Desktop Distributions

Xubuntu, XFCE lightweight desktop

Xubuntu is an elegant and easy to use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. Xubuntu is perfect for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks with a modern look and enough features for efficient, daily usage. It works well on older hardware too.


  • Lightweight interface that uses less memory and cpu than most other spins
  • Clean and easy to use user interface
  • Good selection of easy to use third-party applications
  • Menus and interface in general are very configurable


  • User Interface can be a little ‘quirky’
  • Some built-in applications like the file manager are maybe not as comprehensive as those available with other spins
  • Tools and accessories are sometimes a little less polished than the competition
  • Interoperability with Gtk and KDE is ‘interesting’ in places

About the author

Gareth Bult

Gareth is a long time Linux User and enthusiast and currently works for Mad Penguin Consulting Ltd as a Full-stack / Python developer.