10.04.2 LTS GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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The second LTS release of the Xubuntu Linux operating system, based on Ubuntu and using Xfce

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Welcome to the Lucid Lynx edition of the Xubuntu Linux operating system, an official Ubuntu flavor that uses the Xfce desktop environment and supports low-end computers with at least 512MB or RAM and a Pentium III or equivalent processor.

Supported architectures, availability, boot options

First of all, we should mention that Xubuntu 10.04 is the second LTS (Long Term Support) release, supported by Canonical with security patches and software updates from April 29, 2010 until July 21, 2011. Only two maintenance releases were made for Xubuntu, as opposed to the four maintenance versions for Ubuntu.

As usual, it can be downloaded as Desktop or Alternate CD ISO images, supporting both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms. From the boot menu, the user can try Xubuntu without installing, test the computer's memory for errors, boot an existing OS from the first disk, check the disc for defects (only if using a CD media), and install the distro without testing it (not recommended).

The same darkish Xfce desktop with top-notch apps

To be honest, we were afraid that the darkish Xfce desktop that was implemented in Xubuntu 9.10 was just a thing of the moment, but it is still available in this release, providing users with the same two-panel layout for a traditional desktop experience.

Xubuntu 10.04 follows on the steps of the previous release, which means that no changes were applied to the software collection. Among some of the most important ones, we can mention the Exaile music player, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email client, Totem movie player, and Synaptic Package Manger.

Bottom line

Summing up, Xubuntu 10.04 was a yet another successful release of this Xfce-powered Ubuntu flavor suitable for low-end machines. The distribution is available for download for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated by Canonical.

Xubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 19th, 2014
Xubuntu - The default desktop environment of the Xubuntu 10.04.2 LTS operating system

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