9.04 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A traditional, fast and lightweight Ubuntu based Linux distribution that uses Xfce

editor's review





Welcome to the Jaunty Jackalope edition of Xubuntu, an open source and freely distributed operating system that supports a wide range of low-end computers and uses the traditional Xfce desktop environment for a faster computing experience.

Supported platforms, boot options and availability

The Xubuntu 9.04 distribution is supported on both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (amd64) hardware platforms, working well on low-end computers with at least 512MB of RAM and a Pentium III CPU or better. It was supported by Canonical from April 23, 2009 until October 23, 2010.

It features the same boot loader that was found on previous Xubuntu releases, allowing the user to choose a language, try the operating system without installing anything, boot an existing OS from the first disk drive, start a memory diagnostic test, as well as to install the distribution without testing it (not recommended).

The same traditional desktop experience with top-notch apps

Once again, the Xubuntu operating system does not disappoint, as it features the same traditional desktop environment with a two-panel layout. A top panel will give you quick access to the main menu, from where you can launch applications, and a bottom panel helps you to interact better with running programs, as well as to easily switch between multiple virtual desktops.

Default applications include the Listen music player, Totem movie player, Brasero CD/DVD burning software, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Transmission torrent downloader, XChat IRC client, AbiWord word processor, GIMP image editor, Mousepad text editor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, and Synaptic Package Manager.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Xubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) is yet another great release of the Xfce-based Ubuntu operating system. It is fast, lightweight and provides users with a traditional desktop session, as well as some of the best open source apps.

Xubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 19th, 2014
Xubuntu - The default desktop environment of the Xubuntu 9.04 Linux operating system

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