Welcome to the Intrepid Ibex edition of Xubuntu, an open source distribution of Linux based on the Ubuntu Linux operating system and built around the traditional and fast Xfce desktop environment, which makes it very usable on low-end machines.
Supported platforms, availability, boot options
This Xubuntu release is supported on both 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) hardware platforms, available for download as Desktop CDs and Alternate CDs. It was supported by Canonical with security patches and software updates from October 30, 2008 until April 30, 2010.
The boot loader is identical with the one used on the previous Xubuntu release, allowing users to try the operating system without installing anything, run a system memory (RAM) test, boot an existing OS from the first disk drive, check the CD for defects, as well as to install the distribution without testing it (not recommended).
Same traditional desktop environment with new image viewer, IRC client and music player
While the desktop environment remains unchanged from the LTS release of Xubuntu, except for the new wallpaper, of course, it provides users with the same traditional, two-panel layout that was successfully used on thousands of hundreds of computers worldwide.
Once again, the default image viewer program has been replaced, this time with the GPicView software. In addition, a dedicate music player has been added, Listen audio player, there's an IRC client, XChat, and the Orca screen reader and magnifier have been introduced.
Among other preinstalled apps, we can mention Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Firefox, Pidgin, Transmission, Vinagre, AbiWord, Gnumeric, GIMP, XSane, Bulk Rename, Mousepad, Thunar, Catfish, Totem, Brasero, and Synaptic Package Manager.
In conclusion, we can report that Xubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) was a great operating system that follows on the steps of the previous release, Xubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron). It is no longer supported and remains available only for historical purposes.