Tech thoughts: Xubuntu 11.10 changes

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Since XFCE and Xubuntu seem to be popular subjects on this blog (from the number of hits they’ve received), here’s another post on the desktop environment/distro.

Next month (October 13) sees the release of Xubuntu 11.10 (along with the other Ubuntu-family variants’ newest versions). So far, there’s a beta of the final release available (not meant for use by anyone but developers, of course). It looks like a lot of the changes are under the hood; the most noteworthy ones from an end-user’s standpoint I can find are:

  • gThumb being added (and possibly replacing GIMP?) as part of the default installation. gThumb was a long-used Ubuntu program for handling photographs, until it was replaced several versions ago by F-Spot (and F-Spot more recently replaced by Shotwell). I did like gThumb at the time, so will be interesting to see how it’s held up against newer software like Shotwell.
  • Leafpad is replacing mousepad as a default text editor, since leafpad’s being more frequently maintained. I’ll still probably stick with installing gedit for a few extra features, however.

Will watch out for what else may be in store as October 13 approaches!

2 comments

  1. Good note but it would be nicer if you specified some of the changes, trying to write an overview and its hard to actually find another source to cite

    1. Like I said before, there aren’t a ton of changes between 11.04 and 11.10 that I perceived. I’ll have a more thorough review coming this weekend, however.

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