Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Apr 2006 14:39 UTC, submitted by chrishaney
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "We are pleased to announce that the first public beta release of Xubuntu, the latest official addition to the Ubuntu family of derivative distributions has arrived. Xubuntu is built around the solid Ubuntu core and the friendly and relatively lightweight Xfce desktop environment, with the specific goal of providing a nice user experience even on older hardware." Screenshots o'plenty, boys and girls.
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Why?
by bhearsum on Fri 21st Apr 2006 15:37 UTC
bhearsum
Member since:
2006-02-07

Why do we need a seperate distribution for this? It seems like a lot of wasted effort. All I do is apt-get install xfce4 on Ubuntu and bam! I have a perfectly function xfce 4.2.2 desktop.

These peoples' time could probably be better spent tuning the packages in the normal repos.

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RE: Why?
by schala on Fri 21st Apr 2006 15:59 in reply to "Why?"
schala Member since:
2006-01-17

Calling it a "separate distribution" is a bit of a misnomer. All the packages, like all the Kubuntu packages, are part of the same repositories as the rest of the Ubuntu packages. This announcement basically means that anyone who wants an Xfce desktop can just say apt-get install xubuntu-desktop, and also that Ubuntu will be willing to support (albeit probably for money) anyone who has problems getting Xfce to work properly.

While it seems a bit excessive to offer three different CDs which are different only in whether they include ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, or xubuntu-desktop (and all dependencies), we should still be glad that each one only fits on a single CD. Ubuntu's philosophy is to only include /one/ program for each task on the default CD, since otherwise not everything would fit. So think of this announcement as just saying that, if you know you're just going to uninstall GNOME and put on Xfce, they can do that for you.

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RE[2]: Why?
by da_Chicken on Fri 21st Apr 2006 16:16 in reply to "RE: Why?"
da_Chicken Member since:
2006-01-01

This announcement basically means that anyone who wants an Xfce desktop can just say apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

You have been able to do that for some time now. What's new is that you can now download (it will probably also be shipped to your home free of charge from Ubuntu's "shipit" service) Xubuntu live-cd, featuring XFCE desktop. The live-cd also includes a new hd-installer. And you don't need to install GNOME. :-)

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RE: Why?
by berzerko on Fri 21st Apr 2006 16:24 in reply to "Why?"
berzerko Member since:
2005-11-11

I agree completely. Also, Dapper beta was just released yesterday, so is this (Xubuntu, Kubuntu, oranyotherbuntu release) really news?

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RE[2]: Why?
by mkools on Fri 21st Apr 2006 16:27 in reply to "RE: Why?"
mkools Member since:
2005-10-11

Why wouldn't it be? This is OSNews.
I'm sure there are enough people with interests to the screenshots, specs and releases of all Ubuntu flavor's, so mention them all or don't mention them at all.

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