one is an antiquated XP machine (graphics card issue), and a netbook that suffered from inadequate hardware.
With these 2, and any other computer, the Xfce version of Mint works fine.
Right along with Mint Xfce for hardware challenged machines, there is Xubuntu. I *was* using Lubuntu, but I think it suffered from kernel updates and very possibly my lack of understanding of "apt-get". See my distro installation instructions for more details. Please keep in mind, Xfce and Xubuntu work great on newer machines too.
In pursuit of video editting and production, I discovered Ubuntu Studio and ArtistX. Ubuntu Studio has a good set of software and the desktop environment is familiar and friendly. Unfortunately ArtistX is not using the most recent kernel. Why? I don't know. And, it is really too bad because it has a VERY extensive pile of programs for video, pictures, audio... I think they have them all.
I gave LXLE another solid try. It seems to be suffering slightly like Lubuntu; I don't know why or I would fix it. There is something with the updates, whether to software or the kernel itself that is suffering slightly.
Kali... I don't know what to say. I guess if you are an aspiring hacker or you do penetration testing for a living, you probably would like it. As much as I'd like to be, I'm not a hacker. The tools and software packaged in Kali are indeed cool, but I have no need of it.
Ultimate Edition started off cool; it has EVERYTHING. But, it acts like it ate everything too- it's bloated. In the updates, whether kernel or software, something went wrong. It crashed and I couldn't get it to recover. I checked, and I WAS running the most recent version, so I don't know what happened.
I have not yet completely discarded Windows. Some of the software I use has to be run in Windows. The software that should be a suitable replacement in Linux either doesn't work, doesn't have a good instruction set, or a combination of the 2. There is Wine and "emulators", but my lack of success with those leaves me to running "dual boot" set ups. That's not a problem as I see it, at least for my purposes, but I would eventually like to stop using big corporation money makers like Windows and anything of the Apple/Mac atrocities. The day will come; I have faith.
During the installation of ANY and ALL distros,
do NOT have the computer connected to the internet,
or elect to have it NOT install updates during the installation process.
Instead, install the Linux distribution.
Restart per the instructions offered.
NOW, connect to the internet.
In the "terminal" type
sudo apt-get update
sudo do-release-upgradeThere may be a restart involved.
Next, find the "software updater" and run it.
Xubuntu does not have Flash and Java installed already like Mint. Find "Ubuntu Software Center" and search for "restricted extras". Install...
Also search for "OpenJDK Java 7 Runtime" and install
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
sudo apt-get install icedtea-plugin
sudo update-alternatives --config java
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install grub-customizer
Repair, Adapt, Remove Grub
This is necessary for fixing GRUB after removing a distro. You can also use it re-establish GRUB for a particlular distro so it has the priority so Grub Customizer will function correctly
So, in summary,
Mint Cinnamon is great,
Mint Xfce if the hardware is severely lacking,
Xubuntu is rapidly becoming a favorite for all occasions,
Ubuntu Studio looks promising,
and I wish they would update ArtistX so I could give it a thorough test.