Once I customize the look and feel Trisquel 8 becomes a very pretty and stable Desktop.
I’ve always preferred Unity desktop’s HUD and Lens over GNOME’s Activities. In all likelihood I’ll keep both desktop environments installed after Bionic Beaver is released later this week.
GNOME has a better workflow but I never liked the amount of vertical space wasted between the top bar and window below.
Unity’s Lens are largely useless, so perhaps I’ll drop both for a more traditional approach.
Lubuntu minimal with i3wm had been my primary desktop since December so its the strongest contender.
I may hop to other flavors like Budgie, XFCE or MATE.
Peppermint is another option although it won’t be based on 18.04 for a few months.
I merely installed i3 and some of my favorite settings from my previous i3 setup. The only thing to note is the additional RAM usage at about 1GB in here vs my previous Lubuntu minimal 16.04 setup. I presume much of the RAM is reserved for the additional functionality at the Kernel level vs Lubuntu which is far more lightweight.
However, this does appear crisper and just as snappy.