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Howdy again! Today we are going to look at Lubuntu. Lubuntu isn’t actually an official release of ubunut but still based of ubunut. its using ubuntu 10.10 as its base and a LXDE desktop.
Lubuntu is said to be good for netbook cause of its light weight and easy to use with out alot of processing. I disagree.

Lets first cover the distro.
Lubuntu doesn’t really have any special features. Its practically ubuntu with a few minor changes and a new name.
The distro has a few different applications such as aqualung for a media player and mtPaint for its photo/paint editor. Which is just about it.
The theme in this distro is okay. its good a great blue wallpaper, which matches the blue theme of lubuntu. The icons are amazing though. i really thought the icon set in this distro was very unique.
There was not application manager installed. Meaning all installs would be packages or terminal. Which isn’t an issue, but if someone new to linux tried this, it would be an awful experience.
Wifi worked fine no issues with that. chrome was the only browser installed. Which is great! i enjoy chrome a lot. One thing i did find an issue with is, no flash. Adobe said flash was a plug in already installed, but i couldn’t get youtube to work out of the box. Sure i could have spent time trying to figure it out, but i want an easy distro that can have a simple thing like flash working.
When i record a video review of a distro i install recordmydesktop and record the review. Well in this distro i couldn’t get the damn thing to work. I would move my mouse the recordmydesktop would fail. I would open up chrome same thing. it was causing me great issues. I even at one point recorded the entire video without moving the mouse and when i went to end it, the applicaiton crashed. this got me awfully stressed with the distro. I was able to manage a 35 second video which is below of the distro.
When i tried converting the .ogv to mp4 the converter kept crashing. When i finally got the converter to work Gnome player wouldn’t play the video. It just kept giving me error. So i tried another video, another error.
It was getting to the point were i can officially call this distro a buggy one. If you were following the Distro it just got out of beta 3 so how come no one thought to maybe put off the official release?
Anyways, i am sure if your new to linux and you picked this distro up for the first appearance of linux you would never enjoy the great power of linux.
Overall i would give this distro a 5/10. Its got promise but too many bugs. Its based of 10.10 ubuntu, so i don’t understand how you can mess up that bad. Hopefully in the future we can see a real enchancement on this one.
Good luck Lubuntu!
Download:
http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-10.10.iso
-John Riselvato
Pastelinux

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