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Xubuntu LinuxAbout Xubuntu

Xubuntu is an official variant of Ubuntu which is specifically targeted at old or low-end machines.  This is primarily achieved by using the Xfce desktop environment rather than the memory intensive GNOME or KDE.  Memory requirements are also reduced by using mostly GTK+ 2, helping to reduce the number of libraries.  This helps to reduce the memory requirement to just 128 MB RAM, significantly lower than Ubuntu or Kubuntu

To run the Desktop CD (LiveCD + Install CD), you need 128 MB RAM to run or 192 MB RAM to install. The Alternate Install CD only required you to have 64 MB RAM.

Xubuntu 7.10 Key Facts

Canonical Ltd and community developers
Free to download
18 October 2007
Installation Media:
CD (1) - ISO, Torrent, and Jigdo
Architectures supported:
x386, x86-64
Package Management:
Adept Package Manager
Official Website:

GNOME 2.20
Xfce 4.4.1
OpenOffice 2.3.0
Evolution -
Gimp 2.4.0rc3
Python 2.5.1
Apache 2.2.4
PostgreSQL -
GNU Compiler Collection 4.1.2

Other Features include:
  • Xubuntu System Tools for GUI system administration
  • Abiword, a lightweight, but full-featured word processing application
  • Thunderbird, Mozilla's stand-out email application
  • Pidgin, an instant messenging client formerly known as gaim, compatible with the Yahoo!, AOL, MSN, Jabber, and IRC networks.
  • Xfce4-terminal, a full-featured terminal application
  • Mousepad, a lightweight text editor
  • Orage, an i-cal compliant calendering application
  • Xfburn for creating cd's and dvd's
  • Numerous Xfce panel plugins, including plugins for weather reports, system information, and more


7.10 (current release) Wordpress, (Slovak)
7.04, Gnuman, Linux DevCenter
O'Reilly, Tectonic

Selected Websites

Other Official Websites
Xubuntu Wiki, Xubuntu (Italian)
Xubuntu Blog
Support/Forums, Xfld

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