migo, on 17 July 2012 - 09:50, said:
Nothing in particular. Poor use of screen real estate and poor font rendering are deal killers, along with hardware incompatibility, so given that I'll try anything that works. Although what I'd really like is a UI paradigm that doesn't follow Windows. Whenever Linux chases after Windows it's never as good, or at least not the current version. By the looks of it, KDE and LXDE are now better than Vista, but still don't match up to 7 (rather like OpenOffice is better than Office 2003 but still has problems stacking up to 2010). So if the UI ends up being something just totally different so there isn't even a comparison I'd like that.
I know where you're coming from. You can give Arch Linux a shot if you'd like *absolute* control over what goes in there and how it's set up. Else I can recommend Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome 2/3. It's pretty minimal (with Gnome, that is) screen estate usage wise, and you can install AWN to have a dock @ the bottom with your most used apps. The dock can be set to 'Intellihide' mode, which hides it whenever you're running any app fullscreen and pops up when you move your cursor to the bottom.
If you want, I'll link you up to the Gnome shell theme + GTK 3 I'musing so you can achieve the same clean and uncluttered aesthetic. That, and gnome-tweak-tool will get the job done for you with whichever custom fonts you settle for.
And finally, I agree with 08993, what you can achieve in one distro can be had on any other distro as well.