'The release of Ubuntu 13.04 is less than a week away, bringing with
it some refinements to the Unity interface that users either love or
hate. But Ubuntu with Unity is far from the only choice for Linux
lovers or those looking to avoid Windows and OS X.
In addition to the many Linux distributions such as Fedora, Debian, or
OpenSuse, there is a thriving open source community maintaining
desktop operating systems based on Ubuntu code but with different user
interfaces. These often have whimsical names like "Kubuntu" and
"Xubuntu." While you can download the standard version of Ubuntu and
apply a different user interface to it, most of these alternative
distros are built with a non-Unity interface in mind from the start.'
Peter Reutemann, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Waikato, NZ
Ph. +64 (7) 858-5174