Firefox was supposed to be NN risen from the ashes and stripped of crap nobody wanted.
Phoenix, Firebird, Firefox; I am still loyal but, FFS stop adding shit I don't want, carry on stripping out crap and make it an optional extra you can tickbox at install or add through a menu later.
Ironically, that stupid menu for people who should be using Chrome is bloat to me.
This already happens according to some Farcebook algorithm.
MANY users[who?] detest this and opt for "Most Recent" instead of "Top Stories". It's one of the reasons extensions such as FB Purity and Social Fixer exist.
Right now I do most of my Farcebook interactions through Tinfoil for Facebook. There's also a version for Twitter. Having "social" media in its own browser cut off from the rest of your system means you don't have to install "Messenger" to use chat and more importantly, it can't be written to by any pissant program that fancies using your normally logged in account.
I have a WD Black2 (120SSD/1GB spinning), 750GB spinning and an mSATA to boot from in my laptop. I had to take the optical out and put a caddy in to do it in this one, but my last one had the space for all that and the DVD.
In answer to your question, this universe. Desktop replacements with lots of storage.
As a fan of Gentoo and Arch I would still say that for your requirements you can rip out Unity, Lens (is that spyware still installed?) and a raft of other things you don't like/need then fill the gaps with things you do like whilst still keeping the base system that Canonical have made very easy for people who want to carry on learning.
As with all of these "I don't like the GUI" SlashAsks it comes down to which front end you like and trying them all won't hurt a bit. Once you find one that you like you're free to install it on every machine you use.
apt-get update && apt-get remove unity lens && apt-get install kde lxde xfce gnome2 screen ratpoison w3m The list goes on...
I was recently looking for Eneloops and read about the differing variants by the two corporations.
I went off Panasonic a few years back because they had the temerity to stop honouring warranties if you used non-OEM batteries in your camera instead of building rectifiers into the power system of the camera.