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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

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Introduction
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

Xubuntu has always been one of my favourite distributions. It doesn't look as glamourous as some of the other linux offerings out there and it certainly doesn't come with all the software you need pre-installed.

The thing that Xubuntu gives you is a great base to start from.

If you are the sort of person who likes to customise the look and feel of their desktop then XFCE is definitely the best desktop environment for this.

If you are low on system resources or you like to keep things nice and slick then XFCE is again a great option.

Xubuntu therefore has a head start on many of the other top Linux distributions because the XFCE desktop is installed by default.

There is no doubt that when it comes to hardware compatibility, ease of use, stability, ease of installation and a large community, Ubuntu is hard to beat.

Xubuntu is an official flavour of the Ubuntu Linux distribution so you get the best of Ubuntu but with the XFCE desktop installed instead of Unity.

If you want to be the one to choose the applications that come with your distribution then some other distributions come lots of applications pre-installed that you may not need.

Xubuntu comes with the bare essentials and beyond the small core of default inclusions it is up to you to find and install the rest.

This for me is why Xubuntu has always been a great distribution. Start with a simple base installation and customise it to be what you want it to be.

How To Get Xubuntu

You can visit the Xubuntu website at http://xubuntu.org/


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

The download page can be found at http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/

There are two versions available. The LTS version is 16.04 and is the one most people will want to go for unless you like updating your operating system every 6 months.

The other version is the one I am reviewing today which is version 16.10.

You can either download a torrent in order to get the ISO file or you can visit one of the mirrors.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

If you choose to download from a mirror click on the appropriate ISO. For example click on the amd-64.iso file for 64-bit or i386.iso for 32-bit.

There are lots of guides for showing how to create bootable Linux USB drives:

This one shows how to create a Ubuntu one but it will work with Xubuntu You can also try this one which is for Xubuntu Or you can even try this one If all this seems too much trouble you can also buy one from here .

Installation
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

Installation of Xubuntu, as with other flavours of Ubuntu, is relatively straight forward.

If you have installed one, then you can generally install any of them.

Start off by choosing the installation language.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

You will be asked whether you want to update as you go and whether you wish to install the third party codecs and tools which enable you to play MP3 audio and use proprietary drivers.

You need to be connected to the internet in order to do either of these things.

Again It is relatively straight forward and covered later on in the review.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

If you have a spare unallocated disk partition and you have windows installed you will see the option to install Xubuntu alongside Windows in a dual boot setup.

You also get the option to install Xubuntu as the sole operating system and you can also choose something else which lets you partition the way you want to.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

The next step is to choose where you live. This sets your time zone so that the clock is set up correctly.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

Two steps to go.

Choose your keyboard layout by choosing the language and keyboard configuration.


An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

Finally create a default user.

Enter your name, give your computer a name, set a username and then enter and repeat a password.

Xubuntu will now install and you should be good to go.

First Impressions
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

Xubuntu starts with a blue desktop with a single panel at the top. You will also see all of the drives that are available on your computer as icons on the desktop.

At the top of the screen is a single panel.

The left corner on the panel has a single icon (picture of a mouse) which when clicked brings up a stylish, lightweight but fully functional menu known as the Whisker menu.

The top right corner has icons for notifications, power settings, bluetooth settings, network settings, audio settings and a clock.

Connecting To The Internet
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

You can connect to the internet by clicking the network icon on the panel. A list of wireless networks will appear and you can connect to one by clicking on it and enter the password for the network.

I have installed Xubuntu on my Lenovo Ideapad Y700 which is quite modern. Many distributions have caused subtle issues with wireless connectivity which I have had to work around.

Xubuntu 16.10 works without having to make any modifications.

Drivers
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

It is worth looking for additional drivers which may be available for your computer.

Quite often the default option will be the open source drivers which are decent enough but if you have a good graphics card then it is worth installing the proprietary drivers.

You can find the additional drivers setup screen by opening the menu and searching for additional drivers.

If you see a driver appear for your graphics card and it says not working then I recommend sticking with the default graphics driver.

Printers
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

I have an Epson WF-2630 wireless printer. Xubuntu was able to find the printer straight away and installed the drivers relevant for the printer.

I printed test pages and the output was perfectly adequate.

Network Attached Storage
An Everyday Linux User Review Of Xubuntu 16.10 - A Good Place To Start

I have a WD MyCloud Storage device which is accessible over a wireless network.

You can access the device using the default file manager called Thunar. It is worth noting that when I clicked on Network to show devices the WD MyCloud device showed up but when I clicked on it I received an

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