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Lubuntu 14.04
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1 7494 06-04-2014
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100% of reviewers None indicated 7.0

Description: "Julien Lavergne has released Lubuntu 14.04. Features: based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment; PCManFM, a fast and lightweight files manager using GIO/GVFS; Openbox, a fast and extensible default window manager of LXDE; LightDM, a simple GTK+ greeter; Firefox, the famous web browser; based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Improvements since Lubuntu 13.10: LTS Support (3 years); new PCManFM (version 1.2.0) with a lot of new features (folder settings, dual-pane view, menu editing); new LXSession default applications with a new user interface; an update of the artwork (new icons, theme update)."
Keywords: Ubuntu-based LTS LXDE

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Old 06-04-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7


This version of Lubuntu is a long-term-support one. I tested the 32-bit version, using the alternative installation disk. This is not live, but it will run in 256MB rather than needing 512. Itís quite powerful, though, and offers a wide range of filing systems and encryption of /home.

Software included Abiword (with spell-checker), Gnumeric, mtPaint, Firefox (no Flash), Pidgin, Sylpheed, Audacious, GNOME Mplayer (with codecs). There were some warnings in connection with Glib, two labeled critical, but everything ran. Neither Firefox not the Software Centre could find Flash, but Synaptic came to the rescue. Ubuntuís Software Centre generally seems better at trying to sell things than finding programs.

As with WattOS, enabling my USB speakers (no easy task) made the volume control disappear from the panel, and the buttons on the keyboard donít work with LXDE by default.

Lubuntu is competing with WattOS, Salix, and Zorin Light. It needs more memory than the others : an absolute minimum of 256MB. For a computer old enough to need a non-pae kernel, choose WattOS. If you want better configuration tools, try Salix.


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