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    Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    With my older laptop, what type of speed improvement would Xububtu have over Ubuntu? Would this only be at boot up?
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    Re: Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by mcman56 View Post
    With my older laptop, what type of speed improvement would Xububtu have over Ubuntu? Would this only be at boot up?
    I did not notice a big difference in boot speed, but with Xubuntu, everything seemed much quicker because of the lighter RAM usage.

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    Re: Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    You should also consider Lubuntu with the ultra-light desktop environment LXDE, or if you want the tools of Xubuntu:

    Lubuntu with the addition of xubuntu-desktop:

    After installation of Lubuntu, run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
    and select desktop environment at the login screen

    If you watch video clips, you will see a big improvement with lighter desktop environments.

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    Re: Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    Can I "upgrade" to Xubuntu just like upgrading to a newer version of Ubuntu? Will all of my data files and settings get pulled in? Or would it be like starting from scratch? Thanks
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    Re: Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    I upgraded Ubuntu --> Ubuntu and then installed the Xubuntu desktop like any other program package:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
    There is information at http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/index how to remove the traces of the other desktop environments, but they only occupy some disk space, and some part of them might come in handy some time in the future.
    Last edited by sudodus; December 22nd, 2012 at 07:05 PM. Reason: link included

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    Re: Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    I upgraded Ubuntu --> Ubuntu and then installed the Xubuntu desktop like any other program package:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
    There is information at http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/index how to remove the traces of the other desktop environments, but they only occupy some disk space, and some part of them might come in handy some time in the future.

    Can you clairify? Did you upgrade Ubuntu to Lubuntu and then load the Xubuntu desktop? I'm no expert. Is this something to easily get wrong? Thanks
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    Re: Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    Installing multiple desktops won't make the most of system resources. Consider a clean installation of Lubuntu or Xubuntu depending on hardware. Lubuntu has lower ram requirements and less bling the Last time I checked.

    http://www.renewablepcs.com/about-li...-gnome-or-xfce
    Last edited by Frogs Hair; December 22nd, 2012 at 08:35 PM.
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    Re: Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    Hi mcmann, the different desktops are simply interfaces or "skins" on top of the same core system. It's possible to install as many different desktop environments as you like and switch between them depending on your mood that day. I personally have Gnome, Xfce, and Fluxbox on my main machine; I use Gnome for when I want full-featured eye candy, Fluxbox when I just want to run one app fullscreen with good performance (like when I am doing music editing), and Xfce when I need a change of pace.

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    Re: Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by mcman56 View Post
    Can you clairify? Did you upgrade Ubuntu to Lubuntu and then load the Xubuntu desktop? I'm no expert. Is this something to easily get wrong? Thanks
    To clarify further...
    Ubuntu = Unity Desktop
    Xubuntu = XFCE4 Desktop
    Lubuntu = LXDE Desktop
    Kubuntu = KDE Desktop

    different skins, however, Lubuntu has a different underlying core as well. They allow for the Non-PAE kernel which means simply that it will work on REALLY old computers. I use Ubuntu (Unity Desktop) on my fast new computer. I use Lubuntu (LXDE Desktop) on my SLOW OLD computer. My old computer runs at a very decent usable speed. Lubuntu keeps getting better and better too.

    To have a really pure experience just do a fresh install of Lubuntu. For Xubuntu you can simply install the XFCE4 Desktop by installing the xubuntu-desktop package.

    Upgrading is not necessary. If you are using Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) you can stay with that same one for 5 years (or so..) You can upgrade to 12.10, etc... but it is not the same as adding a desktop environment.

    Open a terminal and type
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-dektop
    or open the Ubuntu Software Center and search for Xubuntu-desktop
    to install it.
    I hope that is clear enough

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    Re: Xububtu vs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by mcman56 View Post
    Can you clairify? Did you upgrade Ubuntu to Lubuntu and then load the Xubuntu desktop? I'm no expert. Is this something to easily get wrong? Thanks
    I upgraded my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and then installed several desktop environment to test them out in a couple of computers with different hardware, but in both cases nvidia graphics.

    I have another system, a low-end computer with a fresh install of Lubuntu 12.04, where I have added xubuntu-desktop.

    Edit: Snowpine's and Trees's explanations are good.
    Last edited by sudodus; December 22nd, 2012 at 10:04 PM.

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