After the massively disappointing Ubuntu experience Lubuntu was a delight.
Looks like this at bootup (all these are clickable thumbnails):
The menu starts from a Start-like button and is easy to understand/use:
My usual shot of the default browser pointed at CNN:
Didn’t come with LibreOffice or OpenOffice by default 😦 so cranked up the usual Synaptic package manager, searched for LibreOffice and installed it:
Suitability for folks migrating from XP:
Install: 9. Uses the default Ubuntu installer but I experienced no weirdness or jargon.
Grandma test: 9. Excellent. Very familiar and easy to use for common activities.
Default applications: 7.5. Recent version of Firefox with the flash plugin, but no LibreOffice. It’s easy to install but it seems like a core desktop suite to me.
Speed: 9. Snappy. There are faster distros but they are generally not friendly to new users.
Updates: 8.5. It’s Ubuntu under the hood, so the updates are regular.
Popularity: 8.6. #14 in the DistroWatch popularity ranking. Luckily, most any problem you might encounter will be shared with Ubuntu with its huge installed base.
51/6 = 86%.