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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Well, I was quite bored today... sooo, I decided to play around with Xubuntu, the Ubuntu counterpart that uses the Xfce (Xtremely Fine Computing Environment) as its desktop environment. Upon seeing the desktop, you may think that you have just started up a normal version of Ubuntu. Aside from the blue-ish theme, the default Xfce desktop for Xubuntu looks almost exactly like the gnome desktop of Ubuntu. Huh, I was expecting more. Anyway, I was happy to find out that support for RT2500-based wireless cards was present (as in Ubuntu). So, I quickly connected to the internet. Again, Firefox looks exactly like it did in Ubuntu. One feature I did like about Xubuntu was that all the applications were in ONE menu, labeled "Applications." Nothing exciting though. Performance increase was negligible, I thought that due to the lighter Xfce desktop, the LiveCD would perform better. Not really. I noticed a slight increase in performance when going through the application menu, and when activating my wireless internet connection.
So, overall, Xubuntu is Ubuntu with Xfce. I was really expecting a bit more of a difference, but it seems that I was wrong. Just a couple specs on Xubuntu (when running the LiveCD):

File Manager: thunar
Media Player: Xfmedia
Browser: Firefox
Office: Abiword and Gunmeric and Orage (calendar)
Graphics: Gimp and GQview
CD burning software: Xfburn
Most of the applications are GTK-based.

Yeah, so that is about it. You can get Xubuntu here.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, June 25, 2006


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