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Xubuntu: A Simple Approach To Ubuntu

May 15, 2009, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

"I've sung Kubuntu's praises for the last couple of years. Setup is as simple as downloading the image to a CD, popping the CD into the drive, making a couple of routine decisions, and you're off and running.

"Xubuntu has many of the same installation menus and is just as easy to install as Kubuntu. The procedure is basically the same.

"The savings come when you boot up Xubuntu and have a running desktop in about 30 seconds, as opposed to about one minute with Kubuntu. Xubuntu doesn't have a lot of eye-candy or fluff to slow you down since it uses the xfce desktop. The menus contain just the essential applications and everything worked on my Asus X83-VM, starting with the first boot up. I did have to check the box for the latest NVidia driver (version 180, which was also installed) instead of the 170 version, to take full advantage of the 1GB 9600M GS chip in displaying hardware-accelerated graphics. Big effort there."

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