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A Little About Xubuntu

Xubuntu is a light-weight adaptation of Ubuntu designed for older hardware and laptops. It featured a similar desktop environment to Ubuntu, but required less than half the resources to run smoothly. 5 year old hardware can run Xubuntu with ease making it a great choice for those who wish to try linux, but lack modern hardware. Xubuntu uses the Xfce desktop environment which share many charactoristics of Gnome but requires fewer resources. Also Xubuntu has a different software set than Ubuntu, so there is a lesser load on the system when running multiple applications.

Pre-Install Checklist

Before you actually install Xubuntu you are going to want to make sure that you have done the following.

  1. Do You Have The Xubuntu Live CD
  2. Have your Windows Install Disk (If Applicable) if anything goes wrong (all ways have something familiar to fall back to)
  3. Back Up Your Data Off Site
  4. When Dual Booting Windows Vista Or 7 always use the Windows Disk Management tool to partition your computer. Do not allow the Ubuntu installer to install Ubuntu Side  By Site. this is fine with Windows XP but will break Vista and 7.
  5. Have some way of getting help if something goes down hill. I.E. Another working computer.
  6. Make an account at so you can post your problems there.

Xubuntu Live CD [IMPORTANT!]

Before you can even consider installing Xubuntu you need an install CD or DVD these are rather easy to obtain and or create using your computers CD/DVD burner. Basically you need some kind of installation media. You are not limited to a CD or DVD but you can also use a USB Flashdrive or a Memory Card.

Below is the video tutorial covering the creation of an Xubuntu Live CD from Windows. For the tutorial below we will be using the Imgburn application. Download Imgburn Here . As for creating a Bootable USB Flashdrive please see this post.

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Installing Xubuntu

In this video tutorial we will be looking at installing Xubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. This video uses the default settings to install Xubuntu as your default operating system. This is both the simplest and most effective way of using Xubuntu. Please be aware that by installing Ubuntu in the manor shown in this video… your data will be completely erased. Backing up said data is a mandatory act.

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Xubuntu Basics

The videos below are designed to demonstrate the basics of using Xubuntu.

Installing Updates In Xubuntu

This is probably the most important step after installing Xubuntu. Because there are always last minute changes made after the final release is sent to the public it is important to update your computer immediately after installing Xubuntu. Of course you will be notified of any updates after you check the first time.

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Installing Applications In Xubuntu

Naturally after you go through the effort to install Xubuntu you are going to want to install replacement applications for those that you gave up when you switched. This is made easy by the Ubuntu Software Center. The Ubuntu Software Center should be fairly self explanatory, but for the sake of the Site I have to have a video on it for those who might need it. This is the same Ubuntu software center found in Ubuntu.

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Changing The Appearance Of Xubuntu

This one may be the most fun of all the basics tutorials. It shows you the interface for customizing the look of Xubuntu. The control panel is conveniently located at the top of the menu. In the video below we will be looking at changing the Theme, Background, and Font of Xubuntu from the Xfce4 Settings Manager.

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How To Install Xubuntu 10.04

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In this Ubuntu Video Tutorial we will be looking at installing Xubuntu 10.04 using the default settings found in the installer. Please understand is process does require you to format your data in the process of installing Xubuntu, and that any data that you didn’t back-up will be lost. Xubuntu is a lightweight version of Ubuntu with lighter weight applications to make it more appropriate for older laptops. This is an excellent choice if you do not have a very powerful computer.


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