Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) has been released and is now available for download, alongside Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, and all the other flavors.
Unlike the Ubuntu developers, the makers of Xubuntu have released a number of interim versions of their Linux distro and most users already know what to expect.
Xubuntu distros haven't changed all that much in the previous few versions. However, things have changed somewhat in the new release and it seems that it's all for the better. The developers made some very interesting choices and Xubuntu has become a lot more fun to use and to play with.
Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) comes with a large number of features and improvements. For example, the LightDM GTK+ Greeter login/lock screen has been updated and now it looks a lot better, a new “Suru”-styled default wallpaper has been added, a number of six wallpapers have been chosen from a large pool of images submitted by the community, and a new panel layout that includes the Whisker Menu, Window Buttons, a Notification Area, an Indicator Plugin, and a Clock, has been added.
Also, the “Whisker Menu” (a more modern-looking applet) is now included by default, the indicator stack has been updated, the Network, Power, and Sound indicators have been included and are fully functional, the themes from the Shimmer Project and the Numix Project have been included by default, Xscreensaver has been removed and replaced with the Light Locker, Mugshot, the simple user configuration utility, is now included by default, the Alacarte menu editor has been removed in favor of MenuLibre, the Parole Media Player’s plugins are working again, and the Xfce Compositor now supports zooming.
The developers have also integrated a number of bugfixes, removable drives and media are now automatically mounted, Thunar is now saving sidebar “places” bookmarks after exit, and the xfdesktop is no longer leaking memory after a wallpaper change.
Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) will be supported for the next three years, which is way past the next LTS version. Also, just like Ubuntu, this Linux distro is using the 3.13.0-24.46 Ubuntu Linux kernel, which is based on the v3.13.9 upstream stable Linux kernel.
Keep in mind that Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is a lighter distro and it can be easily installed on systems with lower hardware specs.