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Review of Xubuntu 6.06 Beta (Dapper Drake)


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#1 Linoman

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 10:06 PM

Having reviewed (K)Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) I thought I should at least try out Xubuntu. On the same system that I have Dapper Drake Beta installed I decided to install Xubuntu. This review is on Xubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake Beta. Xfce has been supported in Ubuntu's universe since hoary. The difference now is that the Ubuntu project wants to make Xubuntu an official sibling of Ubuntu. This would mean having live and install cd images for Xubuntu.

This product is still Beta and does not reflect the quality of the final product.

First thing I did was in a terminal I typed "sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop" downloaded all the required files. It took about +-4 hours. Logged out and logged into Xfce.

I have never used Xfce desktop before; as a result I was very eager to try it out.

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Xubuntu 6.06 Beta (Dapper Drake) uses "Xfce 4 Desktop Environment
version 4.3.90.1 (Xfce 4.3 UNSTABLE)"

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First thing I noticed was how quickly Xfce started up. In my experience neither Gnome or KDE has ever booted up at such a speed. Xubuntu's desktop looks like a hybrid between Gnome and KDE (Of cause this is not a hybrid but is Xfce). A Gnome looking panel at the top and a slim downed version of KDE's taskbar at the bottom. Xfce looks very interesting indeed.

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Xfce menu is simple but well categorised. All of my Gnome and KDE apps were listed under the correct sub-menus. KDE and Gnome applications load at relatively the same speed in Xfce as if I was running Gnome or KDE.
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I immediately discovered that Xfce uses Thunar as its file manager. Thunar has no added features, in fact it is very simple but it does get the job done.

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Looking for a particular application in Xfce's menu can be a nightmare especially if you have Gnome and KDE applications installed. This is where Xfce 4 Appfinder comes in handy. Type in the name of the app you looking for and like magic it comes up.

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Xfce also includes a basic task-manager. It shows all of the services the system is using. (Similar to task-manager found in Windows)

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Xfce also includes:

Xfmedia (A basic multimedia player, with the correct codecs installed can play mp3's, mpeg's etc)

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Orage (Basic calendar)

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Mousepad (Text editor)

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If your system runs slowly using Gnome or KDE then try out Xfce. On the other hand if you think Gnome or KDE is bloated and you wish you could have a desktop that was like either Gnome or KDE. Then Xfce is for you. Xubuntu is a welcomed member of the Ubuntu family. I look forward to Xubuntu 6.06 final.

For more informaton visit
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu

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#2 x2p

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 10:42 PM

the boys has skills,nice work watch out vista crew lol

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#3 Neon

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 02:12 PM

Another interesting guide. Thanks Lino!

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 04:20 PM

I'm overly impressed with linux lately!!!

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 07:51 AM

Linux has advanced a lot latley. Infact it almost feels as if it has all happened at once

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 04:26 PM

OMG Lino's on during the week... HELL FORZE OVER!!!

but on another note... I look forward to trying some new Linux OSes soon... I just gotta get the laptop working right....

#7 Linoman

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 09:34 AM

ShadowFox hehe yes I checked in at school. Cough cough. Btw get your laptop working asap. lol

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 10:28 AM

i know ill be more impressed with linux when i learn how to use it! lol

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 01:06 PM

ohh I'm waiting on E-BAY to end this auction :) buddy then we can chat :headset:




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