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
lubuntu 10.10 is entirely free of charge available for download from http://lubuntu.net.
* How to install lubuntu:https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu#Install%20Lubuntu
* How to upgrade from Ubuntu to lubuntu: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/DocumentationHelp
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.
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).
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)
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