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Ubuntu flavours

What are Ubuntu flavours?

Ubuntu flavours offer a unique way to experience Ubuntu, each with their own choice of default applications and settings. Ubuntu flavours are owned and developed by members of our global community and backed by the full Ubuntu archive for packages and updates.


Kubuntu unites Ubuntu with KDE and the Plasma desktop, bringing you a full set of applications including productivity, office, email, graphics, photography, and music applications ready to use at startup with extensive additional software installed from not one, but two desktop package managers.

Built using the Qt toolkit, Kubuntu is fast, slick and beautiful. Kubuntu is mobile-ready, enabling easy integration between your PC desktop and phone or tablet with KDE Connect.

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Lubuntu is designed to be a simple, easy to use system that is light, fast and modern. Lubuntu provides the LXQt desktop environment which is focused on Qt technologies. Lubuntu comes with the essential applications and services needed to browse the Internet, chat, play and be productive.

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Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie is a proud official Ubuntu flavour. We combine the simplicity and elegance of the Budgie desktop environment with the power and familiarity of an Ubuntu based operative system.

The result is a modern and fast desktop distribution with great defaults, yet fully customizable.

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Ubuntu Kylin

The Ubuntu Kylin project is tuned to the needs of Chinese users, providing a thoughtful and elegant experience out-of-the-box. The lightweight Ubuntu Kylin User Interface (UKUI) is perfect for older machines, and an ideal introduction to Linux for first-time users.

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Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. It is ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations, single board computers and older hardware alike. Ubuntu MATE makes modern computers fast and old computers usable.

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Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu Studio is pre-configured for content creation of all kinds. Whether you're an audio engineer, musician, graphic designer, photographer, video producer, or streamer, this is a full-fledged desktop computing system that will fit your needs. If you can dream it, you can create it with Ubuntu Studio.

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Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment with a lot of consideration for usability. Whether you have a high-end computer or even a moderately older machine, Xubuntu is able to provide you with a smooth and usable desktop experience. Xubuntu has an expansive list of customization options so you can make the desktop your own.

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Ubuntu-based variants

In addition to the officially recognised flavours, dozens of other Linux distributions take Ubuntu as a base for their own distinctive ideas and approaches.

A complete list of known flavours, editions and customizations is maintained on the Ubuntu Wiki's UbuntuFlavors page ›

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