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Xubuntu will almost always be faster than Ubuntu. It has nothing to do with what's installed, only what's being used.
For example, I currently have Kubuntu, Ubuntu, and Xubuntu installed on one partition, and when I log into XFCE, it's fast. The fact that Ubuntu and Kubuntu are also installed doesn't affect the speed of XFCE because I'm not using Ubuntu and Kubuntu at the time.
This will work with no problems. As someone said above, select "xfce-session" from the login screen to get into XFCE.
The major advantage is that you will not lose your documents, or any installed programs. You can still choose Gnome from the login screen if you want, and it will be just the way you left it . You can also use existing programs under XFCE - for example, Open Office and Firefox will still work in exactly the same way that they always have.
You can always try it using "sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop", and it won't hurt anything. If you don't like it, and want to remove XFCE from your system, use "sudo apt-get remove xubuntu-desktop".
I hope this helps
"sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop" worked like a charm...thanks for your help. I set XFCE as my default session so now it boots to Xubuntu w/o any extra effort and I can switch back to Gnome (I really don't know why I would though). Xubuntu does seem to run better, I think it is a keeper.
Last edited by Fireproof4ever; 07-02-2006 at 02:04 PM.
Hi i have ubuntu 5.10 and i want to migrate to the latest xubuntu. Can u give me instructions how to do that? For example what commands i should execute for that. I dont have any apt sources for the new xubuntu. I have searched to the ubuntu/zubuntu official but i didnt find any useful info about my migration
That's because you have to get the lightweight window manager and other things.
That said, the xubuntu-desktop package depends on a lot of stuff that you may not want/need, like the gimp package.
You can run
apt-cache show xubuntu-desktop
and look at the "Depends:" section to pick what you want to install.
Even if you have to download a lot, the system will run faster as xfce uses less system resources, and there isn't anything stopping you from removing gnome after that.
Just migrated from Ubuntu to Xubuntu myself and loved it. First, I've simply installed xubuntu-desktop. I had a system failure a few days ago and downloaded the full Xubuntu iso. I've noticed no difference between them (by that, I mean xubuntu-desktop installed on Ubuntu and xubuntu CD).
What I liked with Xubuntu is that it came with way less applications that Ubuntu has that I don't use anyway, like all those games, for example. The system is way more responsive and XFCE is highly configurable. It even came with much more interesting themes that Ubuntu did. I can make my system look like a MacOSX, KDE, Gnome, CDE and even BeOS in no time, without downloading any extra themes.
Just like in Ubuntu, I had to do some changes, like downloading codecs, a decent media player and switching to Sun's Java SDK. The rest went flawless and Ubuntu guide works perfectly for that.
The only thing that Ubuntu did nicely, was to auto-configure the multimedia keys on my keyboard. But that is not a big deal, since there are other ways to do that.
Xubuntu is really a keeper ^_^;;
Last edited by Mega Man X; 07-29-2006 at 01:22 AM.
What I liked with Xubuntu is that it came with way less applications that Ubuntu has that I don't use anyway, like all those games, for example. The system is way more responsive and XFCE is highly configurable.
Thx a lot for answers.. I can see that u have upgraded from your old ubunty. I cant understand why you system is lighter and has less apps.. My system after apt-get update still downloads lot of new apps.. I think it would be much heavier
It's because you can get the CD ISO from here and it installs only xubuntu and not gnome, when you install xubuntu-desktop you have to download all the default apps rather than them getting installed. Also just because you have a lot of apps it don't mean that you system isn't light, the xfce uses less system resources than gnome or kde so you system will run faster.
A totally newbie question-i did sudo aptitude install xubuntu-desktop and it've just finished removing tons of 'lib's and some other stuff.
The question is-what exactly did he remove and how it will affect the system functionality? Right before i tried to remove something I won't ever use using synaptic, but removing 'lib's didn't seem a good idea to me.
*ot* im scared...
Distribution: Ubuntu, Debian, Various using VMWare
Welcome to LQ DouVicton!.
You would have been better starting your own thread, rather than one that is nearly 3 years old.
As part of Aptitude's process when you add and remove software, it will delete anything else that is not being used. This means that if you remove package A, and package B is only installed as a dependency for package A, then B will be removed. However, if package C also depends on B, or if B was installed on its own, then it will not be removed.
Is your system broken in any way? You will find out soon enough if it is, in which case come back here and we will help you fix it.