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Could anyone explain what's the difference between Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu?(besides the preinstalled software).

  • The pre-installed software is the biggest difference. One has the ubuntustudio-desktop metapackage installed on top of an Ubuntu base, the other has a xubuntu-desktop metapackage installed on top of an Ubuntu base. If you have an hour or so, you can convert one into the other. – user535733 Jun 22 at 13:01
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Ubuntu Studio is a recognized flavor of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, which is geared to general multimedia production. The original version, based on Ubuntu 7.04, was released on 10 May 2007(1). These are Ubuntu Studio's main features:

  • Low-latency kernel:As of Ubuntu Studio 12.04, the default kernel is linux-lowlatency, which in essence is a generic Ubuntu Linux kernel, with a tweaked configuration to allow for stable operation for audio applications at lower latencies.
  • Appearance and sound theme:Ubuntu Studio also includes custom artwork and a blue-on-black theme, as opposed to Ubuntu's default purple and orange. As with the main distribution of Ubuntu, if an accelerated graphics card and appropriate driver are used, the advanced desktop effects can be enabled.
  • Access to Ubuntu repositories: An important advantage of Ubuntu Studio over most other Linux distributions employing the real-time kernel is access to the same repositories available to the main Ubuntu distributions through the Update Manager, Synaptic Package Manager, as well as through the Add/Remove Applications prompt.

Xubuntu is a Canonical Ltd.–recognized, community-maintained derivative of the Ubuntu operating system. The name Xubuntu is a portmanteau of Xfce and Ubuntu, as it uses the Xfce desktop environment, instead of Ubuntu's GNOME desktop(2). Xubuntu's goals are to:

provide an easy to use distribution, based on Ubuntu, using Xfce as the graphical desktop, with a focus on integration, usability and performance, with a particular focus on low memory footprint. The integration in Xubuntu is at a configuration level, a toolkit level, and matching the underlying technology beneath the desktop in Ubuntu. Xubuntu will be built and developed autonomously as part of the wider Ubuntu community, based around the ideals and values of Ubuntu.

So, we come to the conclusion that Ubuntu Studio is a distribution, suitble for multimedia production while Xubuntu's foucus is to provide an environment which needs low memory and is highly customizble.

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