Help! Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu or XFCE?

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Having been a die hard Microsoft user since the days of DOS, I finally decided it’s time to dive into Linux. After seeing the power of Knoppix V5.0.1 I decided it’s time to load up a flavor of Linux Desktop. But which one? Should it be Ubuntu, Kunbuntu, Xubuntu or XFCE ? Or perhaps another Linux flavor of the day. I will be loading Ubuntu 6.06.1 later this evening if I can stay awake long enough. After reading about Ubuntu at ubuntu.com I have decided to give it a shot. They also offer a server version which looks equally impressive. Since many versions of Linux are running off of the same core, it’s hard to decide which flavor offers the best performance and features. If anyone in the Linux community can shed some light on the subject it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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2 thoughts on “Help! Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu or XFCE?”

  1. Well, for starters (and someone correct me if I’m wrong), Xubuntu is simply Ubuntu running the XFCE desktop environment. As for desktop environments, all three (Ubuntu being GNOME, Kubuntu being KDE, and Xubuntu being XFCE) are very good. XFCE is geared towards older machines, but don’t let that stop you. KDE bears more resemblance towards the Windows look and feel, while GNOME is closer to the Mac OS look and feel.

    I personally use GNOME because I like how it looks. GNOME is designed to have fewer options for customization, which I believe makes it easier to use than KDE. KDE on the other hand, while slightly harder to use, has lots more ways to customize your desktop. Done right, KDE can look pretty slick too.

    In the end, it is your choice as to what you use. Try all three, and stick with the one that feels right! And by all means, keep seeking out other peoples’ opinions!

  2. Let me welcome you to a world of reliable computing. I suggest you either seek information on Wikipedia, see some screenshots or try all 3/4 and see which one suits you best. Programmers and advanced users like KDE, but it’s not for everyone…

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