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Lubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) released

Julien Lavergne has released lubuntu 14.04.

Lubuntu 14.04 is available here

What is Lubuntu ?

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.). Lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such users may not know how to use command line tools, and in most cases they just don't have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions.

With many LXDE components, Lubuntu also uses well-known applications, such as Firefox, Openbox, Pidgin, to name a few. The Lubuntu project wiki contains more information on the project and the applications used available.

Features

  • Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.

  • Pcmanfm, a fast and lightweight files manager using gio/gvfs.

  • Openbox, the fast and extensible, default windows-manager of LXDE.

  • Lightdm, using the simple GTK greeter

  • Firefox, the famous web browser.

  • ... and, of course, based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

See the complete list of applications on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/Setup#Applications

Improvements since Lubuntu 13.10

  • LTS Support (3 years).
  • New pcmanfm (1.2.0 version), with a lot of new features (folder settings, dual pane view, menu editing).
  • New lxsession-default-apps with a new user interface.
  • An update of the artwork (new icons, theme update, more compatibilities ...).

Releases notes and known issues

The release notes, with a list of known problems are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu

Reporting bugs

You can find information on how to report a bug on this wiki page : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/ReportingBugs

Thanks

A big thank to everyone involving in the development of this new great release : LXDE developers, Ubuntu developers, ISO testers, artwork and design people, social-network & blog writers, support & IRC keepers ... It's another success of a great team work

New Features in Lubuntu 14.04

  • LTS Support (3 years).
  • New pcmanfm (1.2.0 version), with a lot of new features (folder settings, dual pane view, menu editing).
  • New lxsession-default-apps with a new user interface.
  • An update of the artwork (new icons, theme update, more compatibilities ...).

Lubuntu Applications

System Requirements

A Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM is probably a bottom-line configuration that may yield slow yet usable system with a standard lubuntu desktop.

14.04 32 bit ISO require your CPU to have Physical Address Extensions, or PAE. "PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs, including all later Pentium-series processors (except most 400 MHz-bus versions of the Pentium M)." - If you have an error with Celeron M reporting "NON-PAE CPU" and would like to install Lubuntu 14.04, please see this page

For PowerPC, it is known to run on a G4 running at 867MHz with 640MB RAM.

For Intel based Macs, lubuntu should run on all models.

Known Issues

Installation

  • Some keyboard layouts may have problems (such as UK ones). You can workaround the problem by removing all the ibus-* packages (see 1284635))

Graphics and Display

Applications

  • Network indicator on the panel may not start at login. You can start it manually by launching "nm-applet" in a terminal. Some others autostarted applications may also be affected (such as automatic updates). See 1308348 for the details and the ETA for the fix.

PPC

  • PPC has several issues and workarounds, please refer to the documentation on the wiki.

  • Slideshow on PPC Desktop ISO was removed because of a bug on webkit (996568)

  • Installer on Desktop PPC (Ubiquity) is enable to resize and split partitions. you can use Gparted before launching the installation to make the modifications to your partitions (1307994)

Ubuntu Release notes

Get Lubuntu

Head over here to get it.

 

Support

LTS support (3 years)

Lubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) released

 Julien Lavergne has released lubuntu 13.10. Lubuntu 13.10 is available here:

What is Lubuntu ?

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.). Lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such users may not know how to use command line tools, and in most cases they just don't have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions.

With many LXDE components, Lubuntu also uses well-known applications, such as Firefox, Openbox, Pidgin, to name a few. The Lubuntu project wiki contains more information on the project and the applications used available.

Features

  • Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.

  • Pcmanfm, a fast and lightweight files manager using gio/gvfs.

  • Openbox, the fast and extensible, default windows-manager of LXDE.

  • Lightdm, using the simple GTK greeter

  • Firefox, as the new choice for lubuntu 13.10

  • ... and, of course, based on Ubuntu 13.10.

See the complete list of applications on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/Setup#Applications

Improvements since Lubuntu 13.04

  • New version of pcmanfm / libfm (1.1.0) including a built-in search utility.
  • Artwork improvements, including new wallpapers, community wallpapers, new icons ...
  • Removing catfish, since pcmanfm has its own search utility
  • Fix a very old bug causing gnome-mplayer to crash with some CPU (P4)
  • Several fixes for the image viewer gpicview.

System Requirements

A Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM is probably a bottom-line configuration that may yield slow yet usable system with a reduced lubuntu desktop.

13.10 32 bit ISO require your CPU to have Physical Address Extensions, or PAE. "PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs, including all later Pentium-series processors (except most 400 MHz-bus versions of the Pentium M)."

If you have a pre-Pentium II CPU, start from the Ubuntu 12.04 mini.iso.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/Documentation/MinimalInstall
and please consider the tips in this link
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2130640

If you have a Celeron M or Pentium M CPU without a PAE flag but with PAE
capability, use fake-PAE according to this link
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu-fake-PAE

For PowerPC, it is known to run on a G4 running at 867MHz with 640MB RAM.

