6.10 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A fast Ubuntu Linux desktop experience with the lightweight Xfce desktop environment

editor's review



Welcome to the Edgy Eft edition of Xubuntu, an open source and community driven operating system based on the world's most popular free distribution of Linux, Ubuntu, and built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment.

Availability, supported architectures and boot options

Xubuntu 6.10 has been officially announced on October 26, 2006 along with other Ubuntu flavors that were available at that point in time. It was supported with security patches and software updates until April 26, 2008.

It can be downloaded as Desktop CDs and Alternate CDs, which have been engineered to support the 32-bit, 64-bit and PowerPC hardware platforms. These ISO images can be written to CD discs or USB flash drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of the PC.

The boot menu is pretty much identical in functionality with the one of the Ubuntu Desktop edition, allowing the user to start or install the operating system, boot an existing OS, run a system memory test, as well as to check the bootable medium for defects or start the live session in safe graphics mode.

Traditional, clean and fast desktop with top-notch apps

The Xfce desktop environment used in Xubuntu 6.10 has been tweaked to look and act just like the GNOME 2 desktop of the Ubuntu operating system, using the same two-panel layout, but much faster.

Default applications include the GIMP image editor, GQview image viewer, Xfburn CD/DVD burning utility, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, gxine video player, Gaim IM client, AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, and Synaptic Package Manager.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Xubuntu 6.10 is a fast and lightweight Linux operating system suitable for low-end computers. It offers a clean and traditional desktop environment powered by Xfce. Unfortunately, it is a very old OS that should be used only for historical purposes!

Xubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 17th, 2014
Xubuntu - The desktop environment of the Xubuntu 6.10 Linux operating system

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