Mon, 22. April 2013 – 11:52

Looks like there are still variants of Ubuntu out there, which are suitable as a desktop system:

The objective of the Lubuntu project is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI.

Lubuntu is targeted at PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware that, in most cases, just don’t have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the “full-featured” mainstream distributions. Members of the team take care of LXDE and other packages that are part of Lubuntu. Lubuntu received official recognition as a formal member of the Ubuntu family, commencing with Lubuntu 11.10.

With the release of Ubuntu 13.04 only a few days away, Ars Technica ran an article reviewing the various flavours, which are quite a few. I have to admit that I pretty much dropped Ubuntu as choice for a desktop system with the introduction of the Unity desktop – all installations since then have been server configurations with no graphical environment. However with the considerably more lightweight LXDE I am at least tempted to do another test installation and have a look around.