Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ubuntu variantions

In last few years Ubuntu has become a very popular Linux distribution. It's very user-friendly, powerful, but also lightweight. Basically it contains only one window manager - Gnome. This is because the founder of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth didn't want Ubuntu to be too complex. Thanks to this it is also possible to have Ubuntu on one single CD. But there are many people, who prefer other window manager like KDE rather than Gnome. For those people there many Ubuntu variants available. Now let's have a look at those variants.
  • Ubuntu is the standard edition with Gnome
  • Kubuntu is basically a usual Ubuntu, but with KDE.
  • Xubuntu uses Xfce as a windows manager and tends to be more lightweight.
  • Fluxbuntu with Fluxbox as a windows manager
  • Edubuntu is designed to be used in schools and for education.
  • UbuntuLite should be extremely lightweight and easy to use.
  • Ubuntu CE is a Christian edition of ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Muslim Edition is self-describing

So as you can see, Ubuntu is very flexible, though most people will be just fine with Ubuntu or Kubuntu, which are the most usual variants. Please note, that you can have some combined version as well. For example you can use KDE in Ubuntu as well. It may be simply installed by typing 

sudo apt-get install kdebase

 to your console. So it's up to you to decide which version you would like to use, but as you can see it's not a big problem it you change your mind later.

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