The best test of any system -- beyond suitability for intended purpose -- is its durability. Adaptability runs a close second, because longevity can and usually is a function of being able to roll with the punches. For reasons that are not particularly critical to this, for the last three years I’ve been in a situation where I had far less time to “tweak” and play with my computer(s); instead needing them to be fully functional and trouble free daily and long term. For that purpose, my weapon of choice was e16 over Fedora (x).
Speed, simplicity, dependability were all big parts of that. It isn’t heavy on resources, and it “just works”.
For the longer duration journeys, I lugged what is best described as a “desktop replacement”. An i7 HP 17.3 inch “laptop” is a laptop in name only. It’s not something you casually whip out of your briefcase in an accountant’s office, or in a negotiation meeting with a realtor. But to be honest, I found even a strong tablet to be unequal to the task as well. That means a small laptop, and that means you have to lighten up on the resources. And that neatly kicks KDE and Gnome 3 to the curb.
I only considered an inherited MacBook Pro for six or seven seconds. Nice they are, but heavy, too. So the Samsung ATIV series 9 got drafted. The problem there turned out to be the high resolution screen. At 3200 x 1800, on 13 inches of screen, things get a wee bit hard to read. The wrinkle there was the fact the only sane 16:9 entry in the xrandr available list was the native 3200 resolution.
Enter Duck-Duck-Go, and thence the Arch WIki. A while later, I’m the proud owner of a new 10-monitor.conf file, chugging along at 1920 x 1080, and life is visible again.
So it went. As the miles and time stacked on, e16 over F20 faithfully did what I asked them to do, and did so trouble free. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a had act to follow.
But you just know the story doesn't stop there, right? <..: