Friday, March 19, 2010

advanced ubuntu - lightening you desktop

For many users the default Ubuntu install and desktop is a good fit.

If you feel that you wish to deconstruct things a bit, or just get rid of some programs that are perhaps too feature rich, then read on.

I will use CD burning as an example:
  • Brasero ( default for Gnome )
  • K3b ( default for KDE3 and soon to be KDE4 reworked )
  • Xfburn ( designed with Xfce Desktop in mind )
  • Wodim ( the command line way )
Those 4 choices are really just a matter of personal preference. If you are running regular Ubuntu, then you will already have met Brasero. Exposure to the other programs is really dependent on your past use of desktops.

A couple of useful questions, that may help you decide on how 'heavy' or 'light' you like your CD burning application, are...
  1. What does Xubuntu use?
  2. What does Lubuntu use?
  3. What does Kubuntu use?
Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, can (for my purposes here) be viewed as a collection of packages.

A quick read of the dependencies for xubuntu-desktop, lubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop can give you a pretty good idea of what the non-Gnome alternatives for your application are.
Those alternatives might be a good place to start if you are fed up with your existing application or want a lighter alternative.

Note: I chose 'CD burning' simply because it provided a convenient example. It is not my intention to be critical of any of the 4 applications listed. As a GNU/Linux user I am privileged to benefit from such a wide choice of tools to get the job done.

The main aim of this article is to introduce the package listings for xubuntu-desktop, lubuntu-desktop, and kubuntu-desktop, as an additional source of information, to guide you, in finding alternatives for a particular application.

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