There are 4 main branches of Linux:
Debian, Red Hat, SuSe & Arch.
From the diagram you can see that there are many different distributions of Linux, in fact there are thousands and each one is unique. But that’s a longer story, and for another time!
The distro. that we are interested in is Debian.
Debian is considered the grand father of Linux because it has been around from just about the beginning. It is a slow and stable distro. and so a lot of other distro.’s are based on it, like Ubuntu.
Ubuntu is backed by a company called Cononical. There main focus is business software like servers and IOT devices. The desktop is a side business for them. So what’s different? PPA’s & SNAP’s…. How software is installed. We will get into installing software later.
User Interface (UI) or Desktop Enviroment (DE)
Unlike Apple or Microsoft that only have one desktop environment Linux has many, like – Gnome, KDE, LXqt, LXde, XFCE, i3, Mate, Cinnimon, budgie etc, etc. With each one being slightly different from the other.
Xubuntu is Ubuntu with a XFCE desktop environment. Why use XFCE? because it is a stable and unchanging “DE” which means when you look up help even if its 10 or 15 years old it will still work in most cases. Also servers use XFCE because of its low graphic footprint. This means that there is alot of professionals using XFCE and any problem you could come across has most likely been solved and shared on the internet.
So that’s why I choose Xubuntu out of all the different distributions available.
- Xubuntu is based on one of the oldest Distro’s.
- Backed by a Corporate Company.
- XFCE the Desktop Environment is reliable
- Has good online support / help!