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Xubuntu 9.04 vs Debian 5.0.1 Xfce

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| Yes, it's Ubuntu release week and yes, we'll be looking at Ubuntu for our 
| feature article. Instead of a review of what everyone already knows, this 
| week I thought we'd take a look at how the newly released Xubuntu 9.04 
| compares to Debian Lenny with an Xfce desktop. Xfce is a desktop environment 
| built using the GTK+ graphical libraries, similar to GNOME. Unlike GNOME 
| however, its focus is on being lightweight. Creator Olivier Fourdan 
| writes: "Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for various *NIX systems. 
| Designed for productivity, it loads and executes applications fast, while 
| conserving system resources." Xubuntu is based on Ubuntu, but instead of 
| providing a GNOME desktop, they provide Xfce. They also include much of the 
| functionality that its larger parent offers. Debian, on the other hand, is 
| based on, well, itself and offers a multitude of desktop offerings, one of 
| which is Xfce. How do the two compare?            
| [...]
| Debian is certainly far from dead. The overall system feels much more stable 
| than the Xubuntu 9.04 I installed, but the Xubuntu system provided more 
| functionality for new users, like the ability to easily install proprietary 
| drivers. Debian was also faster and more lightweight than Xubuntu and, as a 
| result, ran much better on this older hardware. Compared to Debian, Xubuntu 
| was slow and sluggish, even to the point of being frustrating. Debian, on the 
| other hand, remained snappy and responsive. When it came to codecs, Debian 
| played everything out of the box, while Xubuntu resorted to using their 
| manager to install codecs as required. Debian is now superior to Xubuntu in 
| this area. The one thing Debian didn't have is the automated tool for 
| installing proprietary drivers. Everything is there at the command level, 
| just not in the user interface. Part of the reason Xubuntu takes longer to 
| load and uses more RAM is that it includes extra utilities, like the 
| proprietary driver manager. The other thing to keep in mind is that Xubuntu 
| 9.04 comes with a much newer kernel and includes numerous booting speed 
| improvements, while Debian does not.               



Xubuntu 9.0.4 ScreenShots Beta

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| My 2nd set of ScreenShots, this time it is Xubuntu 9.0.4 Beta based on the
| New Jaunty Jackalope Beta Release of Ubuntu 9.0.4. I absolutely love Xubuntu
| since it uses the very light and efficient Xfce 4.6. Granted usually I am
| praising the fancier Ubuntu based distros, but I do love the simpleness and
| the fast loading of Applications in Xubuntu. Xubuntu also comes with Abiword
| and Gnumeric, which is the equivalent of Microsoft Word and Microsoft
| Excel.The other Ubuntu based distro's have been coming with Open Office 2.4
| or Open Office 3.0


Xubuntu 8.10 + Xfce 4.6: Screenshots

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| If GNOME feels like it is too bulky and KDE is not the Linux desktop answer
| that you are looking for, then you should consider the Xubuntu distribution
| that ships with the Xfce desktop.
| Long overshadowed by its GNOME and KDE-based brethren, Xubuntu is a handy
| Ubuntu solution for older PCs or for users that want a lighter desktop
| footprint.


P3 Xubuntu

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| I've been running Xubuntu 8.1 on a 700 Mhz P3 COMPAQ
| ENPRO computer with 512 MB of RAM. This system
| originally had Windows 2000 on it and it ran fairly
| well if a little slow. I've tried Debian 4.0 on it
| and wasn't really impressed. With an earlier
| version of Ubuntu it was a little more lively.
| Xubuntu and a P3 is a good combination, especially
| with the xfce desktop. This system has a 20 GB HDD
| and a CDRW drive. The OS installation began as a
| Live CDROM install. In this system a DVD
| player/writer would not be a happy choice. I
| have used it for light-duty tasks that do not
| require much CPU cycle time.
| [...]
| The applications button and sub-menus of the
| xfce desktop is more intelligently laid out
| compared to the same in a Debian Gnome desktop.
| On this P3, Xubuntu is going to stay the
| OS of choice.


Xubuntu Hardy Heron is Ready for Takeoff


Xubuntu on Macbook Pro (Penryn)


Xubuntu 8.10 - Review

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| Very nice, very nice indeed. I am not sure (after looking at Top) whether
| this would truly run well on a 128Mb Ram system, but it certainly runs well
| on mine.
| The look is plain enough to be uncluttered, and slick enough to not be the
| Xfce default theme. Everything I have works out-of-the-box, and I am very
| impressed.


