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    Xubuntu or Lubuntu More Lightweight?

    I have a very old laptop and I want to know if Xubuntu or Lubuntu will run faster. I want the fastest experience possible.

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    Re: Xubuntu or Lubuntu More Lightweight?

    Try them both and see which works better. I think lubuntu has lower system requirements and that's what I use on my netbook but I also tried xubuntu and that runs about the same. It's really just about which desktop you prefer. Lubuntu is very basic.

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    Re: Xubuntu or Lubuntu More Lightweight?

    What are your hardware specs? Have you read the System Requirements on the wiki?

    Personally I find LXDE a tiny bit lighter than Xfce.

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    Re: Xubuntu or Lubuntu More Lightweight?

    I hear that Lubuntu is more lightweight.

    For the fastest experience perhaps you should consider a minimal install of Ubuntu, then installing Xfce or LXDE over top. Installing either one of Lubuntu or Xubuntu will still have some bloat, and this will reduce system performance. If you do a minimal install, you just get the barebones of the OS, and then you can install a lightweight DE to have an all-round lightweight system. If it's the fastest setup you want, and you're semi techno-savvy, I'd go for an Ubuntu minimal install with LXDE, or even Fluxbox or Openbox.
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    lubuntu

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    Re: Xubuntu or Lubuntu More Lightweight?

    I'm a fan of lubuntu. But the default screen savers are pigs. Change them if you want your laptop to keep working on anything after the screen saver comes up.

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    Re: Xubuntu or Lubuntu More Lightweight?

    Having run both for about a week each... I have settled on Xubuntu. It is more elegant, complete and user-friendly for my uses. I have run both on an Atom processor, eeePC netbook without difficulty. Both seem MUCH faster than Unity.
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    Re: Xubuntu or Lubuntu More Lightweight?

    I must agree with Rabideau. User friendly with a very customizable desktop

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    Re: Xubuntu or Lubuntu More Lightweight?

    Lubuntu is lighter, but it comes at the cost sacrifice of features. There is little difference between Gnome and XFCE, however, there is significant difference between XFCE and LXDE.

    Try both, see which one works better.

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    Re: Xubuntu or Lubuntu More Lightweight?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3Miro View Post
    ...There is little difference between Gnome and XFCE, however, there is significant difference between XFCE and LXDE.
    I would describe Xfce as "Gnome Lite." But I would not say that there is "little difference!" There are BIG differences! I find Xfce to be much, much lighter and faster and more intuitive for me than Gnome was.

    In fact, even on my old hand-me-down 'puter, I found no noticeable difference in speed between LXDE and Xfce! 'Cept that Xfce had lots more features, configurability, and versatility than LXDE.

    -Robin

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