[xubuntu-users] Going from Kubuntu to Xubuntu

Vincent imnotb at gmail.com
Sat May 24 08:54:10 UTC 2008

On Sat, May 24, 2008 at 12:34 AM, Andrew Kane <googoleyes at gmail.com> wrote:

>     Just to be clear:
>         1- Is it necessary to add a repository before installing
> xubuntu-desktop from within kubuntu?

No. Though if you're using 8.04, you'll need to enable the universe
repository (i.e. in Applications->System->Software Sources, check the
checkbox in front of "Community-maintained Open Source software (universe)".
For 8.10, I believe this will change (i.e. the repositories will be
renamed), but that's still half a year away ;-).

>         2- Is there a substantive difference between installing
> xubuntu and just installing and using xfce4 over an ubuntu system?

When installing xubuntu-desktop you get all applications and settings that
are installed on Xubuntu by default. If you just want to try Xfce, it might
be an idea to just install that and choose that from the session chooser;
however, you will then only be able to use the applications that were
already installed in an Xfce environment.

>         3- I'm consdering installing xfce4 on top of an ubuntu-server
> install, and installing things piece by piece from there (*after* I
> get my hardware problems sorted). I'm wondering whether I should use
> the "alternate" or "server" iso's for the install. I'm not clear on
> the difference between them. My laptop has a "mere" 248MB RAM, so I
> want to conserve it as much as possible- without trying to tackle Arch
> again.

Well, the "server" install is just that. The alternate install results in
the same installation as you'd get when you install using the Desktop CD,
it's just the installation process that differs (i.e. using a text-based
interface instead of a graphical one).

>        I welcome anyone's comments. Currently running Mandriva (yuck)
> on this machine, but it will likely be a day or two before I reinstall
> xubuntu or ubuntu.

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