A Quick Look At the Xubuntu 18.04 LTS – Feature Tour

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Feature Tour of the Latest Xubuntu 18.04 LTS Release.

The popular lightweight Ubuntu derivative – Xubuntu recently released Long Term Support (LTS) Version supported for 3 years till April 2021 like other derivatives. Powered by Xfce desktop environment, this release comes with latest Ubuntu 18.04 LTS changes. However there are lots of changes in Xubuntu 18.04 LTS which makes it a great distribution for older PCs, Laptops as well as high-end machines.

Let’s have a look what Xubuntu 18.04 LTS got.


Xubuntu 18.04 LTS comes with Xfce 4.12 which is the latest stable release, powered by xfwm4 window manager. It also comes with Panels and Thunar File manager version 1.6.15. The desktop is powered by Whisker Menu for quick access for applications and settings.

XUbuntu 18.04 LTS - Desktop
XUbuntu 18.04 LTS – Desktop


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.

Xubuntu - Panel Properties
Xubuntu – Panel Properties


Xubuntu 18.04 -Panel - Add New Items
Xubuntu 18.04 -Panel – Add New Items


Appearance and notification

In this release, the GTK Theme configuration tool is removed due to recent developments of GTK. However, Xubuntu comes with plenty of cool themes – latest Greybird, Adwaita, Numix which users can opt for.

Appearance - Xubuntu 18.04
Appearance – Xubuntu 18.04

The notification type is also improved with a shiny look at the top right section of the panel. Dedicated notification settings window gives options for customize.

Xubuntu - Notification
Xubuntu – Notification


Xubuntu - Notification Settings
Xubuntu – Notification Settings

Brightness Controller for Laptops

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


This release of Xubuntu comes with wide range of default apps to fit the needs of all users. Here are the entire App Lists for Xubuntu 18.04

  • Engrampa Archive Manager 1.20.0 to handle compressed files
  • MATE Calculator
  • Catfish File Search
  • Mousepad – Simple Text Editor
  • Notes – Sticky Pad
  • Screenshot Tool – which has ability to upload to imgur and ZimageZ from desktop itself
  • Disk Burning Tool – xfburn


Xubuntu 18.04 comes with LibreOffice 6.0 which is a modern, open source office suite. This suite contains word processor, spreadsheet, math.

Document Viewer & Image Viewer

Evince document viewer is removed from Xubuntu 18.04 release but relaced with Atril document viewer for viewing PDF files. For Image viewing experience, it comes with Ristretto image viewer.

Internet Apps

  • Browser – lightning fast Firefox Quantum 60.0 for browsing the web.
  • Pidgin Internet Messenger
  • Transmission Torrent client
  • Thunderbird email client


Xubuntu comes with Parole Media player for playing multimedia files.
In Xubuntu 18.04 – sound indicator is removed but replaced with pulse audio volume controller which is more robust and feature rich.

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:

  • Settings Editor
  • Gigolo – for managing local/remote volumes
  • Task manager
  • Network manager
  • Power Manager

Default Wallpapers

Xubuntu comes with pre-installed nice 15 wallpapers chosen by community competitions. You can find them here.

Xubuntu 18.04 - Wallpapers
Xubuntu 18.04 – Wallpapers

Want to give it a try?

Then head over to below link to get your free copy Xubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Get Xubuntu

Release notes.


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