Xubuntu is a complete GNU/Linux based operating system with an Ubuntu base. It is lighter on system requirements and tends to be more efficient than Ubuntu with GNOME or KDE. It uses the Xfce desktop environment, which makes it ideal for old or low-end machines, thin-client networks, or for those who would like to get more performance out of their hardware.
Xubuntu is shipped with top quality packages from the Ubuntu archives. Xubuntu will use, as far as possible, GTK2 applications, ensuring maximum efficiency. If you wish, you can install any KDE or GNOME application on your Xubuntu desktop system, as it shares the Ubuntu main and universe package selection.
Xubuntu is released regularly and predictably; a new release is made every six months.
A good balance
We believe that you should be able to utilize the maximum system performance to things you care about. Xubuntu is built around lightweight software with a lot of consideration for usability. Whether you have a high-end computer or even a moderately older machine, Xubuntu is able to provide you with a smooth and usable desktop experience. Benefiting of the Ubuntu hardware support, Xubuntu is able to work wonderfully with a wide variety of devices out of the box. Plug in your device, chances are it will work!
Ready to use!
Xubuntu has enough applications preinstalled for you to deal with daily tasks without having to install additional software. Applications that are preinstalled include a web browser, a mail client, word processor, spreadsheet editor, applications to handle your media like music, videos and photos as well as many useful tools. When you need more applications, games or tools, you can install them from the package repositories via the Ubuntu Software Center.
Xfce, the Desktop Environment of Xubuntu
The Xfce Desktop Environment is a project started in 1996. The Xfce mascot is a mouse, which is lightweight and fast. The mouse has heavily influenced the Xubuntu logo and artwork since the first versions. Alongside you will see a recent impression of the cute mascot.
Make the desktop your own
Apart from the application selection, you can control many more aspects of the operating system through the included Settings Manager. While the default artwork and themes are beautiful, you can always tweak them more to your liking. Don’t like the way your system works? You will find a number of different ways to customize the desktop functionality. Finally, you can personalize your computer by changing your user details.