Suffice to say, I have Salix 14.2 Xfce installed in a mediocre laptop, and I use it for developing my own applications, and running virtual machines. Such a mediocre laptop can run, e.g., Window$ 7 or freeBSD in VirtualBox while I have several applications running in Salix itself (I do it quite often and never had issues). You don't need a monster PC for the tasks you want to do.AlYuSed wrote:So, I need a reliable, comfortable and a thin layer to do their business. Nothing special: surfing the Internet, movies, music, programming, virtual machine.
Unless your hardware is really very old, you don't need something lighter than Xfce either. For example, a few experiments I did show that StumpWM (a lightweight tiling window manager, the successor of Ratpoison) is about 9% lighter than Xfce in terms of memory footprint
In the end, if you really need Openbox, just install Salix 14.2 Xfce, then install Openbox; it won't take long.
Another option is Slackel, which comes with an Openbox flavor (It is a rolling distro)..I run Slackel Openbox on an old netbook, and it runs surprisingly well. My "main" computer also has both Salix Xfce and Slackel Openbox installed. I believe they will both suit your needs very well.