Why minimalistic ?
The default Desktop Environment it's Openbox, that for people used to Gnome or KDE it's a big difference, you don't have Icons, fancy graphical effects (compiz anyone? ) or even a menu in one of the corners that show all your programs.
You get a clean, black and white desktop, on the right side you have the live statistics of your resources usage, and the list of commands you can use (example, super + l to lock screen).
I've been amazed by the low use of resource of this distribution, 50 MB after you login into your desktop, so you can use all of your resource for your applications. It's also perfect for old computers with just 256 MB of Ram.
Così si pensa, ok, ma probabilmente sarà riempito con piccoli programmi inutili,niente mi può davvero usare per il mio ufficio / lavoro o tempo libero.
There is already a good number of software that you can use to do your usual things, like Chromium as browser or Gimp as Image Editor or VLC for the multimedia; also, as stated, this distribution is based on Debian 6, so you can have Openoffice, Mozilla 4 or many others programs.
If you have enough of the big Desktop environment this one is for you.
In any case, the good thing is that each new update is released when available. This approach makes Gentoo a distribution always updated, this distribution don't has release cycle like Ubuntu and Fedora, but is called "rolling" it means that it's constantly updated.
Pinguy OS also helps reduce your carbon footprint because it runs Granola in the background. Granola is a free tool that helps reduce the power consumption of your computer without affecting its performance.
Bodhi Linux is a very minimal Ubuntu based Linux distro with Enlightenment(E17) as the default desktop(window manager). Standard ISO size is just around 350MB and the latest release is based on Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx". System requirements will tell you the whole story. Bodhi Linux requires just 1.5GB HD space, 300mhz i386 Processor and just 128MB of RAM! Thats how minimal things can get.
One of the first things you are going to notice while logging into Bodhi Linux is a prompt that will ask you to choose the theme and the applications you would like to have in your desktop as default.
Dock application at the bottom is called “Shelf” and like Docky or AWN, Shelf is quite easy to use and configure. Bodhi Linux has Nautilus as the default file browser and also has Synaptic Package Manager as a default option. Nautilus in Bodhi Linux is already powered by awesome Nautilus Elementary hack.
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