The Alpha 1 release of Ubuntu ‘opt-in’ flavors were released a couple of days ago. Here is a screenshot tour and review of the release.
Overall, the install went smooth in my hardware, which is mentioned below. I tried to put in as minimal resource limit as possible to test how Lubuntu performs and was surprised to find it did pretty well. Following are key changes for 13.10:
- Chromium browser has been replaced by Firefox.
- XScreensaver has been removed.
- ZRam has been added enabling the desktop installer to work on lower RAM machines.
- 18.104.22.168 Ubuntu Linux kernel
Full release notes here.
- IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad W510
- 4GB RAM
- 8GB HDD Partition (SSD)
- 4 Core Intel Core – i7 processor (from 2009/10).
VM config on VirtualBox:
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB Thin provisioned hard disk
Sylpheed Email Client:
Lubuntu Software Center:
Conky showing memory and CPU usage:
Panel placement and font size changed:
Conclusion / Verdict:
- Install was a breeze
- Boot up was a breeze
- Default apps are well selected
- Default zRAM for enhanced performance.
- Easy theme reconfiguration a la openbox.
- Lubuntu software center didn’t find and list ‘Conky’ 🙁 but Synaptic did.
Good to install. Of course, being an Alpha build, it’s not suitable for a production system and comes with all standard disclaimers attached. As always, if something breaks, you get to keep both the halves 🙂