LUbuntu is a new dedicated official Ubuntu derivative. In the past LUbuntu was just a package to be installed on a normal Ubuntu installation, but since version 10.04 they have there own standalone version.
What is Lubuntu?
Lubuntu is meant to be a lightweight linux distribution. Just like the other *buntus, the first letter refers to the used desktop environment, which is in this case LXDE. Lubuntu tries to be really lightweight. Before this Xubuntu was seen as lightweight, but in reality it wasn't really anymore, Xubuntu is, in fact, almost as heavy as the regular Ubuntu.
It's still the old Compaq Armada E500 as in my almost 2 years old review about lightweight Linux distributions.
- CPU: Pentium 3 – 600 MHz
- Memory: 512 MB
- Hard drive: 10 GB
- Optical: Toshiba DVD SD-C2502
- VGA: Ati Rage Mobility P/M
- Sound: ESS ES1978 Maestro 2E
- Wireless: Dlink DWL-G630 (pcmcia; RaLink RT61-chipset)
In this review I tested Lubuntu 10.04 Beta 3, which is in fact the same as the Release Candidate, “We are now close to the final release, this beta should be the last one before final release. The status of this final release is not determined yet ("beta stable", "rc final" ...), that's why its a beta and not a rc like other *buntu. However, final release is still planned for the end of this month, or in very early May”
Just like all other Ubuntu variants, the installation is very easy. The whole operating system is installed in seven steps. After selecting your regional settings, you are able to partition your hard drive(s). After that you can create your first user and than the copying of the files begin. After approximately 20 minutes the system is ready to boot!
The system boots really fast, in about 60 seconds the system is booted from Grub to desktop (including a manual login!). After boot, only 50 MB of memory is in use
By default Lubuntu uses 'Clearlooks' as theme. It's easy on the eyes and is modern looking. Of course it is possible to install/use another theme using the OpenBox Configuration Manager. Because this distribution gathers small/fast applications from everywhere the GUI isn't always consistent, but it isn't al that bad .
Lubuntu 10.04 is simply amazing. I never thought my good-ol' laptop could be that fast. During my testing period I did not ran into any problems, everything just worked... With other distributions there was always something that I didn't like, but this time it's just perfect. It's almost embarrassing to be this positive, but I suggest: test it yourself, you won't be disappointed!