I am currently following a college (4 years to go) about Software Development. The following programs will be mainly used on my laptop:
Microsoft Office/Open Office;
Java development (Eclipse software);
However, I am looking for a distro that is not to heavy. I don't need fancy desktop environment tools, as long as the desktop is clean and modern enough to use modern applications (for example; Skype).
My laptop specifications:
Intel core i5 processor
ATI Radeon 7730M, 2GB
I tried Fendora, but GNOME 3 is not my cup of tea. Perhaps you can tweak the environment to make it more clean and faster.
Thanks in advance.