Hello there. Skip to "advice request" to avoid storytelling. Although I am new to linux, having been using it for half a year only, I have already tried out many famous, infamous, barely known and even dead distributions. But not for long. I played with minimal installs and interesting, powerful "lightweight" desktop environments like E17. I sorted out annoying wireless driver issues through git (helped by actual expert fixes) before the official solutions were released on newer kernels. Installed user friendly linux variants for people who never even considered using such OS. Custom resolutions, refresh rates and aspect ratios were set on stubborn machines only after serious driver tweaking. I learned how to compile about anything from source. Although all those achievements are quite minor, I am familiar with the basics and a bit more, as it seems, so I am considering moving on to a linux OS able to provide my laptop with the best possible performance, featuring low ram consumption when idle after boot (as of now, 160MB), applications loading faster, snappier rendering for web browsers etc. The basis of my current system: a minimal install of ubuntu along with lubuntu-core, some xfce applications (like xfce4-appfinder), and a proprietary ATI driver compiled from their website latest release, which always works better for me than the ones available on the repositories, although they were supposed to be the same. Most of my current complaints consist in video issues (no backlight control after sleep and desktop freezing when hdmi is disconnected), but I can live with that, since a lot improved after I started using ATI official releases (backlight control, for instance, wouldn't work under fglrx from repos). Right now, my only wish is for the best performance. Advice request: First, some hardware specifications: A8-4500M APU with built in Radeon HD 7640G, 1333Mhz 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 1366x768 led display, Atheros AR9462 wi-fi/bluetooth. Which distribution would perform better than ubuntu lxde variants on such laptop? I mainly use it to watch high definition videos, surf the web and play games, so everything loading up and rendering faster is my aim. I heard fedora (with its "custom kernel" by red hat), arch, crunchbang and gentoo are fine alternatives, but I would like to know from more experienced users which could do the - fastest - job, and by that I mean people who have tried different distributions for long periods. Anything from debian to slackware is welcome, just tell me your long term impressions. Difficulty level is not a problem. I would like to avoid testing everything, that's why I submited this thread, please respect that. Experience is valued over synthetic benchmarks, but no link will be suggested in vain. Thanks for taking such a long read.