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Lubuntu 13.10 is one of the best free Ubuntu Linux based operating systems for older computers, and laptops which were built in the 90s to 2014. Lubuntu is based on Ubuntu Linux, but uses the lightweight LXDE desktop Environment. This means all programs which work in Ubuntu will work on Lubuntu, and you will have more free RAM, and CPU cycles to run your programs. Having more free RAM, and CPU cycles is great for gaming, video editing, web browsing, and office tasks where your RAM, and CPU could become very full as more files are open. The LXDE desktop environment save a few dollars on your electricity bill, and extend the life of your battery because of its low CPU and Ram usages when in use. Lubuntu also starts up in under a minute, and shutdowns in only a few seconds. It also wakes from sleep in under a few seconds as well. The quickness of Lubuntu makes it a great OS for computers which need to turn on quickly like multimedia computers for watching video or listening to music where people want to start using their PC after pressing the ON button. I notice there are also fewer error messages when I use Lubuntu compared to other Linux based operating systems I used because my older computer can handle running Lubuntu very well. For most older computers with 1GB of RAM, a single or dual core CPU, and integrated video, Lubuntu should run pretty well on it.It also can be installed on smaller hard drive in the 5-10 GB size, so it can be installed on Nerbooks with small flash memory drives as well. I seen videos online where people run Lubuntu on tablets, and slower computers like the Raspberry Pi or Netbook laptops, so Lubuntu is a great operating system for older or slower devices with less RAM, and slower CPUs. It is also easy to install Lubuntu by starting Lubuntu from a CD with the Lubuntu CD image installed on it, and following the step by step instructions which will be displayed on the monitor for you to follow to install Lubuntu on your computer, or along side another Linux or Windows operating systems. You can also try out Lubuntu from the CD before installing it by clicking the install icon on the desktop after you finish trying out Lubuntu.
I recently upgraded to the latest version of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
It was pretty easy to upgrade to Ubuntu. I used the Ubuntu Upgrade Manager, and change the settings to upgrade to "All versions of Ubuntu" instead of Long Term Release/LTS versions. All I had to do is agree to upgrade to Ubuntu, and wait for Ubuntu to download, and install the updates, and then I restarted my computer, and Ubuntu 12.10 was installed.
If you do not have a lot of free space on your computer, I recommend emptying your web browsers history, and moving your personal files to another hard drive, or to an external hard drive. You can also uninstall programs in Ubuntu which you no longer use. You can use the Ubuntu Software Center to uninstall programs.
Ubuntu 12.10 is similar to Ubuntu 12.04. I like the file search in the launcher lense in Ubuntu 12.10, and that it now displays images in the file search.
Ubuntu 12.10 now lets you pin web apps like Gmail, YouTube, Spotify, Ubuntu One, Amazon, and Yahoo mail to the launcher for quick access from the desktop.
Many newer computers can start a computer from a Live USB Flash drive which has Ubuntu 12.04 preloaded on it. All you do is enter your BIOS/CMOS in your computer, and tell your computer to start from a USB flash Drive.
The Patriot Xporter XT Boost USB Drive is a great USB 2.0 flash drive for installing Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS on to because it is fast, durable and reliable.
You can also use a boot manager program which is like the BIOS, but it is only used for picking which device which you want to start from like a USB drive, CD, hard drive or floppy.
The Ubuntu Software Center found in Ubuntu 12.04 and older versions is used to find, install, and remove software on Ubuntu Linux. It is similar to Apps stores for mobile phones and tablets like the Android Marketplace now called Google Play. It displays what apps are new, and which apps are top rated by the Ubuntu Community of users. Users can review, and rate app out of 5 stars which makes it easier for other users to pick apps to install, or not to install on their computer.
The Ubuntu software center can be found on the far left of your desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 or older. But, in Ubuntu 10.10 and older, it is found in the applications menu on the top right of the desktop.
All software in the Ubuntu software center is searchable, and categorized according to topic or subject, so finding software to install in Ubuntu is easy to do for most users.
To install programs in Ubuntu you use your mouse to click on the software which you want to install from your Ubuntu Software Center search results, or category. You can also read a short description of the software on the software page in the Ubuntu Software Center. If you feel it is the software you are looking for, click the install button on the far right, and enter in your administrative password which you made when you installed Ubuntu. Once installed, you can search for your software on the desktop search engine in Ubuntu 11.04-12.04 to launch it by searching for its name.
In Ubuntu 10.10 and older versions, you need to use the applications menu on the top right to launch it. You'll find programs are categorize into categories like games, office, and media.