Monthly Archives: April 2012

Six things to do after installing Lubuntu

If you’re reading this, I assume you’ve successfully installed Lubuntu onto your hard drive and have gotten to know the user interface. You might be feeling a bit overwhelmed from the installation experience, so the idea of doing even more fiddling around might not appeal to you at this moment. However, there are several helpful things any user should consider after making a fresh install of Lubuntu.

#1: Update

This is probably the most important thing you need to do. Fortunately, it’s also one of the simplest. Go to the menu, hover your mouse over System Tools, and select Update Manager. Update Manager will then check the Ubuntu repositories for updates. If you didn’t update during the install or if any updates have appeared since then, a list of programs will appear. Click “Update” at the bottom of the screen and your computer will do the rest.

By default, Lubuntu will check for updates automatically. If any are available, it will bug you about it, so you probably won’t have to manually update the software unless you want to. It’s good to know how to do it, however, and it’s especially critical to download updates after installing Lubuntu so any bugs can be fixed. Read the rest of this entry

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Getting to know Lubuntu/LXDE

Now that you’ve installed Lubuntu, you’d probably like to know how to actually use it. Lubuntu uses LXDE (which stands for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), which is what you interact with on screen. The LXDE desktop is laid out fairly similar to Windows, with a panel gracing the bottom of the screen.

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Installing Lubuntu: A step-by-step guide to dual-booting

Once you’ve downloaded Lubuntu and burned it to a CD, you’re ready to install it onto your computer. For this guide, I’ll be showing you how to install Lubuntu alongside Windows on your computer, something known as dual-booting. One advantage to dual-booting is that you can always switch back to Windows without losing any data if you find you don’t like Linux.

Before starting, make sure your computer is plugged into a power source. I would also highly recommend that you connect your computer to the Internet using an ethernet cable as opposed to relying on a wireless connection. This won’t be an issue for those with desktops, but most people using laptops rely on a wireless connection. Unfortunately, your wireless connection more than likely won’t work out of the box with Lubuntu, which will prevent you from downloading updates during the install. If you have a wireless router, simply unplug the ethernet cable from the router and plug it into your laptop to ensure you’ll be connected to the Internet.

Insert the CD containing Lubuntu into your computer’s disc tray and reboot. If all goes well, the computer should automatically boot up using the CD. The disc will take several seconds to load, and shortly you should be presented with the following screen: Read the rest of this entry

Where to find Lubuntu: Downloading and burning to CD

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, one of the best reasons for switching to Linux is speed. Linux can breathe new life into an old computer that’s struggling to run Windows, extending its life and allowing it to remain usable for years to come.

Lubuntu is a distro that will do exactly that. A variant of Ubuntu, Lubuntu provides a faster, lighter experience than its parent distro while still offering all the advantages of Ubuntu: an easy install, lots of programs to choose from, and a wide variety of online help.

Lubuntu can be obtained in a couple of ways: You can order a CD and have it mailed to you, or you can just download the distro yourself and burn it to a CD. Ordering a CD saves you from having to download a large file, which is something to consider if you have a slow Internet connection. The cost is negligible, too: At the time of writing, OSDisc.com is selling a CD containing the latest version of Lubuntu for $2.35, plus a couple bucks in shipping. Read the rest of this entry