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What flavor of Ubuntu do I choose?

In coming weeks Microsoft will forget Windows XP, its operating system that is still prevalent among desktop computers. Therefore in ubunlog we have decided to continue the initiatives of many and carry out an own initiative, for this reason we will make a series of posts to facilitate the way for many who wish to change the Windows XP by Gnu / Linux or by Ubuntu. The process will not be painful, all it takes is a PC with Windows XP, an internet connection to read these articles and a lot of desire to read.

What are Ubuntu flavors?

If you have come this far you will already know what a Gnu / Linux distribution is, but even so it is very possible that you do not know what the «flavors»From Ubuntu or«flavor«. A flavor of Ubuntu is a Gnu / Linux distribution that is based on Ubuntu, it is actually Ubuntu but with a specific desktop or with specific tools or intended for a specific type of computer. The behavior of flavors in Ubuntu is very similar to Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional versions, they were the same operating system but one was came with more software than the other.

Ok, I'm starting to understand Ubuntu's flavors, but what flavor do I choose?

There are many flavors of Ubuntu, each flavor has a specific purpose and without going into technical details I will briefly mention its characteristics:

  • Kubuntu. It is Ubuntu with the KDE desktop, it is a desktop oriented to the end user, that is, it is very easy to use and to «find»Things, however this has a problem, it needs a fairly powerful team. If our computer does not have at least 1 Gb of Ram, its use or installation is not recommended.
  • Ubuntu Gnome. It is a taste similar to Kubuntu, but instead of using KDE use Gnome 3 as the default desktop. Although Gnome is a very intuitive desktop, it is not as user-oriented as it comes from Windows, but it still needs a powerful computer.
  • Edubuntu. Edubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that specializes in the educational world. Its main feature is the pre-installed software that has the possibility of installing it in an educational class, requiring very simple equipment but depending on a very powerful central computer.
  • Xubuntu. Xubuntu it is the flavor of Ubuntu dedicated to computers with few resources. Xubuntu it uses the XFCE desktop which is lighter than previous desktops but not intuitive for users coming from Windows.
  • Lubuntu. It is another flavor of Ubuntu that is dedicated to teams with few resources, let's what is meant by «old computers«. The difference with Xubuntu is on your desktop, Lubuntu uses LXDE, a very light desktop that looks very similar to Windows XP so it is very easy for Windows users to adapt.
  • Linux Mint. Linux Mint is not currently a flavor of Ubuntu. It was born as a flavor, the menthol flavor of Ubuntu, which had its own desktop and specific software, but little by little and with the help of its followers. Linux Mint became independent and it is currently considered a Gnu / Linux distribution since it is totally independent of it.
  • [upgrade] Ubuntu. Another option to consider is the distribution itself, Ubuntu. The main desktop is Unity and although it is repudiated by many, it is a simple and very powerful desktop, whose purpose is to give comfort to users who come from another operating system, for that reason it has that vertical dock, similar to the Mac OS.
  • UbuntuStudio. This flavor is intended for those who like production, be it musical, graphic, multimedia or simply related to the world of letters. From each previous sector, UbuntuStudio it has a toolkit that it installs by default. Thus in the case of graphic production it has Gimp, Blender, InkScape and MyPaint; so on with each production issue. The bad thing about this flavor is that not very suitable for teams with few resources, but instead it's a great flavor for powerful rigs.

Lubuntu, the winning flavor

To carry out this series, we have chosen Lubuntu, a flavor of Ubuntu for all computers and that also has a visual appearance similar to Windows XP. Throughout this series we will see how to change Windows XP by Lubuntu, learn how to use it and configure it to our liking, as if Windows XP it was


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  1.   Frames said

    A couple of fixes, mate: The first one, missing, at the very least, UbuntuStudio. And the second that, at least as far as I know, Linux Mint has NEVER been a flavor of Ubuntu.

    And although it does not look like Windows XP and is not a derivative flavor as such, I suppose Ubuntu could also be an alternative for many.

    A greeting!

  2.   federico perales said

    Where is Ubuntu "normal" or Ubuntu that unknown to many, ... yes, the one that comes with UNITY? Don't count to recommend it? LOL. Anyway, it's a good article. Greetings. =)

  3.   Jorch Mantilla said

    A very good article, for those who want to take the step, but I lack Ubuntu with unity… ..

  4.   Joaquín García said

    Hehehe, forgive me. Sometimes the trees do not let you see the forest and this has happened to me with normal Ubuntu. I've been so focused on flavors that I've forgotten to talk about Ubuntu. Now I change it. As for UbuntuStudio, I thought that the project had been abandoned, but I have seen that it has not, thanks for the touch Frames. Regarding the issue of Linux Mint, you are absolutely right Frames, it really did not come out as flavor, but neither did some distributions like Xubuntu or Fluxbuntu, because when Canonical came out they had not regulated the term "buntu" or the official status of the flavors. However, in practice, the first versions of Linux Mint worked as such. I have also mentioned it because in many documentation it is still found as the "mentholated Ubuntu". Thank you all for the comments and for following us, if you can stay tuned to the blog, because soon there will be surprises. All the best!!!!

  5.   Ismael medina said

    Excellent comments, what do you tell me about Elementary Freya, have you recommended it to me? After stopping using Windows, I am fascinated by free software ...

  6.   Antonio said

    I have Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit installed I am delighted with it, I receive updates
    regularly, it hangs from time to time, but it does not worry me much, I am a private
    and although I have used it for some years, I have only learned to create, format partitions and do the installation, with the DVD, the console can only be used if I have the data
    but if when installing them I get a problem, it is quite rare that I can solve it.
    The question is:
    They recommend me to update to some new update.

  7.   Manual said

    Thanks for the article, you always learn something new. Thanks a lot.