34 thoughts on “Lubuntu 11.04

  1. Just to add :

    Ubuntu software center could be download through synpatic package manager and it is totally functional šŸ˜‰ and there is also lubuntu software manager, still in test phase i guess…

  2. Looking for Ubuntu alternatives as the Unity system is just too shocking.

    Doesnt anyone ever store stuff on their desktops anymore? Hellooo? It's called a desktop and i for one store temp folders and files there that i works with and sort out. If desktop work area gets ganked like this in the latest ubuntu 11.10 then it's a game-breaker for me. And no, basic folder navigation wont do. I'll forget my stuff there. after all they are 'temp files'.

    Lubuntu is something i'll try.

  3. Nice review. To the who should use it list I would add virtual machine users. It has taken me quite a while to find a distro that would run on VirtualBox without annoying glitches or without beginning to stutter after a while, yet still being easy to install and complete. I am quite satisfied with Lubuntu now.

  4. I use Lubuntu exclusivly, it takes me a while to get it setup on a new(to me) machine because I tweek it quite a bit. There is a ginormous amounts of info on the web on the how too's. I use some things from ububtu like the package manager. I also installed firefox becasue of functionality but only use it about half the time.

  5. I can confirm that Lubuntu 11.04 runs very well on a low-spec machine. I recently installed it on my vintage HP rig which has a 500MHz processor and 500MB RAM. I was pleasantly surprised. Lubuntu 11.04 runs faster than the latest PCLinuxOS lxde (2011.06). Anyone who's skeptical should install Lubuntu 11.04 and run hdparm.

    My only gripe is that Lubuntu 11.04 still has poorer automatic menu organisation than PCLinuxOS lxde.

  6. I've installed Lubuntu 11.04 on more than one old Pentium III, most with 512 MB of RAM or even less. It runs well. I was even able to watch online videos.

  7. I am liking Zorin OS 5 Lite which is built on Lubuntu 11.04. Inside of Zorin was XFburn but not like it was in XFCE on the Debian Squeeze version of LXDE. It looked a cross between K3B and the burner that used to be in XFCE. Ubuntu used to have Kpackage. What a motley crew of packages. Funny thing happened when I tried to install the Alpha 3 DVD of Lubuntu 11.10. The Alpha asked me if I wanted to upgrade the Lubuntu 11.04 inside of Zorin to 11.10 or if I wanted to upgrade Zorin to 11.10. Or I had the option to erase everything and start with a fresh install of Lubuntu 11.10. The difference was between the live DVD option (Try) and the (Install). Lubuntu as of the Alpha 3 is an Ubuntu version. But it doesn't have it all together, yet. It still has some conflicts. The options it gave me was its way to resolve some of those conflicts. But through all three it is not quite there, yet.

  8. I hope it's stays "un-bloated"; I like things like synaptic -it works.

    ….hernce LXDE + Ubuntu = L"ite"ubuntu

  9. Cool review. I've installed Lubuntu-Desktop on my computer and removed Ubuntu-Desktop, it's now Lubuntu! On a PC with 1GB and a Celeron processor, Lubuntu works so good, differently of Windows 7 (600MB), Ubuntu Unity 11.04 (320MB) and Kubuntu (390MB). Lubuntu only uses 150MB with Compiz effects, themes, screenlets and Google Chrome open. On a PC with 16GB and Core i5 (PC of my cousin) Lubuntu works very good, the same 150MB, with 15,85GB to run programs, games and others. I recommend Lubuntu for all that have slow PC's, medium PC's and fast PC's to see Lubuntu flying in your machine :-)

  10. @ Adam Hunt:

    I will most certainly try it out once I find time. Three days with Bodhi Linux 1.1 and it has crashed a number of times. It would crash all of a sudden if I reduce the size of my Firefox 4.01 browser or scroll down a page. I was also using the same Firefox version on my earlier installed PCLinuxOS lxde and did not have this kind of problem. Some apps also seem to dislike the Enlightenment Desktop, such as epdfviewer or wammu. I probably won't even try Lubuntu 11.04 liveCD but just install it and overwrite Bodhi. The Enlightenment Desktop is fast and elegant but I can't suffer the instability.