For Intel based Macs, lubuntu should run on all models.

Known Issues

Installation

Graphics and Display

  • PPC issued are detailed above.

Applications

  • Blank boxes appear when hardinfo is started, and needed to be closed before accessing to the application (1029212)

  • Different spacing for the icons on the right corner of lxpanel (1056547)

  • Software sources takes 30 seconds to load (1073728)

  • Clicking on Ibus icon start the deamon, but doesn't display an icon (1041933)

  • Some actions on the menu may cause an harmless crash of menu-cache (1098732)

Ubuntu Release notes

For common issues with Ubuntu, please refer to the Ubuntu release notes.

Releases notes and known issues

The release notes, with a list of known problems are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SaucySalamander/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu

Reporting bugs

You can find information on how to report a bug on this wiki page : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/ReportingBugs

Thanks

A big thanks to everyone involving in the development of this new great release: LXDE developers, Ubuntu developers, ISO testers, artwork and design people, social-network & blog writers, support & IRC keepers ... It's another success of a great team work.

Lubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) released

Julien Lavergne has released lubuntu 13.04. Please check out the announcement on the wiki for more info: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Announcement/13.04

Lubuntu 13.04 is available here:

What is Lubuntu ?

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.). Lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such users may not know how to use command line tools, and in most cases they just don't have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions.

With many LXDE components, Lubuntu also uses well-known applications, such as Chromium, Openbox, Pidgin, to name a few. The Lubuntu project wikicontains more information on the project and the applications used available.

Features

  • Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.

  • Pcmanfm, a fast and lightweight files manager using gio/gvfs.

  • Openbox, the fast and extensible, default windows-manager of LXDE.

  • Lightdm, using the simple GTK greeter

  • Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome.

  • ... and, of course, based on Ubuntu 13.04.

See the complete list of applications on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/Setup#Application

Improvements

  • New version of pcmanfm / libfm (1.1.0) including a built-in search utility.
  • Artwork improvements, including new wallpapers, community wallpapers, new icons ...
  • Removing catfish, since pcmanfm has its own search utility
  • Fix a very old bug causing gnome-mplayer to crash with some CPU (P4)
  • Several fixes for the image viewer gpicview.

Releases notes and known issues

The release notes, with a list of known problems are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RaringRingtail/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu

Reporting bugs

You can find information on how to report a bug on this wiki page : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/ReportingBugs

Thanks

A big thank to everyone involving in the development of this new great release : LXDE developers, Ubuntu developers, ISO testers, artwork and design people, social-network & blog writers, support & IRC keepers ... It's another success of a great team work 

Lubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Final Beta 2 released

The final beta of Lubuntu 13.04 has been released. As with all alphas and betas they are not suitable for a production environment. This Beta2 testing release of Lubuntu contains:
  • Updated kernel (3.8 series).
  • New theme (Artwork).
  • New installer slide show (Desktop install).
  • 1st Beta release of armhf+ac100.
 
Images can be downloaded here:
 

Desktop image

The desktop image allows you to try Lubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of image is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MiB of RAM to install from this image.

Alternate install image

The alternate install image allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Lubuntu. It provides for the following situations:

  • setting up automated deployments;
  • upgrading from older installations without network access;
  • LVM and/or RAID partitioning;
  • installs on systems with less than about 384MiB of RAM (although note that low-memory systems may not be able to run a full desktop environment reasonably).
  • In the event that you encounter a bug using the alternate installer, please file a bug on the debian-installer package. 
Link:

Lubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Beta 1 released

The Beta 1 of Lubuntu 13.04 is released. Please test and enjoy!

Desktop Image

The desktop image allows you to try Lubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of image is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MiB of RAM to install from this image.

Alternate install image

The alternate install image allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Lubuntu. It provides for the following situations:

  • setting up automated deployments;
  • upgrading from older installations without network access;
  • LVM and/or RAID partitioning;
  • installs on systems with less than about 384MiB of RAM (although note that low-memory systems may not be able to run a full desktop environment reasonably).

In the event that you encounter a bug using the alternate installer, please file a bug on the debian-installer package.

Download page:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/13.04/beta-1/

lubuntu 12.10 is now available

Julien Lavergne released Lubuntu 12.10. It is now available :

What is Lubuntu ?

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.). Lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such users may not know how to use command line tools, and in most cases they just don't have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions. With many LXDE components, Lubuntu also uses well-known applications, such as Chromium, Openbox, Pidgin, to name a few. The Lubuntu project wikicontains more information on the project and the applications used available.

Features

  • Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
  • Pcmanfm, a fast and lightweight files manager using gio/gvfs.
  • Openbox, the fast and extensible, default windows-manager of LXDE.

