With the upcoming 10.04 release of Ubuntu and its various variants, a new variant has been added to the list of official variants – Lubuntu. Like Kubuntu and Xubuntu, Lubuntu is basically Ubuntu with another desktop environment. Lubuntu uses LXDE as its GUI, as opposed to GNOME which is used in Ubuntu.
LXDE is a very light desktop environment that is rapidly gaining quite a few followers. LXDE stands for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. Advantages of LXDE are:
- It is extremely fast.
- It is both energy and system resource efficient.
- It runs well in systems with low configuration.
Since LXDE is making an appearance in the official Ubuntu family for the first time, here are some screenshots of Lubuntu 10.04 Beta:
The some of the default applications in Lubuntu 10.04 are:
- Image Viewer – GPicView
- File Manager – PCManFM
- Graphics – MTPaint
- Music Player – Aqualung
- Web Browser – Chromium
- Terminal – Lxterminal
You can view the proposed final application list at the Lubuntu Wiki.
[image credit: Open Source Critic]