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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 a blue button for a free copy of Xubuntu:
Xubuntu 13.10 (the latest):
Xubuntu 12.04 LTS (the best):
Xubuntu 12.04 is better than Xubuntu 13.10, because 12.04 is an LTS version. However, this doesn't mean that Xubuntu 13.10 is bad!
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.
With expanded dock (click on the image to enlarge it):
With expanded click menu (click on the image to enlarge it):
With expanded right-click menu: a right-click on an empty space on the desktop, also provides access to the complete applications menu (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: 6 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 12.04 LTS (the best) here, and Xubuntu 13.10 (the latest) 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 Leafpad in 12.04, and Mousepad in 13.10. In the terminal without capital, so leafpad or 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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