Lubuntu 9.10 alpha image available


The alpha version of Lubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala is now publicly availabile. The project brings together Ubuntu and LXDE, the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. This combination makes for a lighter version of the most popular Linux distribution. Both Xubuntu (which utilizes the Xfce desktop) and Lubuntu are meant to run well on lower resource computers such as netbooks. With the ISO smaller than 400mb and using quite a bit less system resources Lubuntu looks promising.

Right now it looks like the original backup ISO link is down.  If you can’t wait, try this torrent.

[via Softpedia]


  1. sj says:

    For a light ubuntu, I’d suggest using crunchbang, or just installing the server version and the packages you want by hand, thats what I do.

  2. likemindead says:

    I second CrunchBang.

    Also, antiX is very good, though Debian-based, not Ubuntu-based.

  3. me says:

    I thought Ubuntu WAS Debian-based…

  4. _matt says:

    it is, but antix isn’t ubuntu-based

  5. _matt says:

    oops, forgot:
    thirded crunchbang, will try lubuntu when it isn’t alpha

  6. TRB says:

    Heh yeah Ubuntu is debian based.

  7. GuruBuckaroo says:

    I’ll stick to the server version of ubuntu with blackbox. Lightweight, does everything I need it to.

  8. M4CGYV3R says:

    You mean there’s more to Linux than the terminal? I had no idea…

  9. Ugly American says:

    Benchmarks or it didn’t happen.

    Lots of distros claim they use less RAM but won’t put up any benchmarks to prove it.

  10. drmacinyasha says:

    A Fedora-based version of this would be a dream come true. I’ve never been much of a Debian/Ubuntu fan. Too many bad memories…

  11. Sharky says:

    Aargh can’t get X11 to run on my Mac.
    It installs but doesn’t start.

  12. DarthNinja says:

    They fixed a new download link:

  13. dan says:

    anyone got a comparison of lightweight ubuntu distros? Seems like there’s a lot of choice.

  14. w01f says:

    I am curious about this. Perhaps ubuntu needs to look at what was done with Damnsmalllinux?

    After all, they use fluxbox and JWM

    Hmmm. makes me want to try it on ubuntu.

  15. djlspider says:

    I currently use Xubuntu, but I have been recently tempted to switch to the XFCE version of Mint (because everything works out of the box, including flash). I still want to give this a spin though.

  16. Aurora says:

    Any idea how this stacks up against fluxbuntu?

  17. brett says:

    Looks promising, but I’m extremely pleased with Back Track 4 Final on my gateway netbook, with modified drivers for the bcm43xx chipset with packet injection working awesome as well as monitoring mode.

    Was a headache to configure, but when up and running it is truly satisfying.

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