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An Ubuntu derivative that uses the LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) project

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Welcome to the Raring Ringtail edition of Lubuntu, an open source operating system derived from the trendy Ubuntu Linux distribution and built around the lightweight and traditional LXDE desktop environment.

Availability, boot options, supported architectures

This Lubuntu edition is still availble for download as Desktop and Alternate CDs, supporting all of the hardware platforms that were supported since the 12.04 release, such as 32-bit, 64-bit, 64-bit Mac and PowerPC. As usual, they can be burned onto CD discs or written to USB flash drives.

The boot loader of both Desktop and Alternate editions is again identical with the ones found on previous Lubuntu releases, allowing the user to use the operating system without installing anything, run memory tests, boot an exiting OS from the first disk drive, rescue a broken system, as well as to install the distribution using both graphical and text-mode installers.

Fast, clean and traditional graphical environment with powerful apps

The LXDE desktop environment used in Lubuntu 13.04 is fast and lightweight, providing users with a clean and traditional graphical session that comprises of a single taskbar from where they can quickly launch applications, interact with running programs, as well as to cycle between virtual workspaces.

Default applications include the Chromium web browser, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Sylpeed email client, Transmission torrent downloader, AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, Audacious audio player, GNOME MPlayer video player, and Leafpad text editor.

Additionally, the Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, Xpad note-taking app, GPicView image viewer, PCManFM file manager, LXTerminal terminal emulator, mtPaint graphic editor, Simple Scan image scanner, and guvcview webcam viewer programs are also included.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Lubuntu 13.04 is a great, stable, fast and productive operating system for low-end machines and computers with old hardware components. It was supported by Canonical from April 25, 2013 until January 27, 2014.

Lubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 16th, 2014
Lubuntu - The default desktop environment of the Lubuntu 13.04 operating system

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