Full Circle Podcast about lubuntu

The full circle magazine contacted for an interview to learn more about the lubuntu project. They had a chat with me. Listen to it in the podcast:

Full Circle Podcast #8: More Opinion Than You Can Handle 

In this episode, Dave and Ed argue about evolution… of  Ubuntu One and Lubuntu.

Opinion: Why we need Lubuntu

Interview: Part I of the Lubuntu Project

Thanks to Dave and Ed for making people aware about lubuntu!

Creative Commons license of the podcast: (cc) BY-SA 3.0 Unported

Lubuntu Screencast : Bluetooth

In this Screencast I show you how to connect your mobile phone via bluetooth with your Lubuntu machine. 

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Lubuntu Screencast: Encode

This screencast is all about Encode. Encode is a gui to ffmpeg that allows you to convert audio and video files to various different formats. (including the brandnew webm format)
You can get Encode here: http://www.launchpad.net/encode

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Lubuntu Screencast : Kupfer

This podcast shows kupfer, an application launcher and quick searchbox with lots of plugins. 
Its very handy if you want to work very fast on Lubuntu. 

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Lubuntu Screencast : Deadbeef

This screencast is about deadbeef. Its an audio application and manager that allows you to load playlists very fast and quick. It may become the default audio player on lubuntu 10.10. 

Install PPA: https://launchpad.net/~alexey-smirnov/+archive/deadbeef

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Lubuntu 10.04 is now available for download

Julien Lavergne released the final "stable beta" version of lubuntu 10.04.

- Torrent : http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-10.10.iso.torrent
- Direct download : http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-10.10.iso
- MD5Sum: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/md5sum.txt

== What is Lubuntu ? ==

Lubuntu is a Ubuntu variant using the LXDE desktop. It's designed to be a lightweight and easy-to-use desktop environment. Lubuntu is currently not part of the Ubuntu family, and not build with the current Ubuntu infrastructure. This release is considered as a « stable beta », a result that could be a final and stable release if it was included in the Ubuntu family. Please note also that Lubuntu 10.04 is not a LTS version. For the future we aim to include all packages of lubuntu in the Ubuntu repository.

== Features ==

- Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
- Pcmanfm 0.9.5, the rewrite of pcmanfm using gio/gvfs.
- Lxdm, a new and lightweight GTK display manager.
- Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome.
- ... and, of course, based on Ubuntu 10.04

See the complete list of applications on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Applications
The release notes are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/ReleaseNotes/LucidLynx

== Specific Lubuntu changes ==

Lubuntu still contains modifications not available in the official repository, you can see them in the Lubuntu PPA [1] :
- New pcmanfm2 and libfm (LP: #523433)
- lubuntu-default-settings with pcmanfm2 support
- Fix for blurry shutdown-icon from elementary-icons (LP: #527345)
- Autologin support in ubiquity (LP: #546445)

== Thanks of Julien ==

I would like to thank all people involved in the development of Lubuntu during this past 6 months:
Thanks to the LXDE team for providing this nice desktop environment. Thanks to Rafael for his wonderful work on the artwork. Thanks to Mario for his wonderful work on the website, the wiki and all the advertising. Thanks to all testers which help in the testing process, and make Lubuntu better. Thanks to all people which help to provide support and documentation to new Lubuntu users. It was a pleasure to work with you. This release is not an end, but just the beginning. More will happen in the next releases :-)

== Links ==
Website: http://lubuntu.net
Documentation: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu
LXDE website: http://lxde.org/

[1] : https://launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop/+archive/ppa

faster, lightweight and energy saving desktop lubuntu 10.04 as stable beta released

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.

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 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.

About lubuntu

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).

Important Contributors

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)

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


Mario Behling
International +49 30 88764502
Vietnam +84 1286380690
Fax +4932121218971

lubuntu lucid final test release

Julien Lavergne generated a final iso lubuntu testing release before announcing the public release.

The download is available here:  http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-lucid-20100430.iso

(md5sum: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/md5sum.txt)

The release fixed a problem with installed languages, and includes some bug fixes for pcmanfm/libfm. 

Please test it and report any blocker you are encountering that would stop this release to become the lubuntu 10.04 release. This iso should be the last one if no other problems are found.