  • Lightdm, using the simple GTK greeter
  • Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome.
  • ... and, of course, based on Ubuntu 12.10.

See the complete list of applications on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Applications

Improvements since Lubuntu 12.04

  • Update of the visual identity of Lubuntu, including :
    • A completely new icon theme.
    • A new wallpaper and improvements to the current theme.
    • A selection of community wallpapers.
    • Improving integration of many applications with the new artwork.
  • A new version of the session manager is available, including more customizations and integration options (not enable by default, but available for testing).
  • A new version of pcmanfm (file manager), including at lot of bug fixes, external thumbnailer support, multiple screen support.
  • Notification-daemon have been replaced for xfce4-notifyd on the default installation, to display notifications.
  • Catfish, a searching utility, have been added to the default installation. 

Releases notes and known issues

The release notes, with a list of known problems are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QuantalQuetzal/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu

Reporting bugs

You can find information on how to report a bug on this wiki page https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/ReportingBugs

Thanks

A big thank to everyone involving in the development of this new great release : LXDE developers, Ubuntu developers, ISO testers, artwork and design people, social-network & blog writers, support & IRC keepers ... It's another success of a great team work Smile :-)

lubuntu Quantal Quetzal CD wallet

Rafael Laguna aka 礁湖神癒 released the lubuntu Quantal Quetzal version of the CD Set featuring the new "aztec" design.

"The guys from Canonical made a great job, doing a historical review of the pre-colombine societies. You can see the quetzal in every poster (I'm finishing the Lubuntu one) or press element, as well as the God Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, drawing the "1210" version number. I can't help watching there the nibbles game moving thru the squares. I hope you like them, I did it with all my dedication. You can download it at the marketing wiki." (http://lubuntublog.blogspot.com/2012/10/quantal-quetzal-cd-wallet.html)

lubuntu.net new website with Drupal 7

The goal of the upgrade of the lubuntu website was to keep all previous content and screencasts of Leszek and to continue the site with the latest version of Drupal 7, respectively the speed optimized distribution Pressflow 7. The way we did the upgrade: We got the latest dump of the site and database from Osuosl (the great folks of Open Source Lab hosting our site - Thank you!) and upgraded it locally. I got a lot of help from Thanh Nguyen from the Drupal Community, who is also working in my company.

WHAT WAS UPGRADED: The Drupal system was upgraded from version 6 to version 7. All modules were upgraded. Many modules had to be substituted with other modules. A new theme was set up. The new site is merging the proposal of Kanliot with the old site.

DESIGN AND THEME: The new site is using a slightly customized "Superclean theme" provided by the Drupal community. The icons for the lubuntu links and screenshots for the slideshow on the frontpage are made by Rafael Laguna (also known as 礁湖神癒).


screenshot lubuntu.net website 2012

CONTENT AND PARTICIPATION IN LUBUNTU WEB PRESENCE: There are three goals for the lubuntu site.

#1 The intention of the lubuntu website is to direct people to the right resources to find answers, e.g. a download page, forum, wiki or help pages.

#2 On the site we want to provide a basic idea about the lubuntu project.

#3 The site should show 'updates' from the community on the net.

For #1: We are providing links to the most common resources like the lubuntu tag page on the ubuntuforums and help pages.

For #2: We are offering an introduction to lubuntu on the front page and a slideshow (which substitutes the previous screenshots page).

For #3: We are collecting feeds from blogs of contributors and news sites like twitter and google news.

Since the beginning of the project the idea was to keep the participation as open as possible and to focus on lubuntu as a community project rather than "only" a lightweight Linux system. While marketing is important, we also did not want to use marketing language that might "promise too much" or compare to other systems and desktops in a negative way. Lubuntu is more lightweight than many others, but different systems have different advantages and other distributions more features for instance. In the end we are all in the same race for free software :-)

Rather than creating a website that can only be handled by a limited group of people, we also decided to use existing collaboration tools that offer a wide degree of openness . For example, as a newbie or as an established contributor it is much easier to get involved contributing in the existing Ubuntu wiki and Ubuntuforums than becoming active in a team that manages a new content management system.

We are using existing channels as much as possible. In the proposal of Kanliot there were some additional pages with excellent in-depth information. In order to facilitate the process of content updates and to let more people participate, however, I suggest to collect this information in the wiki and other community resources (where there is an established path of getting involved). As far as I can see this actually works out well most of the time and some of the content of pages in the proposal already made it into the wiki and documentation pages.

screenshot lubuntu wiki 2012

screenshot of lubuntuforums

WEBSITE TEAM: Nevertheless, as updates on the website became a bit slow, especially during the last year, we need to think, how to bring a team of contributors together to update the most important information here. We need to form a team to keep the site running with up to date links and information, especially during new releases. The level of access to critical community resources like a server usually depends on the personal level of trust. At the moment our hoster is taking care of the server and many admin tasks, but they will also offer access  to the server ot the lubuntu web team in the upcoming months. So, we need to think about how to establish a team. This is probably a discussion during a UDS or meet up at a lubuntu community weekend.

