Welcome to the Utopic Unicorn edition of the Lubuntu Linux operating system, an official Ubuntu derivative that is built around the low on resources LXDE desktop environment. It is designed from the ground up to turn old and semi-old computers into powerful and reliable workstations.
Availability, boot options and supported platforms
The Utopic Lubuntu edition is available for download as multiple Live CD and Live DVD ISO images, supporting the 64-bit (amd64), 32-bit (i386), 64-bit Mac (amd64 Macintosh systems) and PowerPC (Mac) or POWER5 (IBM-PPC) hardware platforms.
When booting from the bootable medium, the distribution will automatically display the language selector (over 70 languages are supported at this time) with a 30 seconds timeout. Pressing enter on a selected language will allow you to access the boot prompt.
From the boot menu, it's possible to try Lubuntu without installing anything on your computer, run a memory diagnostic test, start an existing operating system installed on the first disk drive, check the boot medium for defects (only if using a CD or DVD media), and install the OS without testing it (not recommended).
Minimal desktop environment for low-end machines
The LXDE desktop environment installed in Lubuntu provides users with a minimal, clean and traditional graphical session. It is comprised of a single taskbar located at the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can access the main menu, launch applications, interact with running programs, and switch between the two virtual workspaces.
Default applications include the PCManFM file manager, Leafpad text editor, LXTerminal terminal emulator, mtPaint graphic editor, Pidgin multi-protocol IM client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Sylpheed email client, as well as Transmission torrent downloader.
Additionally, it comes with the AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, Audacious audio player, GNOME MPlayer video editor, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, GPicView image viewer, guvcview webcam viewer, and Synaptic Package Manager for installing extra applications.
Lubuntu is a great Linux distribution that provides users with a lightweight, stable, reliable and responsive operating system for low-end machines and computers with old hardware components. Please keep in mind that this is an early development version of the upcoming Lubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) operating system. Therefore, we don't recommend to install it on production machines.