I recently switched to Xubuntu 13.04 after using Linux Mint for nearly a year. While Linux Mint with Cinnamon desktop is a very good system, the Xubuntu desktop is more lightweight. The fonts look prettier with better anti-aliasing, the startup is much faster and the system somehow feels more powerful. Here's how you can make the most of your new Xubuntu system.
Enable Dropdown Terminal
The latest Xfce Terminal v0.6 features a drop-down terminal mode similar to other drop-down consoles like Guake and Terra. The terminal will appear when you press a key on your keyboard and hide when it loses focus. You can run a command and leave it running while you switch to another window. It supports multiple tabs which allows you to run multiple commands at once.