Welcome to the Oneiric Ocelot edition of Xubuntu, an open source distribution of Linux derived from the world's most popualr free operating system, Ubuntu, and built around the lightweight and modern Xfce desktop environment. It is specifically engineered to be deployed on low-end machines and computers with old hardware components.
Availability, supported architectures, boot options
While the distribution was officially announced by Canonical on October 13, 2011 and supported with software updates and security patches until May 9, 2013, it can be downloaded as Desktop CDs and Alternate CDs for both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms.
The Desktop CDs' boot options are unchanged from previous releases, allowing the user to try the operating system without installing, run a memory diagnostic test, boot an existing OS from the first disk drive, check the disc for defects (only if using a CD media), and install the distro without testing it, which is something that we don't recommend.
The same great desktop experience with top-notch apps
Following on the steps of the Xubuntu 11.04 release, this edition features the same great desktop experience powered by the lightweight Xfce desktop environment, which offers a modern and fast interface comprised of a top panel and bottom dock (hidden by default).
Default applications include the gThumb and Ristretto image viewers, GIMP image editor, Simple Scan image scanner, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Transmission BitTorrent client, XChat IRC clinet, Vinagre remote desktop client and Mozilla Firefox web browser.
In addition, it comes with the gmusicbrowser audio player, Parole media player, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, Orage Calendar and Globaltime, Startup Disk Creator, as well as Synaptic Package Manager.
In conclusion, we are now certain that Canonical is on a mission to deliver some of the best Linux-based operating systems for low-end machines, providing users with a fast, modern and up-to-date experience.