I won't be of much help here, as I notice I seem to go against the tide in most all linux apps...
Just some ideas..
Browser: chromium or chrome
Office: bare miniumum for me (abiword alone)
Music: dont listen to music...
Editor: Gedit or Medit
video: vlc or smplayer
social media: dont do social media.
But glad to go with the 'crowd' on default apps (I tend to add/delete lots of stuff)
Stuff I do like in a distro
1.Some sort of dock
or ability to add apps to panel
(PLANK is light and simple)
2. I dont mind using cli, but bad memory. (Clicompanion
is always a must, and I feel overlooked).
http://www.webupd8.org/2010/09/cli-comp ... o-use.html
CLI Companion is a tool aimed at making the terminal easier to use: it's a GUI that displays a list of commands and an embedded terminal under it. The application comes with a list of commonly used commands by default, each having a short description and if you want to find out more about a certain command, simply right click it and select "Help". This will display the "man" (manual) for the selected command.
You can of course add your own commands to CLI Companion: simply click the "Add" button, then enter your command, an argument (optional) and a description.
3. Good custom actions to the file manager
( root access, open terminal here, et, et)
[from my Thunar]
5. Our control pane
l (gnome) is not bad, but Deepin (also based on gnome) has a real nice idea. It makes the distro distinctive, and apart from other gnome based distros. I know this would be a BIG jump, but wanted to mention it, as its so sweet.
The Deepin Control Centre is another headline feature. It puts system settings into a new desktop panel accessible from the right-hand side of the screen and features improved modules for configuring display, network and theme management.
Actually I liked the Deepin dekstop alot, but it was very buggy, and had mixed feelings about a Chinese distro (security)...