  11. Can anyone confirm if I can install Lubuntu 11.04 on my vintage IBM (Pentium III) with 1.2GHz processor and 500MB ram? Or would it be better for me to install Lubuntu 10.04 (LTS) instead?

    I am not certain about the architecture of my system, hence the questions.

  12. Jim, I'll give Bodhi a couple of days to prove its worth. I'll try Lubuntu 11.04 and the new mysterious distro you mentioned. Incidentally, my workstation is a vintage IBM with 1.2GHz processor and 500MB ram. So it's either lxde or Enlightenment for me.

  13. Barista, you'll have to make up your own mind about Lubuntu 11.04. I think it's very good but so is what you are using. Not sure what to tell you between the two.

    There is another distro based on Lubuntu 11.04 that you might find interesting. I can't discuss it right now because it hasn't been released yet. Check back here tomorrow sometime and I'll have a review of it up. It's a bit different so you might find it fun to play with.

    I can say no more.


  14. I've just replaced the broken PCLinuxOS lxde on my workstation with Bodhi Linux 1.1, which uses the Enlightenment desktop. So far I am quite satisfied with Bodhi. Any compelling reason to switch to the latest Lubuntu edition? I've tried Lubuntu before but wasn't impressed.

  15. Jim: I know you have noted the lack of the Ubuntu Software Center in this and the 10.10 releases of Lubuntu, but have you ever checked out why the Lubuntu team is using Synaptic instead? Checking the System Monitor on an Ubuntu or Xubuntu installation using the USC will show you why. Even on a 2.66 GHz Intel CPU the USC will max the CPU out, even when it is idling. Bottom line is that USC is a CPU hog and doesn't belong in a lightweight distro.

  16. I don't like xbuntu or lubuntu because things like video and sound just don't 'work'. I've only gotten audio to work through HDMI for me once and it is crucial for me as I use multiple machines and it is so easy to have audio and video to go through one cable. When I want to use LXDE or XFCE I just wait for the latest and greatest Mint versions of those. I use XFCE on my Pandora(it is the default) and will probably use it on my desktop this next Ubuntu based Mint. On my Atom box I see a BIG improvement on speed when I use the slimmed down desktops. I always say I'm going to use light desktops on all my machines but I'm always pulled in with Gnome. That might change with Gnome 3 until it gets a few releases under it's belt.

  17. I was kinda hoping for a basic system distro, then the installer could check boxes to see which programs and GUI they wanted to use. that way we could have it both ways. If it wouldn't work one way we could uninstall that and install something else. Most of the stuff I don't use that comes with a distro. I don't listen to music on my computer or watch movies. Mostly internet usage and documents.

  18. Do this : install Xubuntu, remove GNumeric and AbiWord, install Libre. Install Orta, Faenza, Nautilus Elementary :
    Use a nice background, play a little with the bottom panel and the top panel and see if you like the end-result …. Otherwise, play on.

    By the way, docks are nice : Avant the best, but you do can do it all with just the bottom panel …. Just to put you on the track … Nice weather in Ireland, by the way …. šŸ˜Ž

  19. Hi Jim, thanks for the great review.

    I just downloaded the Lubuntu ISO and gave the live Cd a quick spin.

    First impressions are good.

    However, I have a few questions I'm unable to solve with my own brain:

    1. Why is Lubuntu so big, at 682 MB it's about a full cd, just like Ubuntu and many other distros. But Lubuntu has no LibreOfice (-120MB?) and lacks most of the big apps that come standard in other 1cd distros.

    2. Did you have a look at the Ram and cpu usage? From my former experience with Lubuntu and from reading another reviewer, it seems cpu usage is very low, but Ram usage is higher than one would expect. I fail to understand why it uses 200-300 MB's of Ram, just iddling, with no apps running. Especially since it is "sold" with the promise of ultralight Ram usage (under 100MB)

    Thanks again :happy:

  20. Jim Lynch wrote:

    Hi Hassle,

    I have not forgotten Xubuntu, it’s on my list but there have been a few others I’ve been looking at. It never rains but pours eh?

