Welcome to the Saucy Salamander edition of Lubuntu, an open source project derived from the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution and designed from the ground up to be as low on resources as possible, deployable on low-end machines and computers with old hardware components. It uses the LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) as its default desktop environment.
Availability, boot options and supported platforms
This Lubuntu release was announced by Canonical on October 17, 2013 along with many other Ubuntu flavors. It is supported with security patches and software updates until July 2014. As usual, both Desktop and Alternate CDs are available on the dedicated download section (see above), supporting 32-bit, 64-bit, PPC (PowerPC) and 64-bit Mac hardware platforms.
The user will be able to try Lubuntu without installing, as well as to install the operating system on a local disk using an easy-to-use and straightforward graphical installer directly from the Desktop CD, and use the text-mode installer or rescue a broken OS using the Alternate CD edition.
Clean, easy-to-use and familiar graphical session with lightweight apps
The clean, easy-to-use and familiar graphical session is powered by LXDE, a lightweight desktop environment comprised of a single taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where the user can quickly open applications, switch between virtual workspaces, as well as to interact with running progams.
Default applications include the GNOME Mplayer video player, Audacious audio player, guvcview webcam viewer, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, Sylpheed email client, Chromium web browser, Transmission torrent downloader, Pidgin IM client, and Leafpad text editor.
All in all, Lubuntu 13.10 proves to be a reliable, stable and powerful operating system that turn old and semi-old computers into modern workstations. It will run well on machines with as little as 256MB of RAM.