Pictures like these make me happy.
I’ve been seeding the Lubuntu beta for a day or two, and of course, I had to try it out. It doesn’t look a whole lot different from, say, a plain-Jane installation of Ubuntu with the LXDE desktop installed.
But the beauty of this is perhaps that it is an Ubuntu-sanctioned (is that the correct term?) project running as a live disc on a machine with only 256Mb of memory, and it’s quite usable. That alone is worth applauding. The last time I could do that with Ubuntu was … three years ago? Maybe never.
When the final version is complete, I want to give it a complete shakedown. There are some obvious quirks right now, and it doesn’t seem to follow the Ubuntu style too closely yet (not that it has to; the earliest versions of Xubuntu were quite eccentric, to be nice). I’m sure all of this will come through in time.
Right now it’s just fun to think that there’s another option for underpowered machines. And it looks like it will do well.