I’ve been using Xubuntu 14.04 (AMD64 variety) for the last few weeks now and decided it’s time to type up my thoughts and test another OS. For the most part the system works fast and well. All of the hardware seems to work as it should. The wireless NIC functions, I was able to use my HP F4180 printer, and video rendering seems fine.
The default programs work well with a few exceptions. Although I was able to get Parole to play a DVD it just couldn’t figure out an audio CD for some reason. The desktop randomly crashed one time, but it not must have been for very long because the only way I knew about it was the dialog prompt. Everything seemed to be working fine. As mentioned in my first post on Xubuntu 14.04, after logging in a dialog box stating the system had hibernation problems shows up. Whether from a suspended or shutdown condition the message pops up about six times, even though everything seems to be working as it should from what I can see. The default artwork of the Xfce interface is pleasant, but can always be changed by the operator. The Ubuntu Software Center allows for easy installation of a plethora of programs, many of which are under the GNU license and other to be paid for. As always, the computer viruses and many other system vulnerabilities that apply to Windows users does not afflict Linux users.
Xubuntu 14.04 is a pretty good system and is relatively simple to use. Unless you need every single PC game to work on you OS, Xubuntu can do pretty much everything you need it to. If you’re interested, look here for Xubuntu 14.04 screenshots, here to download Xubuntu, and here for Xubuntu support. I’d be happy to hear what others think of Xubuntu 14.04, any comments, praise, criticism, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
For reference, here are some of the laptop specifications:
Sony Vaio VPCCW21FX, Intel i3 330M 2.13Ghz Processor, 4GB RAM, NVidia GeForce 310M with 256MB of dedicated memory
Here’s a sampling of the Xubuntu 14.04 screenshots: