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What is the differrence between Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu?

AmberJain
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HELLO,

The title of this thread is my question i.e.

What is the differrence between Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu?

Plus, Does any other version of ubuntu exist?



I know that moderators may think that this is not the right forum for this. But I'm posting this thread here (in Cafe / Lounge (general discussions) Forum) as I need answer to this question urgently and as cafe/lounge is visited by most experts frequently, therefore I'm posting this thread here.

@MODERATORS-If you still think that this thread must be in Linux forum, then please move it there. SORRY for inconvinience.
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THANKS in advance...................
Aug 11 '08 #1
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Curtis Rutland
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Ok:
Ubuntu uses GNOME. A simple, functional window manager.

Kubuntu uses KDE: a heavier but more customizable window manager. Also, it uses some applications specially designed for the K Desktop Environment (KDE)

Xubuntu uses the Xfce windows manager. A much more lightweight environment. Also it uses smaller, lighter apps. It is great for an older system with less resources.

Edubuntu is (if I recall correctly) ubuntu bundled with educational applications.

There are more, like Icebuntu (IceWM) FluxBuntu(fluxbox wm) Mythbuntu (media functionality), and so on.

All of these distributions were forked from the original Ubuntu. There are others forked even further like Linux Mint, a customized version of Ubuntu designed to be visually pleasing and elegant.

But here's the basic deal:
If you have a decent machine, get Ubuntu. If you have a good machine and like tinkering, try Kubuntu. If you have an older machine, get Xubuntu.

And remember, you aren't locked down to the one you pick. If you choose one, and want to try the other, you can open a terminal and type:
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  1. sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
  2.  
and replace "ubuntu" with the one you want. Then when you log in you can change your session.

Hope that helps.

I'll move it to the Linux forum after some time.
Aug 11 '08 #2

Curtis Rutland
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I'd also like to add that you should get the current version (8.04 hardy heron) because it is a LTS version.
Aug 11 '08 #3

AmberJain
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Ok:
Ubuntu uses GNOME. A simple, functional window manager.

Kubuntu uses KDE: a heavier but more customizable window manager. Also, it uses some applications specially designed for the K Desktop Environment (KDE)

Xubuntu uses the Xfce windows manager. A much more lightweight environment. Also it uses smaller, lighter apps. It is great for an older system with less resources.

Edubuntu is (if I recall correctly) ubuntu bundled with educational applications.

There are more, like Icebuntu (IceWM) FluxBuntu(fluxbox wm) Mythbuntu (media functionality), and so on.

All of these distributions were forked from the original Ubuntu. There are others forked even further like Linux Mint, a customized version of Ubuntu designed to be visually pleasing and elegant.

But here's the basic deal:
If you have a decent machine, get Ubuntu. If you have a good machine and like tinkering, try Kubuntu. If you have an older machine, get Xubuntu.


Hope that helps.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH......I got the information I needed (from you ) in a timely manner.





And remember, you aren't locked down to the one you pick. If you choose one, and want to try the other, you can open a terminal and type:
Expand|Select|Wrap|Line Numbers
  1. sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
  2.  
and replace "ubuntu" with the one you want. Then when you log in you can change your session.
BTW, Please tell me whether its possible to switch to any other UBUNTU version without the need for CD of other versions of ubuntu?
I'm asking this question as I have ubuntu (hardy heron) CD but I own a older system and therefore if I install ubuntu and then type following at terminal--->

Expand|Select|Wrap|Line Numbers
  1. sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
Would this command lead me into Xubuntu without Xubuntu CD?





I'll move it to the Linux forum after some time.
No problems with that..........................



And yes, THANKS once again..........
Aug 11 '08 #4

AmberJain
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I'd also like to add that you should get the current version (8.04 hardy heron) because it is a LTS version.
Yeah I have Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy heron CD. Please answer following------>

Please tell me whether its possible to switch to any other UBUNTU version without the need for CD of other versions of ubuntu?
I'm asking this question as I have ubuntu (hardy heron) CD but I own a older system and therefore if I install ubuntu and then type following at terminal--->

Expand|Select|Wrap|Line Numbers
  1. sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
Would this command lead me into Xubuntu without Xubuntu CD?
THANKS........
Aug 11 '08 #5

Curtis Rutland
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In a way, yes it will.

It will download all the packages (might take some time) from the Ubuntu servers and install them. Then, you can change the session type at the login screen.

It's really not the same as having the CD though. It's better to download the Xubuntu CD and start with that, so you can get all the proper defaults set.
Aug 11 '08 #6

AmberJain
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In a way, yes it will.

It will download all the packages (might take some time) from the Ubuntu servers and install them. Then, you can change the session type at the login screen.

It's really not the same as having the CD though. It's better to download the Xubuntu CD and start with that, so you can get all the proper defaults set.
THANKS.............And yes, I will go for Xubuntu CD download.
Aug 11 '08 #7

Banfa
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I'd also like to add that you should get the current version (8.04 hardy heron) because it is a LTS version.
If you happen to have an older version installed (7.10 for instance) can you upgrade to the new version via the package manager or do you have to start again getting a new CD (or iso image to make your own cd)?
Aug 11 '08 #8

Curtis Rutland
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Check this article to tell you how.

EDIT:
Where it tells you to run the command, use Alt-F2 to bring up the run prompt.

I'd say go the GUI route, because I don't like manually editing my sources list.
Aug 11 '08 #9

Banfa
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Actually it turns out, run your copy of Ubuntu and waita couple of minutes for the update manager to notice there is a new update and ask if you'd like to download it seems to work quite well too :D
Aug 11 '08 #10

NeoPa
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I know that moderators may think that this is not the right forum for this. But I'm posting this thread here (in Cafe / Lounge (general discussions) Forum) as I need answer to this question urgently and as cafe/lounge is visited by most experts frequently, therefore I'm posting this thread here.

@MODERATORS-If you still think that this thread must be in Linux forum, then please move it there. SORRY for inconvinience.
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And they'd be absolutely right.

This is not suitable for the Cafe. This area is specifically to give the members somewhere to go away from the constant tug of questions on their time.

Please don't post any more questions there - Apology notwithstanding.

Administrator.
Aug 11 '08 #11

Curtis Rutland
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Actually it turns out, run your copy of Ubuntu and waita couple of minutes for the update manager to notice there is a new update and ask if you'd like to download it seems to work quite well too :D
That's cool.

I've never actually done a distro upgrade. I don't like doing things that way. I'd rather back up my files and start fresh. Maybe that is just my windows mentality.
Aug 11 '08 #12

AmberJain
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And they'd be absolutely right.
This is not suitable for the Cafe. This area is specifically to give the members somewhere to go away from the constant tug of questions on their time.
Please don't post any more questions there - Apology notwithstanding.

Administrator.
OK, I will never repeat this again.
Aug 12 '08 #13

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That's cool.

I've never actually done a distro upgrade. I don't like doing things that way. I'd rather back up my files and start fresh. Maybe that is just my windows mentality.
That's how I do it too, as it also lets you get rid of all that stuff you've installed and forgotten about or config files/folders that don't delete with the program.
Aug 13 '08 #14

Curtis Rutland
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Yeah, and if you partition your drive correctly, you don't really even have to back anything up. If you set up a /home partition, you can just format the / directory.
Aug 13 '08 #15

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