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    Basic desktop?

    Help, please.

    I have abandoned Ubuntu, due to the Unity desktop environment, and I am on the verge of doing the same with Kubuntu.

    I want a desktop like the classic desktop of Unbuntu Lucid Lynx. A simple, basic, functional desktop without all the fancy frills that I have no use for. I have no use and no desire for all of the bells, whistles and fancy graphics of the desktops trying to imitate Mac and Windows. And trying to be a tablet. Meanwhile making basic tasks difficult if not impossible.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    I don't want to stay with Lucid Lynx, despite how much I like it, because I still want to get the security updates, and program and system upgrades.

    Any and all assistance appreciated.
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    Re: Basic desktop?

    Try out any of the variants. Or some other distro. I use Xubuntu, but Lubuntu would also be fine. Look for "linux minimal desktop" and you'll get all sorts of stuff.

    You might also look at blackbox or any other lightweight window manager. There are so many variants out there with slightly different characteristics it's just a matter of finding one you like.

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    Re: Basic desktop?

    +1 Xubuntu. Actually you can add the Xfce desktop to Ubuntu and choose your desktop at login. Also there is Gnome Fallback (sometimes referred to as Classic) which has the old Gnome 2 look and feel. Xubuntu, though, is really nice.
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    Re: Basic desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buntu Bunny View Post
    +1 Xubuntu. Actually you can add the Xfce desktop to Ubuntu and choose your desktop at login. ....
    Since 13.10 isn't too far off, I would feel it's not a bad idea to install xubuntu-desktop and lubuntu-desktop so that you can log into Xubuntu or Lubuntu or Unity (Ubuntu). Test drive them for a while and then, when 13.10 is out, make a clean install of the one you like.

    There are those who'll suggest installing something more minimal than xubuntu-desktop or lubuntu-desktop which is fine if you know what you're doing.
    Users can easily damage their systems by using sudo su if they aren't experienced enough.

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    Re: Basic desktop?

    But what's the difference really? Except for Unity still being on the harddrive with it's standard features and packages?
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    Re: Basic desktop?

    Gnome (Ubuntu main) and KDE (Kubuntu) are full-featured desktops.

    Xubuntu and Lubuntu are lightweight simple variants. Just search on 'lightweight ubuntu' or 'simple ubuntu' and see what comes up.

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    Re: Basic desktop?

    chuck5; Hi !

    A minimal install and xfce4 as the desk top environment has my endorsement. Lean, mean, fast and no nonsense.
    Requires some knowledge of what you want of an operating system.

    beauty is in the eye of the beholder
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: Basic desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bashing-om View Post
    chuck5; Hi !

    A minimal install and xfce4 as the desk top environment has my endorsement. Lean, mean, fast and no nonsense.
    Requires some knowledge of what you want of an operating system.

    beauty is in the eye of the beholder
    Bashing-om, is there a guide to help new users (and us older, not so good with the 'memory' thing users) with details like 'how to launch the desktop UI once we've installed it' and similar?

    - I installed 12.04.3 server amd64 as a vm (no packages selected, just a base install).
    - I updated everything that was out-standing (apt-get upgrade)
    - I installed xubuntu-desktop
    - Reboot and I still have a CLI interface

    I tried $ startx and was told it was not installed and to apt-get the xinit package...I assumed apt would get everything necessary for Xfce DE to launch.

    Is there anyplace in particular I should go look for answers?

    Thanks much!
    Last edited by zencoder; August 30th, 2013 at 03:46 PM. Reason: fixed an error
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    Re: Basic desktop?

    Another +1 for Xubuntu. XFCE is by far my favorite DE. However, it's not what I'm using. I'm using Linux Mint 13 MATE. The MATE DE is a pretty near dead ringer for the old Gnome 2 DE you are familiar with. However, there is not a *buntu flavor that comes with it installed by default. Linux Mint, however, does.

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    Re: Basic desktop?

    Elementary is quite a minimalistic desktop

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