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Mario Behling has announced the release of Lubuntu 13.10, a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that provides the minimalist LXDE desktop and a selection of light applications.

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.).

 

Lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such users may not know how to use command line tools, and in most cases they just don't have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions.

 

With many LXDE components, Lubuntu also uses well-known applications, such as Firefox, Openbox, Pidgin, to name a few. The Lubuntu project wiki contains more information on the project and the applications used available.

 

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Download Lubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamander” via Distrowatch:

 


Mario Behling has announced the release of Lubuntu 13.10, a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that provides the minimalist LXDE desktop and a selection of light applications: "Julien Lavergne has released Lubuntu 13.10. Features: based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment; PCManFM - a fast and lightweight file manager; Openbox -a fast and extensible default windows manager of LXDE; LightDM using a simple GTK+ greeter; Firefox as the new web browser for Lubuntu 13.10; based on Ubuntu 13.10. Improvements since Lubuntu 13.04: new version of PCManFM and libfm (1.1.0) including a built-in search utility; artwork improvements, including new wallpapers, community wallpapers and new icons; removed Catfish since PCManFM has its own search utility; fixed a very old bug causing GNOME MPlayer to crash with some CPUs; several fixes for the GPicView image viewer." Read the rest of the release announcement for system requirements and known issues. Download: lubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso (702MB, SHA256, torrent).

 

Applications.

There may come a time, especially when trouble-shooting, when you need to launch any of the applications listed below from the command line rather than by selecting it from a menu. Here's a small one-liner to generate a list of application names and their associated commands.

 

This one-liner will cover only those programs that have .desktop files in /usr/share/applications:

 

sed -nrs '/^\[Desktop Entry\]/d;/^(\[|Name=|Exec=)/p;${g;p}' /usr/share/applications/*.desktop > ~/Desktop/Names-n-Commands.txt

 

When you run the command given above from a terminal, it will create a list of application names paired with their respective commands in a text file called Names-n-Commands.txt and this file will be on your Desktop for ready reference.

 

Graphics.

    Paint : MTPaint Paint and edit Graphics, resize, etc.
    Simple Scan

    PDF reader (Document Viewer) Open PDF and CBZ files.

 

Sound & Video.

    Mp3 player : Audacious

    Videos : Gnome MPlayer Playback video files.

    Webcam : guvcview

    CD burner : Xfburn Also DVDs

 

Internet.

    Web browser :Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome

    Email Client : Sylpheed

    Instant Messenger : Pidgin also IRC & micro blogging

        IRC guide for Pidgin

    Bittorrent : Transmission

 

Office.

    Word processor : Abiword

    Spreadsheet : Gnumeric

    PDF reader (Document Viewer) Open PDF and CBZ files.
    Planning Calendar : Osmo

 

Accessories.

    Terminal: LXTerminal The command line interface.

    Archives: Archive Manager Opens, extracts, unzips, Zip and Tar files. Does not include unrar package.

    Character Map View glyphs of installed fonts, and pick characters.

    Disks: Disk Utility Format and mount Disks

    File Browser: File Manager (PCManFM) Browse directories and files.

    Calculator: Galculator

    Notepad: Leafpad Text editor.

    Notes: xpad Simple note taking.

    Image Viewer GPicView Display picture files.

    File Search Catfish Search your computer for file, search contents of files.

    Screenshot: scrot a simple and lightweight application to take screenshot for your desktop and the file will be saved on your Home directory by default.

 

Installed Tools.

System Tools.

    GDebi Package Installer If you downloaded software in a .deb file, this will install it.

    GParted Allows you to move partitions and check your disk for errors.

    IBus Start IBus, the service for input method entry.

    Lubuntu Software Center A user-friendly app store, one of many ways to install software.

    Print Settings Add a new Printers using CUPS.

    Synaptic Package Manager

    System Profiler and Benchmark Identifies your computer hardware

    Task Manager Close unresponsive programs.

    Time and Date Allows you to set time zone, time of day.

    Update Manager Keep Lubuntu Updated

    Software Updater Keep Lubuntu Updated. Same App, new name.

    Users and Groups Manage user accounts and change passwords

    XTerm Another terminal emulator.

    Windows Wireless Drivers] GUI installer for Ndiswrapper. Allows the use of Windows network drivers on 32-bit Linux.

 

Preferences.

    Additional Drivers Have Ubuntu look for more drivers for your hardware. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/17495/how-to-add-proprietary-drivers-to-ubuntu-10.04/ In 12.10 this app has been moved to the Software Sources program.

    Bluetooth Manager Connect to Bluetooth devices http://blueman-project.org/

    Customize Look and Feel Default font, icon theme, window and mouse pointer appearance

    Desktop Session Settings Select programs and services automatically run at startup.

    Desktop Preferences This is identical to right-clicking on the desktop and selecting preferences. This is Lubuntu/PCManFM desktop preferences.

    Disk Utility or Disks Disk Utility Format and mount Disks

    Input Method Switcher Input Method Switcher Select input method of asian characters

    Keyboard and Mouse Mouse acceleration, Key repeat rate

    Keyboard Input Methods IBus Input Asian characters.

    Language Support Language Support Add new languages to Lubuntu user interface, switch them, change number formatting.

    Lxkeymap: LXKeymap Change keyboard layout from American to French, etc.

    Monitor Settings LXRandR Change screen resolution

    Network Connections: Same as right clicking nm-applet's 'Edit connections' Network Manager https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NetworkManager0.7/

    Openbox Configuration Manager obconf Window style, Window title fonts, Window Animiations, Double-clicking title bar

    Power Manager: Xfce power manager Suspend PC when inactive, Lock screen when inactive, laptop screen brightness, power button

    Preferred Applications: Set default web browser and mail client.

    Screensaver: XScreenSaver Configure screen saver

    Software Sources: Software Sources Manage sources of software packages, or your system's repositories.

 

Screenshots.

 

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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