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An Ubuntu derivative that uses LXDE as its default desktop environment, suitable for low-end machines

editor's review




Welcome to the Oneiric Ocelot edition of Lubuntu, a free and open source distribution of Linux derived from the Ubuntu operating system and built around the lightweight and traditional LXDE desktop environment.

Availability, boot options and supported platforms

It appears that things have changed a bit in the Lubuntu world, as the project is now offered for download as both Desktop Live CDs and Alternate ISO images. Both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures are supported at this time.

While the Desktop CDs are designed for people who want to try the operating system without installing anything on their computers, as well as to install the distribution using the graphical installer, the Alternate CDs are targeted at computers where the graphical cards are not recognized by the Desktop CDs.

Still using a traditional and lightweight desktop environment

Not much has changed since the Natty Narwhal edition of Lubuntu, as it still uses the same traditional and lightweight desktop environment that comprises of a single panel located on the bottom edge of the screen, which lets users to quickly access applications and interact with opened programs.

Default applications include the GPicView image viewer, Simple Scan image scanner, Chromium web browser, Sylpheed email client, Transmission BitTorrent client, Pidgin IM client, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, AbiWord word processor, Xfburn CD/DVD bunrning software, and Synaptic Package Manager.

In addition, it comes with the Lubuntu Software Center, Xpad note-taking app, Leafpad text editor, File-Roller archive manager, Catfish file search utility, Osmo calendar, guvcview webcam viewer, and Disks disk utility.

Bottom line

Al in all, we can report that Lubuntu 11.10 yet a great distribution of Linux that uses LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) and it is suitable for installation on low-end systems or computers with old hardware components. This release was supported by Canonical between October 13, 2011 and May 9, 2013.

Lubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 16th, 2014
Lubuntu - The default desktop environment of the Lubuntu 11.10 operating system

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