Taipei/Berlin/Paris, May 3, 2010: Following the release of the Ubuntu 10.04 desktop the lubuntu team announces its Ubuntu based light version. 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. Julien Lavergne, head of development from France, says: "lubuntu 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".
The first official version of lubuntu is released as a "stable beta" marking lubuntu as a usable system that is yet undergoing continuous improvements to enhance user experience and speed. 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. Mario Behling, founder of the project from Berlin says: "It should be possible to install and run lubuntu with less than 128 Mb memory. For browsing the Internet without flash 64 Mb RAM is probably enough on some machines, but for other applications the speed may not be suitable for practical use."
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. Applications included are Sylpheed as e-mail client, Openbox as window manager, the file manager PCManFM, GPicView Image Viewer, MTPaint, ePDFView, the music player Aqualung, Gnome-mplayer for videos, Cheese for webcams, instant messages with Pidgin, Transmission for Bittorrent, Gnumeric for spreadsheets and Abiword for word processing. Other applications are available through the packaging installation system Synaptic from Ubuntu repositories.
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.
Features of lubuntu 10.04 stable beta:
* 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 are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Artwork
lubuntu 10.04 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 OpenSolaris and 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. The LXDE Foundation, registered as non-profit association in Germany, supports the LXDE community by promoting LXDE in events, during the Google Summer of Code project and by collecting donations at http://foundation.lxde.org.
lubuntu was founded after a meeting with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin during the Ubuntu Developer Sprint in February 2009 (http://blog.lxde.org/?p=208). The website of lubuntu is http://lubuntu.net. The desktop currently ranks # 3 on the page rank hit on distrowatch (http://distrowatch.com/index.php?dataspan=1).
Julien Lavergne (Head of development lubuntu, France)
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)
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