Xubuntu 8.10 released

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| The Xubuntu team is happy to bring you the latest and greatest software the
| open source community has to offer. This is their latest result: Xubuntu
| 8.10, which brings a host of excellent improvements built on the rock solid
| Xfce 4.4.2 desktop environment.


Xubuntu 8.04 [screenshots]


Xubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 Alpha 6 Review

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| Alpha 6 is the last alpha release of Xubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10. I wanted to
| give it a try on my Dell Inspiron 1150 notebook to see how far it had come
| along. My Dell has an Intel Celeron 2.4 Ghz processor, 1 Gig of RAM, and 80
| Gigabytes of hard disk space. The Ubuntu release schedule states the final
| release date for Intrepid Ibex is October 30th, 2008.



Review: Xubuntu 8.10 'Intrepid Ibex' Alpha 6

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| If you're planning on gaming on an older machine but have an affection for
| Ubuntu, then Xubuntu is an obvious choice. Games these days eat quite a lot
| of resources, and with LCD screens almost enforcing you to use native
| resolutions your older machine will be working overtime to pump out the
| pixels. From what I've seen, Xubuntu is stable even at this stage of
| development (just over a month to go to the final version) and I'd recommend
| it to anyone with an older machine who is wanting to access the new goodies
| in the Ibex repositories.


Linux Install 101, or How I Helped Build Refurbished Linux PCs for
Disadvantaged Schoolchildren at LinuxWorld 2008

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| I hooked up all the required keyboard, mouse, monitor, ethernet and power
| cables and fired it up, then popped in a special Linux boot CD and restarted
| it. The machine quickly booted to the CD, allowed me to begin an install of
| Xubuntu 8.04 — they use this version for PCs containing less than 512MB of
| RAM — and got underway. After clicking through a few simple screens, for
| things like installing the network drivers and choosing a hard drive on which
| to install the operating system, I was done in about 30 minutes. Also
| available for installation are several other OSes, including Ubuntu Linux
| 8.04 for better-equipped machines, Edubuntu 8.04 and its education-aimed
| special features, and Kubuntu 8.04 and its K Desktop Environment user
| interface.


A Quick Look at Xubuntu Xtreme

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| Unlike PC/OS and Linux Mint, Xubuntu Xtreme doesn’t make any attempt to call
| itself a new distribution. It’s just Xubuntu with stuff added. You can read
| more about what’s added here, but to summarize, you get multimedia codecs,
| Java, Flash, DVD playback, some extra themes, and a few extra programs
| already installed.


Xubuntu Hardy Heron is Ready for Takeoff

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| “So far, so good.” That is all I can say when I tested Xubuntu 8.04 RC last
| night on my Macbook Pro. I didn’t want to wait for tomorrow’s distribution
| release because I know the download will be slow during that time due to
| expected heavy traffic. Anyway, the Release Candidate version will almost be
| the same as the finished product, I think.


Xubuntu on Macbook Pro (Penryn)

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| I couldn’t stop the urge to install Linux on my new Macbook Pro. I know I
| said on one of my recent posts that I will have to wait for the release of
| Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” before I’ll take the plunge. However, I changed my
| mind and decided to install Xubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” instead.


Social inclusion with Xubuntu: A tale of free software changing lives

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| M6-IT, a Community Interest Community in the UK, are part way through a
| project to equip socially excluded families with computers running Xubuntu.
| [...]
| The project is funded from a local regeneration budget, and supported by a
| partnership of four local schools called Quadrant C. Working with them we
| have identified pupils moving into secondary school who don’t have access to
| a home computer. We invite the families to a training session. The next step
| is to provide Internet access and a home computer for the family.



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| This morning I installed eeeXubuntu on the solid state disk of the little
| Eee. It's pretty cool. The default Xandros in advanced mode was okay, but it
| was also a bit limiting. Honestly, I've not had the greatest experiences with
| Xandros, and was a little nervous about enabling repositories that weren't
| necessarily for Xandros... or at least the watered-down version of Xandros
| the Eee runs.


eeeXubuntu booting great from SDHC on Asus eeePC

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| I blew away XP on my eeePC and restored the original Xandros - great little
| OS in Easy Mode with iceWM. I also enabled advanced mode (a full KDE desktop)
| using pimpmyeee.sh (Google it - its a no-brainer quick way to enabled KDE).
| You can switch back and forth nice and easily.

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