The What is Xubuntu? page

Brian Burger blurdesign at
Sun Nov 8 04:17:47 UTC 2009

On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 10:11 AM, Jason Cook <jason.cook599 at> wrote:
> One way to explain it would be to say that it is Ubuntu but with KDE instead
> of Gnome.

Apart from s/KDE/XCFE, the trouble is that none of these actually mean
anything to those not familiar with Linux.

We might as well describe the frulmination of the fozgoader, for all
the sense "Ubuntu with XFCE instead of Gnome" will make to our
hypothetical not-using-Linux-yet audience.

Do remember that many people aren't even aware, really, of what an
"Operating System" is, evermind the fine details of Desktop
Enviroments, kernels, and the rest of the lunacy that's bread and
butter to you and I. By way of example, I have a roommate who doesn't
get "Windows updates" to his laptop. He gets "Vista updates, not

So when you're trying to describe the various flavours of *buntu,
seriously consider backing up a step or two, and describe how
Gnome/XFCE/KDE differ, not just that they ARE different.

(I keep wanting to write "xkcd" instead of XFCE. Web comics rot the mind.)

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