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.


  • 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

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

Reporting bugs

You can find information on how to report a bug on this wiki page


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 :-)


In the Lubuntu Web site, it is always said that Lubuntu is for old hardware, etc, sort of taking away the significance of Lubuntu. I worked a little bit with Lubuntu 12.04 and decided to try to install Gnome-shell, and it worked perfectly. I tried this with Ubuntu too, but Lubuntu was much quicker with Gnome-shell. It was 3.4 then, with all the nice extensions. I did the same with Lubuntu 12.10 and installed Gnome shell 3.6.1 from the Ubuntu repositories, using Synaptic. And what a quick Gnome 3 distro I have! My laptop is now more than 3 years old. It works well with Ubuntu 12.10 too, but Lubuntu+Gnome is quite fast. The other thing is in the "contact" page of Lubuntu is all about how to get help, but nowhere to write a feedback. Ubuntu forums always state that the "devs" won't look there, so I took this opportunity to write here. I thought of uninstalling Lubuntu-desktop, but I won't do that. I am going to have the best of both, Lubuntu and Lubuntu + Gnome shell! I have posted a screenshot in Have a good day! And thank you, Lubuntu people!

Thanks for the great OS.

Lubuntu is the best. It is fast, but it looks good! Perfect!

Firstly, I still get that message "You may wish to update this installer" This is a new version of the OS. If that installer isn't updated by now, it never will be. IWhen i was distro hopping I installed 'buntu OS's with no problem. Now, I can't get passed the "install 3rd party software screen". If it isn't finished downloading in 20 minutes, I'm uinstalling Mint Debian Edition, which means I have to get rid of Talking Cow Fortune and a lot of other non sequiturs. Or I may try the older version of Lubuntu 12.04 and then upgrade it.

I'm getting hanging on the second screen, (or sometimes when I've answered all the questions and it starts to install), on a fresh install of Lubuntu 12.10. This on a machine that had been working fine for months with Ubuntu 12.04 and various versions before that. I've now tried, (indeed, am NOW trying), to start the machine using the 'Try before installation option), and, as you ca by the fact I'm typing this in chrome), it starts installing and stops on the 'Preparing to install Lubuntu' screen for about 15 mins, apparently doing nothing. Then it goes through another couple of screens until the 'Welcome to Lubuntu 12.10 screen, then the install falls over and exits, leaving the rest of the machine working fine. I've checked the 'top' command and it seems to be running khung... something and ext4lazyinit or something similar.

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