I just swapped out Lubuntu for Debian "testing", AKA Wheezy (amd64 with LXDE desktop) on my Acer Aspire One netbook. Both systems feature the LXDE desktop. The Debian with LXDE runs a little faster and lighter than the Lubuntu did, which is what I was looking for. Plus, it feels nice! It feels GOOD! It's just so right! It runs like a frickin' dream!
I needed just a few tweaks to get Debian looking and running right on the netbook:
- I needed to enable the "non-free" repository to get some Broadcom firmware for the wifi.
- I like the GDM3 (display manager) better than the included XDM, so I swapped that.
- I also like the gnome-power-manager and the gnome-network-manager, so I put those in.
- On netbooks I like to install maximus and set it to autostart with the GUI. Maximus auto-maximizes and undecorates application windows, thus reclaiming desktop space.
- I set syndaemon to start with the desktop. This disables the touchpad as I type so I don't have to hold my thumbs up in the air to avoid that non-recessed touchpad bouncing the cursor all over the place.
LXDE is a simple, pretty, fast, and a very usable desktop. The main thing, it's NOT Unity. OMG, Unity, gag me with a spoon.
Screenshot below. Click to enlarge on flickr.