Lubuntu is Lite

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And Lovely. Or Laudable. Or … other wonderful things beginning with “L”!

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My old Toshiba laptop was badly in need of help. It’s a Satellite Pro A100, with 1.40GHz CeleronM processor, 40Gb harddrive, and 1Gb RAM.

Windows had long ago ceased to run on it (although to be fair, in those days it had just 256Mb RAM), so I had been using the 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” release of Ubuntu on it. This was quite nice and gave me a usable machine. But the audio was flakey, and it was getting old. Unfortunately, the version was no longer supported, but it was the most recent release of Ubuntu this machine would run.

That all changed this month, with the release of Lubuntu 11.10. Lubuntu beautifully meets the project objective “to create a variant of Ubuntu that is lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient” than any other. And so it seems to be.

This machine now not only runs, it has zip! And up-to-date apps. And a bright future! “W00t” is, I believe, the technical term. :)

There are five comments:

  1. 1

    jackie wrote on Sun, 9 Sep 2012

    Me again,

    I have tried Xubuntu on the old laptop and it did not work as expected. After few apps installed it began to feel slugish so I removed it and put XP back.

    After a few months, XP started (expected behavior) to run very very slow so I took some time and explored the wast linux land and found Slitaz linux.

    It's very light (35MB), has its own package manager, uses LXDE with Openbox and can be installed on anything you like.

    After two weeks it's still stable and fast. Opens Libre office within seconds!

    We have similar configurations for laptops so you can test this as live cd :)

    Anyway, I miss "apt-get anything" and currently thinking of downloading wattOS which is also ubuntu based, LXDE+Openbox remix.

    I'll pop back if I do make any progress but for now, Slitaz will do.


  2. 2

    David wrote on Wed, 2 May 2012

    Just to note that this old Tosh is now running Linux Mint 12 LXDE, as it seems to be happier with Flash in browsers than Lubuntu. Still, it was Lubuntu that introduced me to LXDE, and I still follow its development.

  3. 3

    jackie wrote on Sat, 21 Jan 2012

    Never tried lubuntu, only regular ubuntu and xubuntu. I too have an oldie laptop , with a difference of stronger processor (Celeron 1.7GHz).

    I tried xubuntu on it and it almost died :)

    Got to try that lubuntu...

  4. 4

    ActionParsnip wrote on Sat, 14 Jan 2012

    LXDE is the bom on any hardware dude. Shazzam!!

  5. 5

    David wrote on Sat, 11 Aug 2012

    And an update, just for the record, that with the demise of LXDE as an option in Linux Mint 13 -- an LTS release -- I've moved to Xfce which, to my surprise (and perhaps I shouldn't have been), runs very very nicely. It's at least as fast and possibly lighter than LM 12 LXDE. And I have had zero "random hangs".

    So far, so good!

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