xubuntu 15.10 come on raid0 and encryption make me re-think ubuntu-base responsive.
I have few small ssds around and I need a bigger storage on the boot drive that why I pick raid0 to combine for storage, I am no really looking for speed on this set-up. about the encryption is for security reason in-case of lost or stolen computer make me not worry for un-authorize access data. so we start like this:
In case if you just want on a single disk you can get xubuntu iso from http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/#regularand install.
now, you want raid0, get the iso on from ubuntu server 15.10 at http://releases.ubuntu.com/15.10/ubuntu-15.10-server-amd64.iso.torrentand make iso boot-able to install server first.
on the server install first drive, partition a /boot for 500MB as ext4, the rest of drive for a partition for hardware raid. the second drive and third drive is 1 partition for hardware raid.
configure those raid as raid0 or whatever level you like, then make its to encryption ( chose a 20 to 30 characters pharepass for high security)
configure that encryption to LVM then make 1 group that could contain root, swap, and home. then format and mount its according to its set-up.
now install as regular server, may chose its as ssh server, create user... done, reboot
then to add xubuntu GUI to its.
sudo apt-get update
sudo systemctl enable ufw ( for firewall auto start)
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop ( it may take a-while for 500MB download and extract plus install)
done and reboot, login and install following as optional
sudo apt-get install vlc sshguard fail2ban
sudo systemctl disable sshd ( to stop ssh to your server)
turn out I can't disable sshd so I remove it it instead
sudo apt-get purge openssh-server
you may want to install compton to reduce screen-tearing.
sudo apt-get install comtpon ( use it with file I attach)
Xubuntu 15.10 have a great performment, fast cut and paste file to samba as 50 MB/s.
have fun and enjoy.
Edit: somehow the compton setting, it is best with radeon graphics card, mine is radeon 7950 and 8750, its provide no tearing at all. On the nvidia GTX-660ti, still has tearing and cpu process goes much higher on the same application.
I tried this one version xfce on virtualbox, it is a great os, found what I am looking for, it include VLC on it,
Give it a try at http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=solydxk
It is responsive and play media out of the box and carry a theme look great.
It is work for single monitor, I don't know how to configure dual monitor because it is running with xfce 4.10.