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Xubuntu 12.10
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2 20240 10-26-2012
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Description: "The Xubuntu team is glad to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 12.10, code-named Quantal Quetzal. Xubuntu 12.10 will be supported for 18 months. New features: Xfce 4.10; completely rewritten offline documentation; in the application menu, all settings-related launchers are now grouped under the Settings Manager; updated artwork, including new wallpaper, documentation looks and updates to LightDM, Greybird and Ubiquity slideshow; new versions of Catfish and Parole. Notable bug fixes: no more window traces or 'black on black' in installer."
Keywords: Ubuntu-based Xfce

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Old 10-25-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
Registered: Jan 2003
Distribution: Slackware and XUbuntu an Debian
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Easy to install
Cons: broadcom wireless (bcm43x series) is not operational on install , needs to have the proper drivers installed .

After i installed the needed drivers-firmware for the wireless everything was easy as pie and thanks to synaptics i could install libreoffice french version.

This on an old Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop belonging to an old friend.

I certainly would recommend Xubuntu for anyone's old laptop.
Old 10-26-2012, 05:30 PM   #2
Registered: Jul 2006
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Xubuntu will go straight into a live session unless you press a key when you get a black screen with a couple of icons at the bottom. Then you can choose to check the disk, set language and keyboard, and run the installer or a live session.

But it didn’t get to a live session for me: the graphical interface just sat there flashing. After a lot of testing and searching, I discovered that I needed to press F6 and add ‘xforcevesa’ to the boot instructions. The release notes (yes, I should have read them) mention problems with various video chips but they suggest far more complicated solutions, involving using the alternative CD and creating an xorg.conf file!

Once that was sorted, the live session ran successfully. Unfortunately, the installer didn’t: it crashed with the bug that was present in 12.04 and which the bug tracker reported as solved.

The software provided was Firefox, Pidgin, Thunderbird, Xchat, Parole, Gmusicbrowser, and Abiword. Apart from the music player, they ran from the CLI without leaving any warnings. Flash is not installed in Firefox, but HTML5 video works. I then decided to check the media player, which meant that I had to install the codecs; normally they are downloaded by Ubiquity. I couldn’t get the software centre to do it, so I was left with the command line. Eventually I got everything installed, but Parole reported ‘gstreamer backend error’. I could have tried running a complete update, but by then I was sick of the whole thing.

Although most people would not have the problems with video drivers and Ubiquity, they’re symptomatic of the general lack of quality in Ubuntu and its respins. If you want Xfce, you have the choice of Mint, SalineOS, Salix, or Vector; any of them would be more reliable.


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