How to install Xubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus

Xubuntu 16.04

Continuing with our tutorials to install Ubuntu flavors, today we have to do the one that explains how to install Xubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. Xubuntu uses Xfce graphical environment, which means that it is an agile operating system at the same time that it is highly customizable. For which computers would I recommend Xubuntu? Well, for computers with limited resources, but not so much that you cannot install an operating system that allows changes to be made.

I have to admit that the Xubuntu image seems very basic to me, in a way similar to Lubuntu, but unlike the LXDE version, many changes can be made easily as we would in the Ubuntu MATE that I like so much. As we have done in other articles, we will also recommend a couple of things for you to configure your operating system as you like the most.

Preliminary steps and requirements

As always, we go on to detail some preliminary steps that are worth taking and what it will take to install Xubuntu or any other Ubuntu-based distribution:

  • Although there is usually no problem, backup is recommended of all the important data that may happen.
  • It will take a Pendrive 8G USB (persistent), 2GB (Live only) or a DVD to create the USB Bootable or the Live DVD from where we will install the system.
  • If you choose the recommended option to create a Bootable USB, in our article How to create a bootable Ubuntu USB from Mac and Windows you have several options that explain how to create it.
  • If you have not done it before, you will need to enter the BIOS and change the order of startup units. It is recommended that you first read the USB, then the CD and then the hard disk (Floppy).
  • To be safe, connect the computer by cable and not by Wi-Fi. I always say this, but it is because my computer is not well connected to Wi-Fi until I make some modifications. If I don't connect it with the cable, I get an error downloading the packages while installing.

How to install Xubuntu 16.04

Unlike other distributions, when booting from the DVD / USB Bootable with Xubuntu 16.04, we will see that it enters directly ubiquity (the installation program). If you want to test the system, just close the installation window, something that I have done to be able to take the screenshots. Also remember that a screen may appear asking us to connect to the Internet if we are not. The installation process is as follows:

  1. We select the language and click on «Continue».

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  1. In the next window, I always recommend checking both boxes since, if you don't, when you start the system we will have to update and there may be things that do not work, such as support for our language. We mark the two boxes and click on «Continue».

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  1. In the third window is where we will choose what type of installation we want:
    • Update. If we had an older version, we can update.
    • Remove Ubuntu and reinstall. This can be an option if we also have another partition with Windows, so the installation will be done on top of our partition for Linux and will not touch the others.
    • Erase disk and install. If we have multiple partitions and we want to remove everything to have only Xubuntu 16.04, this should be our choice.
    • More options. This option will not allow creating, resizing and deleting partitions, which can come in handy if we want to create several partitions (such as / home or / boot) for our Linux.

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  1. Once we have chosen the type of installation, we click on "Install now".
  2. We accept the notice by clicking "Continue".

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  1. We choose our time zone and click on «Continue».

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  1. We choose our language and click on «Continue». If we don't know what our keyboard layout is, we can click on "Detect keyboard layout" and write in the box to check that everything is correct.

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  1. In the next window, we will put our username, team name and our password. Then we click on «Continue».

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  1. We wait.

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  1. And finally, we restart the computer.

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What to do after installing Xubuntu 16.04

Install and uninstall packages

For me, this is a norm. All operating systems come with software that we will never use. Why do we want a light system if we are going to saturate it? It is best to release ballast. To do this, we open the menu (top left) and look for "software" to access the Xubuntu Software Center, where we will see the packages we have installed and check if we want to uninstall any. As for the packages that we will install, below you have some personal recommendations that are almost the same that I recommended in its day for Ubuntu MATE:

Software Center

  • Synaptic. Package manager.
  • Shutter. An advanced tool for taking screenshots and editing them later.
  • GIMP. I think there are plenty of presentations. The most used "Photoshop" in Linux.
  • qbittorrent. BitTorrent network client.
  • Kodi. The media player formerly known as XBMC.
  • UNetbootin. To create Live USBs.
  • GParted. The tool to format, resize and, in short, manage partitions that I do not understand how it is not installed here or in other distributions.
  • RedShift. Eliminate blue tones to help us sleep at night.
  • Clementine. An audio player based on Amarok, but more simplified.

Add custom launchers

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It is also a maxim for me. There would be nothing wrong with the start menus if we didn't have to take a walk before clicking on the application we want to run. If we have to access a specific one several times a day, that walk becomes long, so it is worth creating ties. For example, we go to the start menu and, instead of clicking on the application we want to launch, we secondary click and choose "Add to panel". If it is not in the position we want, as is the case in the previous screenshot, we secondary click on them and drag them. If we cannot because there are other icons blocking our path, we right click on these icons, uncheck the box that says "Block to panel" and, now, we move it.

The menu that you see in the previous screenshot is the one that appears when we secondary click on the upper panel. If we want to add new elements, such as a shortcut for the "xkill" command (which I used while writing this post) to close any rogue applications, we will do so by right clicking and choosing Panel / Add new elements ...

Have you installed Xubuntu 16.04? What do you think?


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  1.   Angel said

    I have been using Xubuntu for more than a year and I love it, when version 16.04 came out I installed it.

    I can't get the SAMBA server to work, does anyone know how to do it or an alternative?

    The bluetooth application does not work very well for me either.

    Thank you

  2.   JADE (Outra Jade who likes BTS too) said

    Thank you.

    I greatly appreciated. = D

  3.   Joshua Pictures said

    any office that works in this distro?

  4.   baetulo said

    Hello
    I have installed xubuntu on an old aspire 3000 machine. Everything works fine for me except the configuration of the screen that only accepts the minimum resolution 800 × 480. I have searched everywhere for a solution and there is no way I can change it. Naturally the images go off the screen.
    Any help please !!
    Thank you very much.

  5.   David G. said

    I don't know if they have noticed it, but the distribution is XXX (Xubuntu Xenial Xerus)

  6.   Angel Rodriguez Rodriguez said

    Angel, I like Xubuntu 16.04, but I have something that I can't do with it, is that I can't burn CDs or DVDs, that's why I would be very grateful if someone knows how to get me to record and erase what was recorded to use the DVDSW again rewritable would greatly appreciate it.
    A warm hello to Linux lovers in general.
    ANGEL RR