A Quick Look At the Xubuntu 16.04 LTS – Feature Tour

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Feature Tour of the Latest Xubuntu 16.04 LTS Release.

The popular lightweight Ubuntu derivative – Xubuntu recently released Long Term Support (LTS) Version supported for 3 years like other derivatives. Powered by Xfce desktop environment, this release comes with latest Ubuntu changes such as Software Center is replaced by Ubuntu Software. However there are lots of changes in Xubuntu 16.04 LTS which makes it a great distribution for older machines as well as high-end machines.

Xubuntu Desktop


Xubuntu 16.04 comes with Xfce 4.12 which is the latest stable release. It comes with xfwm4 Window Manager, Panels and Thunar File manager version 1.6.10.


The main top panel can be modified with wide range of options. You can add many panels as well. There are a whole list of cool widgets available to be added in the panel.

Panel Conf

Brightness Controller for Laptops

For Laptops, the panel ‘Power Manager Plug-in’ contains in-build brightness controller which I think cool, because this feature is not available in Unity/Gnome. They only show the brightness controller when the Laptop’s brightness control keys are pressed.

Brightness Controller


Xubuntu comes with wide range of apps to fit the needs of all users. Here are the entire App Lists for Xubuntu 16.04

  • GNOME Archive Manager to handle compressed files
  • Calculator
  • Catfish File Search
  • Mousepad – Simple Text Editor
  • Notes – Sticky Pad

Apps Misc

  • Screenshot Tool – which has ability to upload to imgur and ZimageZ from desktop itself

Screenshot Tool

  • Disk Burning Tool – xfburn



Xubuntu 16.04 comes with LibreOffice which is a modern, open source office suite. This suite contains word processor, spreadsheet, math.

LO 5 Main

Document Viewer & Image Viewer

Xubuntu comes with Evince for viewing pdf files and ristretto for viewing images.

Internet Apps

  • Browser – Firefox 46.0 for browsing the web.
  • Pidgin Internet Messenger
  • Transmission Torrent client
  • Thunderbird email client


Xubuntu comes with Parole Media player for playing multimedia files.


System and Other Tools

All types of system configuration can be changed in Xubuntu and for everything there is an utility. Here are some Utilities available:


Appearance and Themes

Xubuntu desktop look and feel can be customized by changing styles, icons, fonts.

Style Change

Default Wallpapers

Xubuntu comes with pre-installed nice 16 wallpapers chosen by community competitions. You can find them here.

Want to give it a try?

Then head over to below link to get your free copy Xubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Get Xubuntu


Xubuntu 16.04 LTS is a beautiful release which fits its objective and purpose. So, what do you think of this release?


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