10.10 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
3.6/5 10
A Xfce-powered Ubuntu flavor suitable for low-end machines and old or semi-old computers

editor's review




Welcome to the Maverick Meerkat edition of Xubuntu, a free and open source distribution of Linux based on the world's most popular free operating system and designed from the ground up to support a wider range of computers than the main Ubuntu edition, using Xfce as its default desktop environment.

Availability, boot options, supported architectures

The distribution is available for download as either Desktop CDs or Alternate CDs, supporting both 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) instruction set architectures. It was supported by Canonical with security patches and software updated from October 10, 2010 until April 10, 2012.

The boot loader is again unchanged, allowing users to try the operating system without installing it, boot an existing OS from the first disk drive, run a memory diagnostic test, check the disc for defects (only if using a CD media), and install the distribution without testing it, which is something that we don't recommend.

Not so darkish desktop environment, yet using the same traditional layout and top-notch apps

On the description of Xubuntu 10.04 LTS we have admitted that we were afraid that Canonical will drop the darkish theme for the Xfce desktop environment. Well, Xubuntu 10.10 still uses dark panels, but the main menu is white again and a bluish tint is now used for the title bar of most applications.

The software collection has also been altered, as Totem video player has been replaced by Parole media player, and Xfburn took the place of the Brasero CD/DVD burning software. Among other preinstalled apps, we can mention Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Exaile, GIMP, Pidgin, Transmission, Gnumeric, Synaptic Package Manager, and AbiWord.

Bottom line

In conclusion, we're happy to report that Xubuntu 10.10 was another great operating system suitable for low-end machines and computers with old and semi-old hardware components. It is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated. a

Xubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 19th, 2014
Xubuntu - The default desktop environment of the Xubuntu 10.10 Linux operating system

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