    I'm all for seeing stuff about the other derivatives, but from my standpoint, Xubuntu is the first one I look at, Kubuntu the second, and the others fall in line after that. Both Xubuntu and Kubuntu have been solid, but Xubuntu gives you just enough of a full featured system so that you don't have to monkey with it too much (unless you want to), Kubuntu offers more than enough, though it does it well, and Lubuntu, while nice and light, really isn't a complete system, compared to ones similar in size and function, such as Absolute Linux, antiX, and Peppermint OS One, which are also light and fast, but a bit more feature complete.

    Lubuntu makes a good, solid foundation, and in fact, Peppermint builds on it, but unless all you do is the Web, you probably will be adding packages to Lubuntu, whereas antiX, Peppermint, and Absolute are complete enough at least for basic, lightweight computing.

  21. Hassle wrote:

    Only one thing, after all the u.reviews, and some l.reviews, it is time to review xubuntu, as it the most perfect ubuntu release without unity, give it a try …. it seems to me, nobody wants to know …Well, now you know.

    I agree!

  22. Hi Hassle,

    I have not forgotten Xubuntu, it's on my list but there have been a few others I've been looking at. It never rains but pours eh?

    šŸ˜‰ :whistle:

  23. Only one thing, after all the u.reviews, and some l.reviews, it is time to review xubuntu, as it the most perfect ubuntu release without unity, give it a try …. it seems to me, nobody wants to know …Well, now you know.

  24. Great points about LibreOffice, Raphael. There's definitely a distinction between those using older hardware and those running Lubuntu simply because they prefer a minimalist interface. Either way it works out okay since LibreOffice is available for download so everybody can pick and choose what they want.


    Now I'm off to sip some coffee as I just woke up and am only semi-coherent right now. :sleeping:

  25. As you wrote, Lubuntu is intended for older and slower computers (also Netbooks). Libre Office doesn’t work well on this machines, that is, it works, but it is extremely slow, especially when scrolling in a document or when trying to open a large presentation project. Abiword works much faster, but I agree, that it doesn’t have all the qualities that Libre Office has. My solution is to use Latex (not just because Libre Office is slow, but especially because it fits more to my needs). Because new Linux users will prefer a MS Office “replacement”, I think including Abiword in Lubuntu was not a bad decision. And as to spreadsheets programmes, I personally prefer Gnumeric over Libre Office because I think that many functions are better implemented in Gnumeric than in Libre Office Calc. And it is more lightweight.

  26. OK, OK I am going to check it out and see how it works on an old PC I found splattered with cement in my brother's shed. It was bought in 1999…..yeah OK. Old. I should use Puppy Linux on it, but I am gonna see how Lubuntu copes. I am new to the world of alternate operating systems. But I am catching up by messing about.

    Your reviews of operating systems are very helpful. Thank you.

  27. I do not expect too much from a light distribution except the flexibility to modify it, and Lubuntu does extremely well on that count, enough so that one of my favorite light distributions, Peppermint OS One, is based on the core code found in Lubuntu, with a few Mint tools and home grown features added in.

    As it stands on its own, I'd be more inclined to use this if I wanted another system to use to build my own setup, but I'm all set there, so I tend to use Kubuntu and Xubuntu a lot more than Lubuntu, and they tend to come with a bit more software. But there is no question, without a doubt, that Lubuntu is the lightest and snappiest distribution in Canonical court!

  28. Heh, heh. Yeah, you raise a good point Podsgrove. I was a bit inconsistent there, but I couldn't help myself.


    I guess we all want what we want and I like to see some cool wallpaper in a distro. Ha.


  29. I was amused at the way you commend Lubuntu for being bloat free just after having complained about the lack of alternative wallpapers!

    I fall into the catagory of 'disgruntled Ubuntu user' and so gave Lubuntu a try and so far I am pleased with what I have found. It does hang occasionally but I think that has more to do with the clunky old put-together-from-bits-and-pieces machine I have been testing it on than any bug in the operating system.

    I like the plain, empty, icon-free desktop and the concise, easy to navigate menus which I think they are much more what distraction free computing is all about rather than the whole-screen displays of gigantic icons that Unity and Gnome3 use.

Leave a Reply