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And then there's Xubuntu: Ubuntu with the Xfce desktop. An excellent distro! An official member of the Ubuntu family, so of assured quality.
Click on the blue button for a free copy of Xubuntu:
Xubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (32-bit, the default edition):
Xubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (64-bit):
Note: you have to burn the .iso file on a DVD in a special way.
Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr is not only the latest but also the best Xubuntu, because 14.04 is an LTS version.
Xubuntu is very easy to use and has an elegant, clean and functional look. No frills, which is one of the reasons why Xubuntu is very stable and reliable.
A click on the "mouse head" icon in the upper left corner of the screen, launches the menu (click on the image to enlarge it):
The settings have a separate button in the menu (in the screenshot below, the mouse pointer is on the settings button). Click on the image to enlarge it:
The settings window (click on the image to enlarge it):
Rapid access to all of your applications, and you're productive in no time at all. Another advantage is, that Xubuntu puts less strain on the system resources.
Processor: Pentium III, 800 Mhz
RAM memory: 512 MB
Video card: 32 MB
Hard disk space: 10 GB
With that, Xubuntu will perform pretty smoothly, provided that the swap inclination has been reduced.
Hardware too weak? Consider Lubuntu, which is the lightweight champion.
Xubuntu 14.04.1 LTS Trusty Tahr (the latest and the best) here.
Xubuntu is a fine looking and efficient distro, and an excellent alternative to "flag ship" Ubuntu. Under the hood, Xubuntu is the same as Ubuntu: the difference lies in a different user interface and in a somewhat different default set of applications.
The lower panel (the expandable dock) is essentially a normal panel like the one on top, only it has been made transparent and configured to appear only when the mouse pointer is in its area.
Yet there are important differences:
The file manager (file browser) is called Thunar. In the terminal without capital, so thunar. Good to know when you want to use a terminal command that contains nautilus (the file manager of Ubuntu).
Note: don't install Nautilus in Xubuntu! This will cause system conflicts.
The text editor (notepad) is called Mousepad. In the terminal without capital, so mousepad. Good to know when you want to use a terminal command that contains gedit (the text editor of Ubuntu).
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complete and tune your shiny new Xubuntu.
This is how you can do that.
how-to is here.
Click on the image to enlarge it:
Add it like this:
Right-click mouse on an empty space on the upper panel - Panel - Add New Items... - click Weather Update - click Add
Then: right-click mouse on No Data (in the far right of the panel) - Properties - Location: click Change... and type the name of your country - click Find - confirm one of the findings (pick the town nearest to your own). Alternatively, you might try a search on town name, but that is generally less successful.
Now remove an irritating animation:
(tab Scrollbox) - Labels to display: remove Wind direction and Wind speed.
Now move the weather report to the place on the panel which you like best. Right-click mouse on weather report - Move
Maybe add an extra separator: right-click mouse on panel - Panel - Add New Items... - click on Separator - click on Add
The extra separator is now on the far right, quite invisible. Move it by right-click mouse - Move.
A normal mouse-click (left button) on the weather report, produces a nice weather forecast for the coming five days. See the screenshot below (click on the image to enlarge it):
Menu button - Accessories - Terminal Emulator
With that command, you restart the window manager, and that fixes it.
a lot more of them on this website!
officially recognised derivative of main version Ubuntu.
That's why the regular Ubuntu forums are also available for your help requests concerning Xubuntu. It's convenient though, when you write in your help request that you are using Xubuntu.
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