Hi, I'm Ed Hewitt (chewit in IRC). I have just joined the Lubuntu team in Launchpad, I am very keen to give you help with the Lubuntu project. I have been using Xubuntu since 7.10 release, and over the years Xubuntu has been getting heavier and slower after each release. This has been down two things. First, the Ubuntu developers adding more applications and utilies to improve the usability of the operating system. Secondly, Xubuntu is just Ubuntu with Xfce 'bolted on'. No thought has gone into using as little gnome depencies as possible. These two points have made Xubuntu heavy and slow, and not a lightweight distro. It is very close to being as heavy as Ubuntu!
My worry with the Lubuntu project is that when it becomes an official Ubuntu distro, it will have loads of extra apps added which will make it slow and heavy like Xubuntu. It will be a waste your time creating a distro which went the same way as Xubuntu. I am writing this message to warn you that it could happen. I want to join the Lubuntu and help decide the best applications to add to the operating systems and ways to make it as light as possible. I have looked at the Lubuntu application list and I am already concerned with the success of the project. It appears Lubuntu will have more applications installed than the Ubuntu install! The best way I see Lubuntu being setup is to carefully follow the way Debian is created, since Debain is very lightweight. I believe it is best to use the Ubuntu minimal install with LXDE added on, then we add a carefully selection of applications. Such as: - Web browser - Firefox - Email - Claws - Chat - Pidgin, Xchat - Office - Abiword, Gnumeric, ePDF - Media - Totem, Rhythmbox (would like to use VLC, but it uses QT4) - GIMP - Synaptic & Update Manager is a must - Gnome network manager (need good network support, however it needs to start on boot up) - Some Xfce apps - Notifyd (very nice notification system), taskmanager (but could use lxde task), power manager We want to keep the apps list small, basic apps which most people will use. Video editing, ftp clients and programming apps are not needed on the base install. If we add loads of apps, we will be a heavy distro. With Lubuntu its performance and lightweight first, sadly xubuntu forgot about that. Would like to hear what the whole team thinks and if I can be some help in the development of Lubuntu. -- www.edhewitt.co.uk
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