An actual Linux question?

Lonnie Olson lists at
Tue Mar 26 11:46:04 MDT 2013

Another option that is Ubuntu like, but not Unity, is Linux Mint.
They offer a forked version of Gnome2 by default IIRC.

Personally, after using these new fangled desktops for a while (Gnome,
Unity), I found that I prefer them.  It was a big change, but a good
one.  After the learning curve, it seems much more efficient.  I
switch back and forth between Unity and Gnome regularly because I like
aspects of both, but generally Unity wins due to the global menu bar.
More usable vertical resolution FTW!

On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM, Lonnie Olson <lists at> wrote:
> Ubuntu Gnome.  You get Ubuntu + Gnome, and no Unity.
> On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 5:17 PM, S. Dale Morrey <sdalemorrey at> wrote:
>> Hey Everyone,
>> I need to dual boot a fairly recent HP laptop into some flavor of
>> linux and I need it to have X (because I like GUIs)
>> I like Ubuntu but I hate unity and frankly battery life is a real
>> concern on this laptop.
>> Is there a lightweight distro with really good power management out of the box?
>> Perhaps a distro designed specifically for laptops?
>> Thanks!
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