Lubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus released

We have released Lubuntu 16.04! The Lubuntu team is proud to announce another great release. Please download it here:

New Features in Lubuntu 16.04 LTS

  • Kernel is now the 4.4 LTS kernel to sync with the 16.04 release.
  • 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-extra-sessions: In the past, selecting different sessions (netbook, gaming etc.) was installed by default. This is now an optional extra that can be installed by those who want this added functionality.
  • Lubuntu PPC Mac images are available in this LTS release.

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 pre-date 2000. The desktop images for lubuntu 16.04 requires a DVD / USB device to write it to, the alternate images are for those with have non-standard setups or Low RAM.

Memory (RAM)

For advanced internet services like Google+, YouTube, Google Docs and Facebook, your computer needs about 1 GB of RAM.

For local programs like LibreOffice and simple browsing habits, your computer needs about 512 MB of RAM. See minimal for systems below that 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.

Upgrade

Ubuntu Release notes

  • For a full list of issues and features common to Ubuntu, please refer to the Ubuntu release notes.

Known Problems

Common Infrastructure

For bugs affecting all flavors, please refer to the Ubuntu release notes.

Lubuntu Applications

This is our list of known bugs affecting applications that Lubuntu uses but relies on others to maintain.

  • Abiword language selector text cut off in abiword (1484785).

  • gnumeric menu ->help ->about gnumeric -> license button, does not work. (1516454).

  • Software properties gtk implies my cpu is unknown and not working. (1444682).

Lubuntu-specific Bugs

These are maintained by the Lubuntu team.

LXDE

  • run dialog called from one desktop opens on the desktop with preferences dialog, regardless of which desktop is current (1445818).

  • changing multiple desktop names only results in the first being changed. (1522625).

Lubuntu Desktop Installer

ALL DESKTOP IMAGES NOW REQUIRE A DVD OR USB.

 

Lubuntu Alternate Installer

  • Cursor invisible after timeout and screen-saving (1572640) and possibly (1568604).

All Alternate images now require a DVD or USB. As a workaround, use the server or netboot images.

PowerPC

PowerPC is only supported on Lubuntu LTS releases.

  • No slides are displayed in Ubiquity Slideshow while installing on Lubuntu or Ubuntu MATE PowerPC (1561573).

Do check with the PowerPCFAQ for known issues that are PPC specific.

Lubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf released

We have released Lubuntu 15.10! The Lubuntu team is proud to announce another great release. Please download it here:

New Features in Lubuntu 15.10

  • 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 ...).
  • The problematical iBus has now been replaced with Fcitx. With that change the fonts for Chinese, Japanese and Korean have been added back into the build.
  • lubuntu-extra-sessions: In the past, selecting different sessions (netbook, gaming etc.) was installed by default. This is now an optional extra that can be installed by those who want this added functionality.
  • Lubuntu Mac images are LTS releases.

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. The desktop image for lubuntu 15.10 requires a DVD / USB device to write it to, the alternate image remains CD sized for those who need this functionality.

Memory (RAM)

For advanced internet services like Google+, Youtube, Google Docs and Facebook, your computer needs about 1 GB RAM.

For local programs like Libre Office and simple browsing habits, your computer needs about 512 MB RAM. See minimal for systems below that 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 (Core)

Boot, installation and post-install

  • In Virtualbox, the installer currently has a bug where after the installation is complete, the installation medium will eject, but you will be unable to press ENTER to reboot. Powering off and back on should boot you into your installed system. This is being tracked in bug 1447038

  • The amd64 (Intel x86 64bit) images specifically targeted at Apple hardware (amd64+mac) are no longer produced. Most Apple computers are now capable of booting the amd64 image directly using the EFI (not legacy) boot method so long as their firmware is up to date. If for some reason your hardware doesn't boot properly using the amd64 image, make sure you don't have a pending EFI update and if that still doesn't ##work, then patch the 64-bit ISO using the software in bug #1298894 (tested working on Macbook 2,1). Alternatively, simply use the ##i386 (32bit) image instead.

  • Due to changes in syslinux, it is not currently possible to use usb-creator from 14.04 and earlier releases to write USB images for 15.04; we believe that it is also not possible to use usb-creator from a 15.04 system to write USB images for earlier releases. For now the workaround is to use a matching release of Ubuntu to write the images, but we intend to issue updates soon to work around this incompatibility. 1325801 (Lubuntu suggested workaround is to use OBI which is not affected by this problem).

  • The Unetbootin versions in the Ubuntu repos are old (1497604) (Lubuntu suggested workaround is to use OBI which is not affected by this problem).

  • Guided partitioning shortcut "max" gives minimum space instead 1163908

Upgrade

  • If several keyboard layouts are configured before upgrade, the wrong layout might be selected after upgrade (1447157) Re-select the keyboard layout of your choice from the keyboard indicator or system-settings to make it the default. This setting will then persist upon reboot.

  • Celeron M computers can have trouble installing, workaround exists.

Ubuntu Release notes

  • For a full list of issues and features common to Ubuntu, please refer to the Ubuntu release notes.

Known Issues (Lubuntu)

Desktop

  • run dialog opens on desktop with lxpanel config not current desktop (1445818).

Applications

  • lxpanel volume applet settings opens empty terminal window (1434774 Workaround Exists)

  • lubuntu-software-center only lists installed applications from alternate install (1467517 Workaround Exists)

  • Abiword language selector text cut off in abiword (1484785)

Support

Lubuntu Wily final testing

The final testing of 15.10, Wily Werewolf, is now underway. Grab the images at QA Builds. For details on testing head over to the Testing Wiki.

Lubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet released

The Lubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Lubuntu 15.04. 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 15.04

  • 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

  • Desktop installer does not reboot or shutdown when prompted at the end of the install in VirtualBox or VMWare, so a hard shutdown will be required (1447038).

  • Desktop installer fails to load desktop window decorations on Haswell Intel desktop with HD 4600 graphics (1445814).

Desktop

  • run dialog opens on desktop with lxpanel config not current desktop (1445818).

  • notification dialog has horizonal bars; workaround exists (1362555).

  • lxpanel volume applet settings opens empty terminal window; workaround exists (1434774).

Applications

  • lubuntu-software-center: can't find uninstalled packages on a system installed with the alternate image; workaround exists (1446830).

  • file-roller: "Add files" greyed out, can't add anything (1383902).

  • file-roller when launched from context menu of pcmanfm has password filed grayed out when creating a compressed archive (1432777).

  • gnome-mplayer shows 2 notifications for opening multiple files when window is not focused (1434347).

PPC

  • Lubuntu PPC is now LTS only.

Ubuntu Release notes

Get Lubuntu

Head over here to get it.

Support

  • 9 months support

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.

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