Lubuntu Breathes New Life into Your Netbook Without Sacrificing the Flexibility of a Full-Fledged Desktop
Netbooks aren't the fastest computers, but they can be useful—as long as they're usable. If you want your netbook to work and feel like a real computer rather than a toy, I can't recommend Lubuntu enough—it makes my netbook feel like a whole new machine.
I bought my netbook hoping it would be the perfect portable companion for those quick jobs when I'm out and about—like updating one of my posts, or touching base with my boss without using my phone. The problem is, those "quick" jobs seemed to take ages on the netbook. Starting up Firefox in Windows seemed to take forever, and forget about opening multiple tabs. Even on Ubuntu, everything moved a little more sluggish than I'd like. Sure, netbooks are always going to be a little bit slower, but when they move at the speed of molasses, it seems to defeat the entire purpose of having one.
The LXDE desktop environment—the environment behind the Lubuntu variant of Ubuntu—aims to be a lightweight desktop that keeps low-resource computers running snappily. It still isn't as fast as your uber-powerful desktop or laptop may be, but you don't feel like every action takes 5 minutes to complete. Everything opens very quickly, and it doesn't waste time or resources with flashy eye candy—though it doesn't look ugly at all.