2 days ago I downloaded Point Linux, which is a Debian based distribution featuring the MATE desktop. I gave it a try last night. It’s a live DVD of 1G around. Like most of the Debian based distros Point Linux is lightning fast. The live session started without issues. To my surprise it even installed my Broadcom Wireless adaptor. Something a bit rare with Debian based distros as they usually tend to keep things strict.
root@inote:/home/ish# lspci | grep Network 30:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g (rev 02)
I checked around for a while & decided to go for a full install of Point Linux. A nice & sleek Debian installer pops. Since my LAN cable was connected & Internet was on, it detected my country and time zone automatically. Partitioning wasn’t hectic. Overall installation took more or less 15 minutes; pretty decent for a modern Linux distro.
Upon rebooting I was greeted by a beautiful MATE desktop.
For the few hours I tested I didn’t encounter anything annoying. This is the kind of lightweight distribution I’d like to install on my mom’s notebook. Light, fast & easy to use!