddie distro” (see here), or
- I got scared about systemd again because of the panicky stuff I read on some other web site
But I always end up back on Xubuntu, because it’s simple, it’s super-fast, perfect right-out-of-the-wrapper, already configured the way I like, and takes only a few minutes to install and/or upgrade. I’m a busy boy lately, and just don’t have time to hop a lot.