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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)

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]

lubuntu 10.10 released

Taipei/Berlin/Paris, Oct. 10, 2010: Following intensive development Julien Lavergne, developement lead of lubuntu, announced version 10.10 of the lightweight desktop on October 10, 2010. lubuntu is a faster, more lightweight and energy saving Ubuntu variant using LXDE, the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. It includes a special selection of light applications combining easy usability and performance.

lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC users running on low-spec hardware. Improvements of the latest lubuntu version include autologin support in ubiquity, support of install only mode in ubiquity, support for lubuntu-restricted package in ubiquity. lubuntu 10.10 comes with a completely new theme by Rafael Laguna. Lxpanel now supports Ubuntu indicators applets. Added applications and tools are Update-notifier, to get notification for available updates, Xpad, to create quick notes and Ace-of-penguins, to provide some games. Parcellite, which is not maintained upstream, was removed and Pyneighborhood was replaced by gvfs support of pcmanfm. LXtask replaces Xfce4-taskmanager for tasks monitoring. Evince is now used for reading PDF. During new installations a slideshow now describes features of the system.

Minimum requirements for lubuntu are comparable to Pentium II or Celeron systems with a 128 Mb RAM configuration, which may yield a slow yet usable system with lubuntu.

lubuntu features lightweight design work, faster boot speed and a smart choice of applications aimed at keeping resource usage low. The standard web browser is Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome. Besides speed the lubuntu team aims to offer the best possible compromise for new users offering easy to use application.

While lubuntu is developed with the end user in mind, its lightweight approach also makes it attractive to corporate users focusing on faster completion of tasks. Applications included are Sylpheed as e-mail client, Openbox as window manager, the file manager PCManFM, GPicView Image Viewer, Transmission for Bittorrent, Gnumeric for spreadsheets and Abiword for word processing. A new meta-package (lubuntu-core) is available to install only core packages of Lubuntu.  A new meta-package (lubuntu-restricted-extras) is available to install restricted packages for Lubuntu (such as flash, java and extra codecs for chromium). Additional applications are available through the packaging installation system Synaptic from Ubuntu repositories.

Features of lubuntu 10.10:

  • Faster boot speed through integration of lxdm, LXDE display manager
  • Low usage of system resources through Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment
  • Lower energy-consumption
  • Access to software repository through Synaptic software manager

Images for press use are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Marketing

Availability

lubuntu 10.10 is entirely free of charge available for download from http://lubuntu.net.

Useful links:

* How to install lubuntu:https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu#Install%20Lubuntu

* How to upgrade from Ubuntu to lubuntu: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/DocumentationHelp

About LXDE

LXDE, the "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment. Started by Hong Yen Jee known under his nick name PCMan, in Taiwan in 2005, LXDE is today maintained by an international community of developers. It comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. LXDE uses less CPU and less RAM than other environments. It is especially designed for cloud computers with low hardware specifications, such as, netbooks, mobile devices (e.g. MIDs) or older computers. LXDE can be installed with many Linux distributions. It is the standard for Knoppix and lubuntu and it also runs with  BSD. LXDE provides a fast desktop experience; connecting easily with applications in the cloud and supporting a wealth of programs that can be installed locally with Linux systems. The source code of LXDE is licensed partly under the terms of the the General Public License and partly under the LGPL. The website can be accessed under http://lxde.org.

About lubuntu

lubuntu was founded after a meeting with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin during the Ubuntu Developer Sprint in February 2009 (Source: http://blog.lxde.org/?p=208). The desktop is currently among the top distributions on the page rank hit on distrowatch (http://distrowatch.com/index.php?dataspan=1).

Important Contributors

Julien Lavergne (Head of development lubuntu, France) 
Hong Yen Jee aka PCMan (Head of LXDE project, Taiwan) 
Mario Behling (lubuntu Project Founder, Germany) 
Andrew Lee (Debian Package Maintainer, Taiwan) 
Rafael Laguna (Interface designer lubuntu, Italy) 
Leszek Lesner (lubuntu Video Documentation, Germany) 
Phillip Whiteside (lubuntu Help and Support)

More about lubuntu

Website: http://lubuntu.net 
Wiki: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu 
Screencasts: http://lubuntu.net/taxonomy/term/66 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lubuntudesktop 
Identi.ca: http://identi.ca/lubuntu 
Facebook Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/lubuntu/105956559439428 
Launchpad page: https://launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop
LXDE: http://lxde.org

Contact

Mario Behling mb@lxde.org
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