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"The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 14.04. Xubuntu 14.04 is an LTS (long-term support) release and will be supported for 3 years. The highlights of this release include: Light Locker replaces XScreenSaver for screen locking, a settings GUI is included; the panel layout is updated, it now uses Whisker Menu by default; Mugshot is included to allow editing personal preferences; MenuLibre for menu editing with full Xfce support replaces Alacarte; a community wallpapers package which includes work from the five winners of the wallpaper contest; GTK+ Theme Config to customize desktop theme colors; updated artwork, including various enhancements to themes as well as a new default wallpaper."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
I tested Xubuntuís 32-bit version. The installation diskís menu can be obtained by pressing enter; otherwise it boots into a live session in English with a US keyboard. The menu offers a live session, installation, or a disk check. You can set the language and keyboard, and even use a screen reader or a Braille terminal.
The desktop comes with a panel at the top which is missing the pager (why is this getting so common?) and with the Whisker menu instead of the Xfce one. Several keyboard shortcuts to run applications were preset. The video seemed to have a problem, with Xorg using far more CPU than normal and with occasional screen ghosting.
The software included Firefox (with flash), Thunderbird, Pidgin, Gimp, Gmusicbrowser and Parole (with codecs), Abiword (with a dictionary), and Gnumeric. There were several critical warnings when I ran them from the CLI, but everything worked. However, when I tried importing a couple of odt documents into Abiword, the formating was not properly preserved.
Most configuration tasks could be easily achieved, but there were the usual Debian/Ubuntu strugles for anything more advanced, like enabling USB speakers. For adding software, only the Software Centre was provided. This failed to find items which were subsequently found with Synaptic: itís better at trying to sell you things.
Xubuntu invites comparison with AntiX MX, Mint, OS4, and Snow: thereís not a lot of difference, but the others, especially Mint, are rather better.