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Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu and so on are getting lots of attention but it seems everybody is forgetting about Xubuntu so I decided to make a screenshot tour of Xubuntu. I never used XFCE so my notes are from the point of view of someone used to Gnome (so I'll underline the difference between XFCE and Gnome too - or Ubuntu and Xubuntu if you want).

The default theme (well, actually style) in Xubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Beta 1 is Albastross and the icons are Xubuntu Elementary (you can see these throughout all the screenshots in this post):

xubuntu 10.04 screenshots

Xubuntu 10.04 Lucid beta 1 login screen:

xubuntu 10.04 lucid beta 1 login screen screenshot

Xubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Beta 1 comes with Thunar 1.0.1 as the default file manager:

A very interesting aspect about Xubuntu is that all the previous wallpaper are still available in Xubuntu 10.04:

xubuntu 10.04 screenshots

And now comes the most interesting part: almost all the applications which most people are used to and have been removed from Ubuntu 10.04 are still available in Xubuntu:


xubuntu 10.04 screenshots

- Pidgin as well as Thunderbird (which has never been in Ubuntu as a default application, but most people use it instead of Evolution):

xubuntu 10.04 screenshot pidgin thunderbird

Xubuntu 10.04 now comes with a music player I enjoy very much - Exaile:

xubuntu 10.04 exaile screenshot

Of course, Xubuntu couldn't escape the new default search engine for Firefox - Yahoo:

xubuntu 10.04 firefox yahoo screenshot

Since it comes with so many quite heavy applications, Xubuntu 10.04 had to respect it's name for being a lighter Ubuntu (even though that's not exactly the case anymore) so it comes with Abiword 2.8.1 (and not OpenOffice, obviously):

xubuntu 10.04 abiword screenshot

If you're missing the option to show the icons in the menus and buttons (which was removed from Gnome and is no longer available in Ubuntu 10.04 Appearance properties), you'll be glad to know there is such an option in XFCE (and thus Xubuntu 10.04), as well as lots of other stuff which has been removed from Gnome (Ubuntu 10.04):

xubuntu 10.04 screenshots

I've been saying this so many times my ... fingers hurt =) Ubuntu really needs an option to allow new users to switch the buttons back to the left. Well, Xubuntu has this already, even though it's window buttons are still on the right:

xubuntu move window buttons screenshot

XFCE compositing manager:

xfce compositing manager screenshot

Xubuntu 10.04 beta 1 also comes with Gigolo, a frontend to easily manage connections to remote filesystems using GIO/GVfs. It allows you to quickly connect/mount a remote filesystem and manage bookmarks of such:

xubuntu gigolo screenshot

And an option I really really wish they would implement in Gnome (there are some hacks but it doesn't work properly): an option to have 2 rows (or more) for the notification area:

notification area xfce screenshot

The default screensaver in Xubuntu 10.04 beta 1 (an aquarium of cone-fish):

xubuntu 10.04 default screensaver screenshot

Xubuntu Log Out / Restart / Shutdown, etc. dialog:

xubuntu 10.04 shutdown dialog screenshot

Writing this post made me realize how many things that I miss are in a default Ubuntu 10.04 installation and also wonder why Xubuntu isn't more popular than Ubuntu since I found so many advantages it has over it's big brother - Ubuntu. Hopefully other blogs will follow and give Xubuntu a bit of attention too - it really deserves it!

Tip: to navigate between the screenshots using a nice gallery, wait for the page to load completely, click the fist screenshot and then move to the next / previous screenshots using the arrows at the bottom of the browser page.

Download Xubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Beta 1: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/lucid/beta-1/