How does Xubuntu stack up as a Ubuntu replacement?

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There are a lot of strong opinions about Ubuntu (much of it negative thanks to Unity). There are a number of alternatives out there - Mint, Gnome 3, Kubuntu, etc. I've been thinking about Xubuntu though, from what I've seen the interface looks nice and clean. Are there any serious issues with Xubuntu that I should be concerned about?

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jimlynch
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Xubuntu is a very good option for those who wish to move from Ubuntu. I did a review of the 11.04 version a while back for DLR (sorry, haven't had time to get to 11.10 yet):

http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/2011/06/01/xubuntu-11-04/

Xubuntu uses Xfce, which is a slimmer desktop than Ubuntu. Xfce is also much closer to the GNOME 2 desktop look and feel than Unity. So many people are checking out Xubuntu because they dislike Unity so much.

I say give it a shot and see if you like it. Install it in VirtualBox (free, open source virtual machine software) and run it for a while. If you really dig it, dump Ubuntu and move to Xubuntu instead.

If you hate Unity, you'll probably really like Xfce in Xubuntu.

C Dennis Sanders
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I loved Ubuntu until Unity and really really hate Unity, I tried getting used to it but just could not.  I just can't figure out what connonical was thinking, it was like they were taking a page out of Microsoft play-book.  I know that with 12.04 it is possible to use Gnome classic or Cinnamon but it just isn't the same, it seems to be more sluggish and less like the good old 10.10 Ubuntu version that I really love plus it does not have th ePanel options that I liked.  I just switched to Xubuntu and really like it.  I especially like the possibility of customizing the Panels easily and quickly to my liking.  I have not found any downsides to it whatsover.  It seems to use a lot less resources than Ubuntu 12.04 and not nearly as sluggish.

 

billsdesk
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I have used Xubuntu 11.10, and I like it. While it is not my preferred choice for a day-to-day desktop, it is a good alterntive to the Unity desktop. If you want other packages than the default, you can use either the Ubuntu Software Center, or the Synaptic Package Manager. It has a hidden applications launcher, you just need to move your mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen. The Xfce desktop uses a lot less memory resources, which is great for older machines.

lsmall
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Well, I'd say Xubuntu is an improvement over Unity, but that's not exactly a difficult thing to achieve.  One thing to be aware of if you have problems is that there is more than a whiff of elitism among Linux users, and it is not uncommon to get less than helpful responses on some forums if you have issues and ask questions that are pretty basic.  I hate to admit it, but there it is. 

 

You might also want to consider Mint, but that wasn't really your question.  Some of the downsides of Xubuntu are that you get Abiword instead of LibreOffice with install.  You will also probably want to make some changes with the media player, Xubuntu uses Parole, so you can't use the Amazon MP3 store.  You can take care of this by switching over to Banshee.  But these are minor things compared to the real weakness of Xumuntu: You can't easily install Samba because Xubuntu uses Thunar for a file manager, and Thunar won't work with Samba on a network to share folders.  If you are using Xubuntu on a single machine, not a big deal, if you are on a network, I think it is quite a big deal.  

 

Other than that, Xumbuntu is fine.  It has a nice desktop, it's quick and it's reliable.  Is it the best choice?  Not so sure about that, but if the Samba thing isn't a big deal to you, I think it is a pretty good option.  

C Dennis Sanders
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I loved Ubuntu until Unity and really really hate Unity, I tried getting used to it but just could not.  I just can't figure out what connonical was thinking, it was like they were taking a page out of Microsoft play-book.  I know that with 12.04 it is possible to use Gnome classic or Cinnamon but it just isn't the same, it seems to be more sluggish and less like the good old 10.10 Ubuntu version that I really love plus it does not have th ePanel options that I liked.  I just switched to Xubuntu and really like it.  I especially like the possibility of customizing the Panels easily and quickly to my liking.  I have not found any downsides to it whatsover.  It seems to use a lot less resources than Ubuntu 12.04 and not nearly as sluggish.

 

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