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Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr has been released!

A star of the Ubuntu family: Xubuntu!

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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 LTS (32-bit, the default edition):

Xubuntu 14.04 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.

Screenshots

1. Below you see three screenshots of Xubuntu 14.04. Not quite the default view: the main difference in appearance is another one of the default set of wallpapers, which can of course be changed easily.

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):


Easy and simple

2. As far as I'm concerned, Xubuntu is the absolute winner of the Ubuntu family, because of the clean and easy desktop. Especially former Windows users will be able to adjust to Xubuntu very quickly.

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.

Minimal system requirements

3. The minimal system requirements are, if you want a reasonably acceptable performance:

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.

Get Xubuntu

4. You can get Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr (the latest and the best) here.

Complete and full-fledged alternative

5. Xubuntu has less eye-candy than Ubuntu, because it lacks 3D visual effects. But as a 2D desktop is usually more stable than 3D, may consider this to be an advantage.

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.

Important differences from main version Ubuntu

6. Xubuntu is largely the same as main version Ubuntu (Gnome/Unity), because the Xfce desktop that Xubuntu uses, is closely related to Gnome. Most how-to's on this website, can therefore be applied in Xubuntu as well.

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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TIPS FOR XUBUNTU


Do this first: what to do right after a fresh install of Xubuntu

7.1. I've listed the things that you want to do right after installation, in order to complete and tune your shiny new Xubuntu.

Upper panel: adding shortcuts

7.2. It might be convenient to add some application shortcuts to the upper panel. For Firefox and for the terminal, for example. This is how you can do that.

Safeguard the panels (kiosk mode)

7.3. It may come in handy to safeguard the panels of Xubuntu against a clumsy user, who may otherwise remove them by accident. The how-to is here.

Add a weather report to the upper panel

7.4. Always nice: a weather report in the upper panel.

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

Click Close.

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.

Click close.

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):


Fix a display error

7.5. A well-known error in former editions of Xubuntu was, that now and then the window borders disappeared. This problem has probably been fixed. But in order to be prepared: this is how you fix it when it happens:

Menu button - Accessories - Terminal Emulator

Type (copy/paste):
xfwm4 --replace

Press Enter.

With that command, you restart the window manager, and that fixes it.

Want more?

8. Do you want more tips and tweaks for (X)ubuntu? There's a lot more of them on this website!

Find help on the Ubuntu forums

9. Xubuntu is an 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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