Xubuntu 12.10 Review
Xubuntu is the lighter weight brother of the ever popular Ubuntu family of Linux distributions. At the forefront, XFCE is the desktop environment of choice and it removes all the bells and whistles that we currently see in the star of the show, Ubuntu. It’s not just focused on older systems but those who want a great looking desktop and don’t need the extras.
XFCE 4.10 is the forefront of this distribution and it uses less CPU and memory compared to its bigger siblings Ubuntu and KUbuntu as XFCE is focused on using less resources. What also makes XFCE also popular is the fact we don’t see drastic changes from one version to another which we see from Gnome or KDE.
Installation procedure has not changed but for those who never installed an Ubuntu derived distribution, the install steps were pretty much straight forward with you selecting how to install as to use existing space or completely wipe out your Windows install and go full blown Xubuntu on your PC. Install times will vary depending on your system configuration.
Once installation was done, we were greeted with a much improved desktop that looks a lot more crisp and professional compared to its previous version in 12.04 LTS. The wallpaper is clean and simple and even the icons are much improved.
Software applications are just right and you can easily work right out of the box. Some might want to add other applications and this is where Ubuntu Software Centre comes in play. It is the easiest way for one to install any application, but be forewarned that not every application is free. You can search their catalog of software by either typing in the name of the application or by browsing through the categories of applications that are made available to you.
Some of the default applications that come as part of Xubuntu are Firefox and Thunderbird for your web browser and email application respectively, Pidgin your IM client, AbiWord for your word processor and gmusicbrowser for playing your audio files.
I must say Xubuntu will always have a special place in my list of favorite Linux distributions. It keeps things nice and simple and I find it is the go to distribution you should go to if you don’t like Unity or KDE. Not everyone is fond of Unity and KDE is becoming a resource hog and seems a bit dated.
The kernel has been updated to 3.5 as well as GRUB has been updated so you can dual boot between Windows 8 and Xubuntu due to Secureboot being implemented.
Overall, the incremental improvements helped this distribution and the improved artwork that the distribution helps it visually. The desktop is stunning and the performance of Xubuntu is great and you don’t give up much in terms of functionality compared to Ubuntu or Kubuntu.