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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
When people hear the term Ubuntu they now instantly think of Unity. The Unity desktop has its fans and it has its detractors. The Unity desktop isn’t overly customisable whereas Xubuntu’s XFCE desktop is probably the most customisable desktop environment available.
At the same time Ubuntu comes with the best applications available such as Rhythmbox and LibreOffice and the Unity desktop is a joy to navigate and it is extremely easy to use. Xubuntu on the other hand is designed to be lightweight so the applications whilst functional don’t necessarily provide all the features that come with Ubuntu.
So when should you use Xubuntu and when should you use Ubuntu?