Monthly Archives: July 2012

At a Glance: Lubuntu 12.04

So far, most of my posts on this site have introduced readers to Lubuntu, a lightweight variant of the popular Ubuntu distribution. I wrote guides to installing and using Lubuntu in the early months of 2012. At the time, the current version of the distro was 11.10. However, Ubuntu and its official variants are on a six-month release cycle, so by now, 11.10 is no longer the new kid on the block. That distinction now falls to Lubuntu 12.04, which was released on April 26.

12.04 doesn’t change much, so you should still be able to follow the previous installation and setup guides without a hitch—of course, you’ll need to use an updated version of the Lubuntu CD image, which you can download here. In the interests of keeping readers up-to-date, however, I’d like to cover some of the changes made in the latest and greatest version:

Lubuntu’s new login manager eliminates the need to type in one’s user name.

  • Lubuntu Software Center has been included in the default installation. The Software Center provides a sleek and easy-to-navigate interface for finding and installing new programs.
  • The login manager has been updated, providing a new look. I wasn’t all that fond of it at first, but I’ve grown to like the new login screen. User names are now displayed on screen, eliminating the need to manually type in the correct user name at each and every login.
  • As is typical for Lubuntu releases, a new theme has been created. Lubuntu still sports its trademark blue, but 12.04 gives the theme a much brighter spin.
  • Finally, although it’s probably dependent on your hardware, 12.04 shuts down much faster for me than 11.10, which tended to hang for about 5-10 seconds during the shutdown sequence.

Stay tuned in the future for some simple things you can do to get up and running with Lubuntu 12.04.