Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 1st Mar 2011 16:39 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu Linux has millions of fans. What's not to like? A free operating system with ten thousand free applications, websites covering everything you might ever want to know, tutorials, active forums, and more. Yet for all these benefits, situations pop up when you want a faster, lighter operating system. Perhaps you have an older computer, or maybe a netbook or a mobile device. Wouldn't it be great to have a lightweight Ubuntu? That day has finally arrived. Lubuntu offers a way to stay in the Ubuntu family -- with a product that performs better and uses fewer resources.
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Is this not old?
by judgen on Tue 1st Mar 2011 18:41 UTC
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I know LXDE has matured for a while, but i am pretty certain that Leszek Lesner has made Lubuntu videos on youtube for a certain while. ( i think for over a year ) And it feels like it is just gnome. The speed difference in my oppinion is not that different either.

If you want fast, easy to use and rather pretty, pick ubuntu net-boot, install amiwm and Xorg, slap a good wallpaper on it and pick the prettiest non-pixbuf gtk+theme you can find on Then install whatever apps you like, disable the system tray functionality on app basis, then learn to use the awsomeness of virtual screens in amiwm.

This is what i would do on a 500mhz pc, not use Lubuntu. But i digress, i am not like most other people on this matter.

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RE: Is this not old?
by gan17 on Tue 1st Mar 2011 21:55 in reply to "Is this not old?"
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Agree with you. Mini.iso is the way to go, though I'd personally go with a Debian netinstall if I wanted apt.

Slitaz would still get my vote over any other "out-of-the-box" distro for older hardware, though. Crux would be a good choice if you could find the time to get it configured.

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RE: Is this not old?
by UglyKidBill on Tue 1st Mar 2011 23:31 in reply to "Is this not old?"
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>> pick the prettiest non-pixbuf gtk+theme you can find on

Any recommendations?
Or better yet, any way to easily tell themm appart from the pixbuf/heavy ones??
Or does it mean using only gtk1 themes?


Edited 2011-03-01 23:32 UTC

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RE: Is this not old?
by ml2mst on Sat 5th Mar 2011 04:57 in reply to "Is this not old?"
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Yes it is a bit old news since Lubuntu has been around for about a year or so.

I for one installed Debian "Lenny" from a net-install disk and installed Xorg plus LXDE, on a old Pentium II compatible with only 64 MiB EDO-RAM. Of course this isn't a speed demon but hey it works :-)

Thanks for your information on amiwm. Sounds Amigaish. Will give it a try.

The minimal system requirements for Lubuntu are 128 MiB RAM.

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