I have ubuntu 12.10 installed on mypc. I'm thinking to upgrade to 13.04.

Now i'd like to take the opportunity also to test lubuntu. Should I first upgrade ubuntu, then install lubuntu or can I directly run the:

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

In other words,Will I get Lubuntu 12.10 (my current os version) or lubuntu 13.04(last available)?


Lubuntu desktop is layer over your Ubuntu. It is not a full Lubuntu experience. It will just install the apps and desktop environment of lubuntu. So your installation will contain all apps of lubuntu and standard ubuntu.

So installing lubuntu-desktop will not make it Lubuntu 13.04. It will be ubuntu 13.04 with lubuntu desktop.

So you can approach either way. Only thing is if you Upgrade to ubuntu 13.04 & then install lubuntu-desktop you will save few MBs.

Another note: lubuntu-desktop is a meta package. It actually contains what needs to be installed. Once installed, removing lubuntu-desktop will not remove the all the apps. So uninstallation will be not that easy.

  • Can you please clarify: Lubuntu aims at low-spec machines. If I have "Ubuntu 13.04 with Lubuntu desktop" as you say, will it be of equal performance as a true Lubuntu? – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Sep 11 '13 at 11:12
  • 1
    I am not very sure if it will be equivalent to lubuntu (I guess it will not) but you main gain speed based on the desktop environment – Web-E Sep 11 '13 at 14:59

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.