Xubuntu is a great distro, that combines the great Xfce desktop with the great Ubuntu. It presents the conventional desktop with a pleasant and rich looking user interface. Its fast and less resource intensive compared to Gnome shell, unity and kde variants of ubuntu.
Xubuntu 14.04 has just been released the same day with Ubuntu 14.04. So go ahead to install it if you prefer less of KDE and dislike ubuntu's unity desktop. After the installation is done, do some necessary tweaks and installs shown below to make it even better.
1. Update the system
The first thing to do is to make your system uptodate with the online repositories. So run the following commands.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
2. Install Aptitude, Synaptic and Gdebi
Ubuntu software center is there, but synaptic is faster, simpler and easier. The aptitude command is a great apt-get alternative. The gdebi command is very useful when installing deb files manually. It automatically pulls in the dependencies from the repos.
$ sudo apt-get install aptitude synaptic gdebi-core
3. Install Chrome and Chromium browsers
Firefox is already there and you can install 2 more browsers. The chromium browser can be installed from synaptic.
$ sudo apt-get install chromium-browser chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra
The codecs package would...
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