always rides with luggage
Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes: 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets
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See, people don't want to talk bikes on a Linux forum... but they do want to talk Linux on a cycling forum.
Depending on how old your machine is, I would vote for one of the Ubuntu derivatives (Lubuntu/Xubuntu), Puppy, or Linux Mint. You may want to stick with the previous Long-Term Support (LTS) release in the case of Ubuntu (and derivatives), which was 12.04, as it may be more compatible with your hardware.
Whether you want to get deeper or more complicated depends on what sort of IT guy you are. I have Debian on my netbook, Arch on a rather old Dell 12" XPS, and openSUSE on a first-gen Intel MacBook Pro. If you are not afraid of the command line, CrunchBang (based on Debian) is another good one.
I am sorry to hear about your job, perhaps you will rebound soon!
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: Xubuntu / Ubuntu MATE / Raspbian / Mac OS 10.6 / Android 4.4 / LineageOS 13