Saturday, May 21, 2011

Something More My Speed

It was about time for me to re-stage my netbook, and I've been looking around for more lightweight distros.  In an ideal world I'd go with Arch and LXDE or something lightweight.  In an ideal world I'd have time and energy for all that.

In this world I decided to go with Lubuntu.  I have to say, I like it a lot.

I like regular Ubuntu, I dual boot into it on my laptop (Windows 7 for gaming, until PC game studios come around...), but it has a few annoyances.  The 2 toolbars on the screen.  The giant menu.  The shortcuts differing from the windows shortcuts that I'm used to.  Some of these may be qualities of Gnome, Ubuntu's desktop environment, and not Ubuntu proper, but just the same, it's annoying.

Lubuntu has one toolbar, and one button instead of three big menus.  It's keyboard shortcuts are the same as in Windows: Home Key + E for file explorer, Home+D to show or hide the desktop, Home+R to open the run program dialog.

It comes with audacious, my choice in audio players, pre-installed.  It comes with Chromium, Chrome's pure Open Source cousin, which I prefer to Firefox at the moment.

I'm still trying to figure out how to create custom shortcuts, but I'm sure it can't be too difficult.  I hope not, anyway.

Just glad that I tried something new, and for one purpose--it should be faster and use less resources--and that move ended up benefiting me in other ways.  Lubuntu out of the box is pretty much how I want an OS set up, and switching to it for my laptop too next time I restage it will save me some tweaking and key binding.

Til then,


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