If you’ve recently installed Lubuntu 12.04, you’ll notice that the distro comes with a bunch of applications included by default—enough to cover all your basic web browsing, e-mail, media player and word processing needs. Chromium, an open-source version of the popular Google Chrome browser, is included as the default browser in 12.04. Chromium is fast, elegant, and feature-filled, and most users will probably find it perfectly suitable for them. (In fact, according to some reports, it has recently surpassed Internet Explorer as the most popular browser on the planet.)
However, if you want to use something besides Chromium, there are other options out there. My browser of choice for the past seven or eight years has been Firefox. Mozilla’s popular open-source browser is fast and has a ton of useful add-ons you can download and install. Plus, you don’t have to worry about Google tracking every move you make—a key feature for those of us who are concerned about privacy in the digital arena.
If you prefer to use Firefox, it’s very simple to replace Chromium with another browser. Read the rest of this entry
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 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.