A Delightful Surprise: Lubuntu Extra Life Extension (LXLE) 12.04.3
Delight. It's that feeling you get when you stumble upon something new that you had no idea existed.
You may know that I've got a penchant for lean minimalist Distributions and using an Acer Aspire One Netbook with 2 GB ram can be demanding. So, naturally, I want to ring all the power I can get out of a given Distro, whatever that may be. I try not to Distro-hop, but in the recent past have moved from Netrunner 13.04 Enigma, the best out of the box KDE experience, to Lubuntu 13.04, a lean, but good performance value proposition for older PCs and Netbooks.
In my view, Lubuntu really has the best mix of features for older PCs and Atom-based Netbooks of any Distro I can think of.
While spartan Lubuntu may be, it is by no means a slouch in terms of performance characteristics, as you'll find it uses OpenBox window manager combined with LXDE. I've found it most appealing that Lubuntu covers all the basics with little fanfare and doesn't get 'in your way'. It meets the 'good enough' benchmark, get's the job done, and, most of all, 'sips memory' qualifying it as fast and nimble.