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Old 11-28-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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I have been away from Linux for some time. Last used Ubuntu 10.10, I think. I would like to install some Linux distro but am quite confident that I have no desire to use the Unity interface. Can I get something resembling a version of Ubuntu friendly to me by using Lubuntu???? FYI, I'm almost 70, detest tabbed browsers and mail and other forced changes that are of little benefit to me. Kind of a luddite, I guess. Please don't tell me to use the whiz-bang stuff.
 
Old 11-28-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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LXDE/Lubuntu is relatively bare-bones, I predict that you will like it. Recommend that you stick to the "long term support" releases, currently 12.04 (supported through April 2017).
 
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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You might want to look into Xubuntu; it's like "plain old" Ubuntu, but with Xfce replacing Unity.

Another option, if you are slightly more adventurous, would be to install CrunchBang Linux and replace Openbox with Xfce. CrunchBang.org has one of the friendliest support communities around, and the distribution is significantly faster than Xubuntu - mainly because there is less preinstalled bloat.

Good luck!
 
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:56 AM   #4
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You might want to look into Xubuntu; it's like "plain old" Ubuntu, but with Xfce replacing Unity.

Another option, if you are slightly more adventurous, would be to install CrunchBang Linux and replace Openbox with Xfce. CrunchBang.org has one of the friendliest support communities around, and the distribution is significantly faster than Xubuntu - mainly because there is less preinstalled bloat.

Good luck!
Personally, I would avoid the *buntu's. Give Crunchbang a shot, there is no need to install it, just boot to a live session on the CD and give it a test drive. If you like it, then you can install it.
 
Old 11-29-2012, 03:03 AM   #5
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LXDE/Lubuntu is relatively bare-bones, I predict that you will like it. Recommend that you stick to the "long term support" releases, currently 12.04 (supported through April 2017).
Lubuntu 12.04 isnt a LTS version-

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Unlike Ubuntu, Lubuntu 12.04 is not a LTS, this version will be supported for 18 months.
http://lubuntu.net/blog/lubuntu-1204-now-available

BTW, xubuntu 12.04 is apparently a 3 year support LTS, not 5 year like 'normal' 12.04 LTS-

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The Xubuntu team is very proud and happy to announce the release of Xubuntu 12.04, codenamed Precise Pangolin! Xubuntu 12.04 is a Long Term Support release (LTS) and will be supported for three years per the Xubuntu LTS plan.
http://xubuntu.org/news/12-04-release/

I'd try xubuntu over lubuntu.

I'd probably use a different distro though, possibly debian, depending on what hardware you have.
 
Old 11-29-2012, 06:01 AM   #6
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^--Ubuntu and Lubuntu share the same repository (software sources) so it is impossible for them to pull the plug on Lubuntu without also pulling the plug on Ubuntu. Worst case scenario is that lxpanel mysteriously develops a mission-critical bug after 18 months; I think that is unlikely.
 
Old 11-29-2012, 07:08 AM   #7
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^--Ubuntu and Lubuntu share the same repository (software sources) so it is impossible for them to pull the plug on Lubuntu without also pulling the plug on Ubuntu.
No, they arent using the same repos exactly......

Lxde 12.04-
"Package: lxde (0.5.0-4ubuntu3) [universe]"

http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/lxde

The package source is 'universe', which is different to 'main'-

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Main - Officially supported software.

Restricted - Supported software that is not available under a completely free license.

Universe - Community maintained software, i.e. not officially supported software.

Multiverse - Software that is not free.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Ubuntu
 
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I understand that it's technically true "support for lxde ends" but what is the likelihood of a massive security bug suddenly appearing in lxpanel or lxappearance after 18 months? Lubuntu users will get the same security updates to kernel, libraries, and applications as Ubuntu users, so don't spread FUD please.
 
Old 11-29-2012, 07:14 AM   #9
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You could have a look at IceWm. It is a very simple and extremely stable window manager that in feel resembles win-95 in many ways. It demands very little of your computer too, so it can run on almost ancient computers.
 
Old 11-29-2012, 07:38 AM   #10
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I understand that it's technically true "support for lxde ends" but what is the likelihood of a massive security bug suddenly appearing in lxpanel or lxappearance after 18 months?
I'd say that is totally unknown at this point.

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Lubuntu users will get the same security updates to kernel, libraries, and applications as Ubuntu users, so don't spread FUD please.
But they will NOT be getting the same updates as ubuntu/unity users will. All the lx* packages are in 'universe'.

If you dont like the way that canonical is 'gaming' the system, talk to them. If you didnt know or chose to ignore the diffences between 'universe' and 'main' thats not my problem.

Pointing out the lubuntu 12.04 is NOT an LTS version, and will not get the same level of support of updates is NOT 'FUD' at all.
 
Old 11-29-2012, 10:10 AM   #11
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Mate is a favorite of old Gnome users, It can be easily installed in Ubuntu to replace Unity like any other graphical interface out there. However there are some distributions offering Mate at installation time. Mint is one of them you should check it out http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2216.

Mate screenshots------->http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/screenshots

Good luck to you and let us know how it works for you!
 
Old 12-01-2012, 01:00 PM   #12
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I have been away from Linux for some time. Last used Ubuntu 10.10, I think. I would like to install some Linux distro but am quite confident that I have no desire to use the Unity interface. Can I get something resembling a version of Ubuntu friendly to me by using Lubuntu???? FYI, I'm almost 70, detest tabbed browsers and mail and other forced changes that are of little benefit to me. Kind of a luddite, I guess. Please don't tell me to use the whiz-bang stuff.
I am also a 'silver surfer' and after much testing and searching I plumbed for Linux Mint 13 Mate (64bit). It's easy to use and does most of the things perfectly well that you would expect. Check out LM13 Mate I think you will like it
 
  


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