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Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 1

We’re preparing Lubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet, for distribution in April 2015. With this Beta pre-release, we are now at the stage of being semi stable. However pre-releases are not suitable for a production environment. Note: this is an beta pre-release. Lubuntu pre-releases are NOT recommended for:

  • regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • anyone who needs a stable system
  • anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable 

 Lubuntu Pre-releases ARE recommended for:

  • regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Lubuntu developers

 Read the release notes before downloading.

Lubuntu 14.04.2 available

Lubuntu developers are proud to announce that (with a delay of two weeks) version14.04.2 of the fast and lightweight operating system is now available for download via this link.Release Manager Walter Lapchynski explains: we had to delay the release for two weeks because of problems with X meta-packages which caused us numerous re-spins. But we wanted to do it right in order to maintain stability of existing installations and – on the other hand - roll up accumulated stable updates into updated images to reduce download requirements for new deployments.Jens Leineweber, Head of Lubuntu Press adds in: and because we want our users to experience a stable environment even for computers with low resources, we decided to not release a .2 version of the alternate installation. That's due to the fact, that we were not able to fix all the bugs brought to our attention.One major issue the team is fighting with is the debian-installer that causes troubles. Once again Walter Lapchynski: we've been asked a lot lately to stop doing alternates in lieu of netboot, but that's not really a good solution.The Lubuntu Team will now team up with the Ubuntu Release Team and Servers Team to develop a possible low resource version of the Ubiquity installer.Caution: before you install Lubuntu, we advice you to have a read of the Release notes!

Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn released

Julien Lavergne has released Lubuntu 14.10. Please download it 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.

New Features in Lubuntu 14.10

  • General bug fix release as we prepare for LXQt.
  • Many LXDE components have been updated with bug fix releases.
  • An update of the artwork (more icons, theme update, more compatibilities ...).

Lubuntu Applications

System Requirements

Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old.

Memory (RAM): For advanced internet services like Google+, Youtube, Google Docs and Facebook, your computer needs at least 1 GB RAM. For local programs like Libre Office and simple browsing habits, your computer needs at least 512 MB RAM.

Processor (CPU): The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8. Older processors are too slow and AMD K7 has problems with flash video.

Graphics chip / card: Nvidia, AMD/ATI/Radeon and Intel work out of the box, or the system can be tweaked to work fairly easily. You can get help at the Ubuntu Forums. With such graphics, or if you don't know, try the current Lubuntu version.

Known Issues

Installation

  • The i386 Desktop image is slightly oversized and will need to be burnt to a DVD or USB.
  • Encrypted install fails, though there is a workaround (1205397).

Graphics and Display

  • Pager preferences crashes, but a workaround exists (1272834).

  • Power manager is hard to see (1334088).

  • Horizontal bars on notification dialog; workaround exists (1362555).

PPC

  • Due to several bugs, including a showstopper for those with Radeon graphics (1377878), there will be no ppc release for this version.

  • We recommend using one of the LTS versions.

Ubuntu Release notes

Get Lubuntu

Head over here to get it.

Support

9 months support

Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Final Beta

Testing has begun for the Final Beta (Beta 2) of Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. Head on over to the ISO tracker to download images, view testcases, and report results. If you're new to testing, anyone can join and they don't have to be Linux Jedis or anything. You can find all the information you need to get started here.Please note that we especially need testers for PPC chips and Intel Macs. We have a special section discussing it here. In particular, if you have an Intel Mac, I have a few questions for you that might help us trim down the workload of the testing team.Also, if you have a PPC chip, we're about the only distro actively supporting this architecture. However, we are community supported, so without formal testing, the arch will lose more support. So please, join in testing!

Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Final Beta

Testing has begun for the Final Beta (Beta 2) of Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. Head on over to the ISO tracker to download images, view testcases, and report results. If you're new to testing, anyone can join and they don't have to be Linux Jedis or anything. You can find all the information you need to get started here.

Please note that we especially need testers for PPC chips and Intel Macs. We have a special section discussing it here. In particular, if you have an Intel Mac, I have a few questions for you that might help us trim down the workload of the testing team.

Also, if you have a PPC chip, we're about the only distro actively supporting this architecture. However, we are community supported, so without formal testing, the arch will lose more support. So please, join in testing!

Lubuntu Utopic Unicorn 14.10 β1

We’re preparing Lubuntu 14.10, the Utopic Unicorn, for distribution in October 2014. With this early Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next version (with  3.16.0-11 Ubuntu Linux kernel). Remember that this is an early beta pre-release, so don't use it on daily production computers.

We'd like you to join us for testing, especially if you have a PPC machine. We didn't have PPC testers this release, do there is no PPC release.

Read the release notes before getting the disc images, and contact us with feedback.

Lubuntu 14.04.1 release available

The first point release, Lubuntu 14.04.1 is available, and there are important bug-fixes.

Please install this new and better version of Lubuntu.

Updated Release Notes are here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu

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 

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