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Thread: Difference between Xubuntu and Ubuntu with XFCE

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    Difference between Xubuntu and Ubuntu with XFCE

    As the title says, a very simple question;
    What is the difference between a Xubuntu and an Ubuntu with XFCE (Xubuntu-Desktop packages) installed?
    Is there only a difference in installed packages and default applications, or are there other differences as well?

    And would there be any reason to install Ubuntu with the Xubuntu-Desktop packages rather than Xubuntu itself?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Difference between Xubuntu and Ubuntu with XFCE

    Much better to do a fresh install of Xubuntu, installing Xubuntu ontop of another desktop can cause trouble, Xubuntu has it's own set of programs and are lighter and might conflict with others.

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    Re: Difference between Xubuntu and Ubuntu with XFCE

    if you install xubuntu desktop you get full desktop including for example network monitor, power manager/battery monitor.

    which is all you get if you install Xubuntu from the start.

    now let's say you already have Ubutnu installed. Ubutnu has it's own network monitor, power manager.... and then you install Xubutnu desktop on it. and you get the XFCE network monitor, power manager... so you have double applications running both of them doing same thing hogging your CPU. besides applicaitons you also get Xubuntu theming, application integration and similar Xubuntu presets.

    so if you have Ubuntu installed and want to add XFCE to try it or use it it is better to install XFCE only. if however you want to try full Xubuntu experience then install xubuntu desktop package. you can later remove gnome and effectivelly this will leave Xubuntu on your computer.
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    Re: Difference between Xubuntu and Ubuntu with XFCE

    That was what I suspected as well, but I'm glad to see it confirmed. Thanks for the answers.

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