Xubuntu is a community developed operating system that combines elegance and ease of use.
Xubuntu is an elegant and easy to use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.
Xubuntu is perfect for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks with a modern look and enough features for efficient, daily usage. It works well on older hardware too.
Chapter 1. What is Xubuntu?
A short introduction
Xubuntu is a community-developed, Ubuntu-based Linux operating system.
Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.
It is perfect for those who want to make the most of their desktops, laptops and netbooks, featuring a modern look and enough features for efficient, daily usage. It works well on older hardware too. Find out more at the Xubuntu website.
About the name
The “X” in Xubuntu stands for Xfce, the desktop environment in Xubuntu. While the word “ubuntu” denotes the dependency on and usage of the Ubuntu core, it also represents the philosophical core of the operating system. A rough translation of the word ubuntu is “humanity towards others”. To read more about the philosophy and ideals behind Ubuntu and Xubuntu, please refer to the Ubuntu Philosophy page.In addition to using the Ubuntu core, Xubuntu also uses the infrastructure kindly provided and sponsored by Canonical Ltd., a company founded by Mark Shuttleworth.
The Xubuntu version numbering scheme is based on the distribution release date. The first part of the release denotes the year while the second part denotes the month. For example, the first official Xubuntu version was released in June, 2006, thus its version number was 6.06. The latest Long Term Support (LTS) version is 16.04, codenamed Xenial Xerus.
Learn more about what makes Xubuntu
The Xubuntu project is entirely committed to the principles of free software development; people are encouraged to use free software, improve it, and pass it on. You can find out more about free software and the ideological and technical philosophy behind it at the GNU website.
Linux was brought to life in 1991 by a Finnish student named Linus Torvalds. The Linux kernel is the heart of the Xubuntu operating system. A kernel is an important part of any operating system, providing the communication bridge between hardware and software. Read more about Linux at the Linux kernel website.
Xfce is the lightweight desktop environment used in Xubuntu. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. Xfce embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and re-usability. Read more about Xfce at the Xfce website.
Xubuntu System Requirements
Minimum system requirements
To install and use 64-bit Xubuntu, you need an Intel or AMD 64-bit processor with at least 512 MB of memory. You can also try Xubuntu with a USB or DVD with the same amount of memory. Keep in mind that running the system from a USB or DVD will be slower than an installed system.
When you install Xubuntu, you need about 8 GB of free space on your hard disk.
Your 32-bit processor needs to support PAE in order to run the 32-bit version of Xubuntu 18.04.
Recommended system resources
To get a smooth experience when running multiple applications parallel on the desktop, it is recommended to have a 1.5Ghz Dual Core processor with at least 2 GB of memory.
It is recommended to have at least 20 GB of free space on your hard disk. This allows new application installations as well as saving your personal data on the hard disk in addition to the core system.