Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Posted by Gary Newell |  at 21:37 No comments
In my previous article I listed 5 reasons why you should switch from Windows XP to Lubuntu 14.04.
Simply reading my article isn't enough of a reason for switching your operating system. How do you know that Lubuntu would be a decent choice? Other people might be saying that Lubuntu isn't at all suitable.
Personally I think Lubuntu is great, especially for low end computers short of RAM. Lubuntu lends itself perfectly to netbooks and I wrote an article when Lubuntu 13.10 was released explaining why.
Shortly I will be showing how to try Lubuntu out without messing up your current Windows XP installation. Before I do though I thought I would list a few alternative reviews so that you can get a fully balanced opinion.
There is a blog out there that occupies a similar space to this one and writes articles for people who are non-technical. That blog is called "Linuxed" and can be found at http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.co.uk/.
The Linuxed blog is written by Arindam Sen who is an Indian national living in Bangalore.
Arindam has written a very good review about Lubuntu 14.04. I think you should read it before moving forward because there are some interesting points such as possible WIFI problems.
The review covers aesthetics, hardware recognition, software repositories, installation, performance and pre-installed packages.
Arindam has given Lubuntu a rating of 8.6/10.
Reading the review is imperative to understanding how that score came about.
Softpedia is a site that covers many different areas and focuses on everything from Windows downloads to Linux distributions.
It includes tabs for Drivers, Windows, Linux, Mac, Scripts, Mobile, Handheld and News.
In the Linux section there is a review of Lubuntu 14.04.
The Softpedia review is more upbeat than the Linuxed one but is also more generic in its praise. There is no mention of any issues with the WIFI settings.
Softpedia's assessment is much more aligned to my own personal viewpoint in that the review states that Lubuntu is perfect for older hardware.
Jim Lynch is one of the best in the business at writing Linux based reviews and has been doing it for as long as I can remember.
Jim has written a review of Lubuntu 14.04 on the Desktop Linux Reviews site.
This review has a number of screenshots of Lubuntu, a snippet of the description from Wikipedia, sections on installation, the included software and it also highlights the known issues within Lubuntu 14.04.
The overall impression was a good one stating that Lubuntu 14.04 performs well and is a great choice for minimalists.
Whilst I agree with this assessment it is also a good replacement for Windows XP to keep that old hardware running well.
The next article in this series will show you how to create a live disk with Lubuntu so that you can try it out for yourself.
There will also be an article with a quick overview to show what issues I found when I installed it on my Samsung R20 laptop.
Thankyou for reading.
About the Author
Gary Newell started the Everyday Linux User blog in 2010 and has written reviews on dozens of different Linux based operating systems. He has also written a number of tutorials.
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