[xubuntu-users] What to Expect in Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (omgubuntu.co.uk)

Ali Linx (amjjawad) amjjawad at gmail.com
Wed Dec 4 12:47:50 UTC 2013

On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM, George DiceGeorge
<dicegeorge at hotmail.com>wrote:

> http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/11/expect-xubuntu-14-04-lts
> April next year will prove to be a pivotal month for many Linux
> distributions, but few are as best placed to build on their popularity as
> Ubuntu’s ‘lightweight’ spins ‘Xubuntu’ and ‘Lubuntu’.
> In spring of next year Microsoft will, finally, euthanise Windows XP.
> Support will officially end. No more extensions, no more updates. While its
> long-needed demise will be welcomed by many, it will, as a result, leave
> millions of PC owners adrift and at the mercy of malware and vulnerable to
> viruses.
> Tech evangelists, governments and mainstream journalists alike will find
> themselves dispensing advice about the seriousness of not using a
> ‘supported’ OS. And while most of this advice will consist of “buy a new
> PC” or “upgrade to Windows 8″, many will utter the ‘L’ word: Linux.
> When it comes to Linux most will simply recommend Ubuntu. But is that the
> best choice? While it’s not a given that computers currently saddled with
> Windows XP aren’t capable of running regular Ubuntu, its graphics
> requirements alone mean that a good margin of them will be better served by
> a lighter, more nimble incarnation.
> But what can users opting for one of those spins expect to find?
> Xubuntu 14.04 LTS
> We Love Xubuntu
> We Love Xubuntu
> The Xubuntu team are incredibly well organised when it comes to release
> planning.
> The biggest change present in Xubuntu 14.04 LTS will be the inclusion of
> xfdesktop 4.11, the desktop manager of Xfce. Now, I know that sounds
> boring, and as far as user-facing changes go, it sort of is. But all of the
> ‘under the hood’ improvements it brings are important in an LTS.
> Xfdesktop 4.11 features:
> •Memory leak fixes
> •Wallpaper cycling
> •Support for renaming multiple icons at a time
> •Additional removable device icons
> •Trash emptying fixes
> •Misc fixes and improvements
> You can see a full run-down of the changes in this Git commit log.
> Elsewhere on the desktop Xubuntu are planning on making the following
> changes:
> •Adding Mugshot user account profile editor app
> •Using MenuLibre (menu editor) instead of Alacarte
> •Using Light-locker (lock-screen) in place of Xscreensaver
> Also on the menu (if you’ll excuse the pun) is a proposal to ship Whisker
> Menu – a powerful XFCE app launcher replacement – by default. We recommend
> the Windows XP-style menu to you folks recently and, with an influx of
> Windows refugees on the way, adding it to the default desktop would be a
> smart move, helping converts feel at home.
> Lubuntu 14.04 LTS
> Lubuntu - Lightweight & Safe
> Lubuntu – Lightweight & Safe
> Lightweight LXDE-based Lubuntu will issue its first ever Long Term Support
> release in April 2014. As with Xubuntu and regular Ubuntu, it comes with a
> guaranteed five years of security patches, critical bug fixes and
> maintenance.
> Aside from putting focus on ensuring stability and performance of the
> distro aside, don’t expect too much change on the desktop front. LXDE
> itself is moving along fairly slowly, and while bug fixes continue to land,
> new features or big refinements are not.
> It seems the release is to follow in the footsteps of Xubuntu and use
> light-locker in place of xscreensaver. It’s a more elegant solution and,
> the team say, fixes a number some outstanding session-locking issues.
> Fans of overhaul needn’t worry, though. The following release, Lubuntu
> 14.10, will be far more revolutionary as the desktop looks to switch from
> using the regular GTK-based LXDE to a newer, cuter version powered by Qt.
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Not to bash OMG!Ubuntu! or anything but I have contacted them many times,
asking them to separate the word of: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/StartUbuntu

But, they refused saying that they always seek for 'news' that no one else
published and while they refused, Web Upd8 published and shared the word.

*"Project looks great! Stoked to see that some other community sites have
covered this over the last couple of days (i'm assuming you sent this mail
so several sites). Because we try to offer 'original' news/coverage (i.e.
not be the fifth blog to covering the same thing in the same week) I'll
hold off writing about this for now. "* - Joey.

So, not sure what their recent post is about :)

On a related topic, I have so far converted 5 machines for my neighbours to
Linux and if truth to be told, I have noticed Xubuntu to be more stable
than Lubuntu on these machines. But eventually, both L and X are the best
alternatives for Windows XP :)

Remember: "All of us are smarter than any one of us."
Best Regards,
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