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Xubuntu 10.10: Becoming More Unique

Aug 17, 2010, 12:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

"The upcoming release of Ubuntu 10.10 promises a variety of new features for Ubuntu's desktop and server editions. But it will also bring significant changes for Ubuntu's lightweight cousin, Xubuntu. Here's a look at some of the most important updates for the Xfce-based Ubuntu variant, including several that will increase its independence from standard Ubuntu.

"Admittedly, until I downloaded the Xubuntu alpha 3 release, it had been a while since I tried the distribution. I used to run it on some lower-end machines, but I gave it up a couple years ago because the performance improvement over Gnome-based Ubuntu was not drastic enough to justify the features missing in Xfce, at least for me.

"For a truly lightweight system, something like Lubuntu seemed more appropriate than Xubuntu. After all, at its core, Xubuntu has traditionally retained a high level of dependence on Gnome, making it hard to distinguish in many respects from standard Ubuntu."

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