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Pick Your Ubuntu Flavor: Part 2

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management

We began exploring the different “flavors” of Ubuntu in Part 1 of this article. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out to get up to speed. Then we can finish looking at the many varieties of this fast, safe and free operating system. 

3. Lubuntu. Using LXDE (LX desktop environment), Lubuntu is not as pretty as Kubuntu, but is much faster. It’s a lightweight distribution, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient, which makes it ideal for older computers and laptops.

 The Start menu is Windows- like, so if you miss the way your good old OS , Lubuntu will make you happy. To install it, open the Terminal window and type sudo apt-get lubuntu-desktop. Type the password and hit Enter. During the installation, you will be asked to choose between LightDM and LXDM. I suggest LightDM.

  Recommended system requirements: 700 MHz processor, 512 MiB RAM, graphic card and monitor capable of 800×600 screen resolution.

  4. Mythbuntu. Mythbuntu uses the XFCE light desktop environment and is intended to make a full home theatre out of your PC, using MythTV. The standard installation eliminates other usual programs and tools that you could find in the above distributions, such as Libre Office. However, it’s easy to install them using the Mythbuntu Control Centre.

    Assuming that you want to keep them, you may have a look to MythTV only, instead of a full installation of Mythbuntu. Open the Terminal and type sudo apt-get install mythtv. Your password will be required, as usual. Type it, hit Enter and that’s it.

     Recommended system requirements: 2 GHz processor (2+ cores), 2 GB RAM, nVidia GT 4xx+ 512MB+ graphics card.

  5. Ubuntu studio is a multimedia- orientated distribution. The installation package comes with plenty of free tools, carefully selected for creating and editing audio, graphics, photography, video and publishing.

   Installing Ubuntu Studio is quite tricky, as we talk about an upgrade, rather than a desktop environment. If you are a new user of Ubuntu, my advice is to skip this distribution or to install it alongside your existing OS. However, if you wish to give it a try, open the Terminal and type (or copy/paste) the following: sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install ubuntustudio-desktop ubuntustudio-audio ubuntustudio-audio-plugins ubuntustudio-graphics ubuntustudio-video linux-rt. Type the required password and let the installation finish. Reboot.

     Recommended system requirements: 2 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, 3D acceleration supporting graphic card.

     6. Xubuntu. A lightweight distribution, like Lubuntu, but built with XFCE desktop environment. It is not visually impressive, but I actually run it on an old laptop with barely 1,5 Gh, 512 RAM and 128 Mb video card. I can say it gets the job done.

  The interface is simple and functional, without “bells and whistles”. Having Ubuntu’s core power in the background, I would say is the perfect OS for reviving old computers and laptops. To install it, open the Terminal and type sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop. Then, the usual steps: type the password, wait for the installation to finish and reboot.

     Recommended system requirements: 700 MHz processor, 512 MiB RAM, graphic card and monitor capable of 800×600 screen resolution.

     Among these wonderful, stable Ubuntu distros, there must be the one for you. Remember, the more “visual” it gets, the more resources will eat. The choice is yours!

     ~ Adrian

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2 Responses to “Pick Your Ubuntu Flavor: Part 2”

  1. Bill Leach says:


    Though not the only one writing about Linux, your post is one I decided to respond to… The Linux posting of late on WorldStart are really outstanding!

    I particularly liked this post. I have used LUbuntu, XUbuntu, KUbuntu (and of course UbuntU) but never Ubuntu Studio so even I found it interesting!


  2. calinmusceleanu says:

    Thanks, Bill!
    I’m really glad that you found my post interesting. I will continue to provide tips and tricks articles covering both Linux and Windows OS. Hopefully many users will find answers for their questions.

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