Let's also take the opportunity to say THANK YOU TO OSUOSL FOR HOSTING LUBUNTU.NET: Osuosl stands for Open Source Lab of Oregan State University. The advantage of hosting with Osuosl is that we do not need to worry about server maintenance and that the site is hosted with a community resource. There are tons of FOSS projects hosted by Osuosl we are sharing resources with. Thank you Osuosl for hosting us and in particular Michael and Rudy for your support!

.. Lastly, still the question: WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG TO BRING UP THE NEW SITE: One point was, there were a few obstacles to overcome in the upgrade process. Another point was, that the central administration of the server infrastructure of several projects means we need to coordinate with others and it means that there are more parties involved. Thus taking up more time.  Also, as we are co-working across continents (Europe, Asia, North America) and time zones, sometimes having to wait for a day for a reply if something does not work out right away. For the future things are also improving here step by step as Osuosl will soon provide a way for us to take care of CMS installations ourselves.

If you are interested below you find information about the major upgrade tasks and process.

Lubuntu-drupal 7 Upgrade Notes

1. Some important changes:

1.1. Drupal core: 6.22 -> 7.12

1.2. Theme

- Custom Superclean theme: http://drupal.org/project/superclean
- New logo

1.3. Modules

List of modules, which do not work on Drupal 7 anymore:

a) Akismet
- Link: http://drupal.org/project/akismet
- Similar modules include Antispam (which includes Akismet protection), Mollom
http://drupal.org/project/antispam
http://drupal.org/project/mollom

b) customcssjs
- Link: http://drupal.org/project/customcssjs

c) Image (integrated to the core)
- Link: http://drupal.org/project/image
- From Drupal 6 to 7: Image node data may be converted to Image fields using Field convert module; the image_legacy module (in this project's git repository's 7.x-1.x branch) provides the necessary field conversion information.

d) img_assist
- Link: http://drupal.org/project/img_assist

e) supercron (integrated to the core)
- Link: http://drupal.org/project/supercron

f) udcountdown, udheader, udplanet
- Link:
+ http://drupal.org/project/udcountdown
+ http://drupal.org/project/udheader
+ http://drupal.org/project/udplanet
- We need to find solutions to keep these features.

g) oauth_common (for post twitter feature)
- Link: http://drupal.org/project/oauth_common
- OAuth Common has moved to it's new home at http://drupal.org/project/oauth

2. Upgrade process:

2.1. Backup current website.

2.2. Upgrade current website to latest drupal 6 (6.25) and also all active modules.

2.3. Check all modules to find new versions for drupal 7 or look for alternative solution to implement the features.

2.4. Disable all non-core/optional modules and change the theme to basic theme.

2.5. Download the drupal 7 and all module(for drupal 7).

2.6. Upgrade the website and check for errors (we will correct these error before going to next step).

2.7. Enable modules one by one to check and corect the errors.

2.8. Migrate cck fields to drupal 7 fields.

3. Upgrade difficulties:

3.1. Find alternative modules or solution to implement features.

3.2. The White Screen of Death (Completely Blank Page) when enabling a module.

4. New Features:

4.1. A sildeshow on frontpage for showing lubuntu screenshot

4.2. Some block to display new feed items, blog posts,...

Lubuntu 12.04 is now available

Julien Lavergne has released lubuntu 12.04. Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.). Lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such users may not know how to use command line tools, and in most cases they just don't have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions.

With many LXDE components, Lubuntu also uses well-known applications, such as Chromium, Openbox, Pidgin, to name a few. The Lubuntu project wiki contains more information on the project and the applications used available.

Download: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/12.04/release/
See the complete list of applications on: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Applications
The release notes, with a list of known problems are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PrecisePangolin/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu
You can find information on how to report a bug on this wiki page : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/ReportingBugs

Blueprint for lubuntu 12.10

Julien Lavergne started a blueprint for lubuntu 12.10. It's a summary of tasks we are planning for 12.10. It should be the base of the discussions we will have at UDS and afterwards. The blueprint is here: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/lubuntu-q-work-items

"You can use the white-board for comments. But, if you want to start a discussion for an application by default, you need some good reasons / objective arguments. You can also start a new thread on the mailing, if you want a separate discussion, but be sure to add a link to the blueprint so we keep it in mind during the discussion. The plan is to add all the topics to discussion for UDS. I would like to end the discussions about the applications by default after UDS, so we can focus on integration and testing."

Links: UDS is near San Francisco, between 7 and 11 May: http://uds.ubuntu.com

[via Julien Lavergne]

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