Julien Lavergne at FOSSASIA 2011 in Vietnam

Julien Lavergne, lead developer of lubuntu, gave a presentation about the lubuntu project and ways to involve at the FOSSASIA conference in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. Here are the slides.

Lubuntu Screencast: Alsamixer

In this screencast I answer a user question regarding the sound mixer under Lubuntu and show you how to adjust your mixer volumes with alsamixer and gnome-alsamixer. 

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Lubuntu 11.10 testing

New Build System: The transition from our internal lubuntu build to Canonical build has taken a little while. Whilst our Lubuntu head of dev (Julien) has managed to squeeze 26 hours into 24 hour days, also the people who look after the automated build system have been really 'up for' ensuring that they have lubuntu building automatically. We had a dip of 5 days, but are doing well. For them to be able to get not just a basic alternate install, but the full suite of all architectures is a testament to them. At present, we have daily LiveCD builds and alternate. There are still some things to iron out. Keep an eye on as to where we are up to. Regards, Phill.

lubuntu on track to official status as Ubuntu flavour

There has been news on some sites about "lubuntu" gaining official status. And YES we are on the way to official status and had some thumbs up from Mark and others at UDS in Budapest, but one thing is for sure: There is still a lot of work ahead. We can call lubuntu official, when the ISOs are build on the Ubuntu infrastructure and when lubuntu 11.10 will be out. This here is a quick sum up of the Ubuntu Developer Summit and the impacts on Lubuntu development based on notes of Julien Lavergne:

== Lubuntu and official status ==
As said during the UDS session, we are on track for official status. Infrastructure issues are going to be solved and Lubuntu will be added to the list of flavors. We have all the authorizations for it, so I'm (Julien) pretty sure it will happen this cycle. We will have to work on stabilizing the new ISOs, but I'll write again when it will be available.

== Work during this cycle ==
A lot of work will be necessary to be ready for gtk3 migration. Don't expect many new exciting features. Unless we have more people and developers coming along and helping with various projects, new features will not be on the top of the list.

== Rewrite of the TODO page ==
To help to know where there is work to do, there is TODO page for Lubuntu. You can find it on:

The different sections:
 * Bitesize : It's little bugs that should be easy to fix, and are suitable for new comers.
 * Projects : It's more than bitesize :) It's more difficult / long to implement, suitable for people who want to work on a more long-term project.
 * Discussed projects : items that are discussed, but we are not sure if it's useful, suitable, or possible for Lubuntu.
 * Packaging : items relative to packaging, for Debian or Ubuntu.
 * Upstreaming : it's tasks to be done directly on upstream side.
 * Project Organization : task for the general organisation of the project.
 * Documentation : Various items for documentation.
 * Later / To triage : not up to date, don't look at it :)

When you want to work on an item, you should put your name at the beginning of the line, or put your name in the table. It should avoid duplicate work.

== Other ==
All should be summarize in the TODO page.

Mark Shuttleworth says "Thank you" to lubuntu community

lubuntu has grown into an amazing project over the last two years. There are more than 460 people who signed up with the project on Launchpad. Contributors are engaging to keep the wiki updated. Designers create lubuntu interface designs and others make videos. Under the head of development, Julien Lavergne, the distro has become a stable and widely praised distribution constantly listed on the top end of lists of Linux distributions (comp.: distrowatch).

The next goals of the project are clear. Apart from constantly improving the distribution, the lubuntu project aims to become an official flavour of Ubuntu. Recent comments by Mark Shuttleworth thanking the lubuntu team add excitement in the community that this goal will be achieved in the near future.

"Thanks for the great work and progress of Lubuntu in the past 2 years. The fact that you are now 100% in the archive, and using PPA's and other tools effectively, makes it possible for us to consider recognising Lubuntu as an official part of the project. ... From my perspective, I see no problem in providing Lubuntu with the means to book sessions at UDS, and for us to call attention to Lubuntu in the project release notes. ... Our goal with Ubuntu is to ensure that the archive contains the full richness of free software. LXDE is definitely part of that, and with the other desktop environments making greater demands on PC resources, LXDE has a continued role to play." (Mark Shuttleworth, Apr. 26, 2011)


* Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu Technical Board Mailing List about lubuntu:

* lubuntu wiki

* Join lubuntu on Launchpad:

* Lubuntu on distrowatch:

lubuntu 11.04 released

Julien Lavergne has released Lubuntu 11.04. It is now available :
 * Torrent :
 * Direct download :
 * Md5:

== What is Lubuntu ? ==
Lubuntu is an Ubuntu derivate using the LXDE desktop. It's designed to be a lightweight and easy-to-use desktop environment. Lubuntu is actually 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 we was included in the Ubuntu family.

== Features ==
 * Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
 * Pcmanfm 0.9.8, a fast and lightweight files manager using gio/gvfs.
 * Lxdm, a lightweight GTK display manager.
 * Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome.
 * ... and, of course, based on Ubuntu 11.04
See the complete list of applications on

== Improvements since Lubuntu 10.10 ==
- New automatic way to build the ISO (thanks Jonathan Marsden)
- Modifications to the applications by default :
 * Switch from aqualung to audacious for the music player.
 * Switch from xarchiver to file-roller for the archives.
 * Switch from cheese to guvcview for using webcams.
- New added applications by default :
 * Gucharmap
 * Lxkeymap
 * Various documentations
- Lubuntu is now HAL free (thanks Xubuntu dev)
- New theme made by Raphael Laguna
- Lxrandr (Monitor settings) is able to save the configuration. Check the .desktop in ~.config/autostart/lxrandr-autostart.desktop
- Lxappareance is able to configure the font (antialiasing) and openbox directly.
- You are now able to call directly obconf to configure the number of workspaces, on workspace applet.
- Installer (ubiquity) support installation of Lubuntu and autologin configuration at install time includes in Ubuntu official repository.
- Icons on the desktop are now movable.
 - Fake transparency is available again.
- Lubuntu use now Ubuntu font by default.
- New Lubuntu text plymouth theme.
- Menus are now correctly translated.
- Menus have now an Administration and a Preference sub-menus.
- You can now change the layout on a Lubuntu session with lxkeymap (directly, or launched by lxinput).
- Updated installer, with new layout and screenshots.
- Fix a critical crash on qemu / kvm (thanks Fedora)
- Translations up-to-date with LXDE git.
- Up-to-date LXDE and pcmanfm.

== Releases notes and known issues ==
The release notes, with a list of known problems are available on

== Reporting bugs ==
You can find information on how to report bug on this wiki page:

== Thanks ==
Julien Lavergne: "I would like to thanks all people involved in the development of Lubuntu during this past 6 months: LXDE developers, people helping on IRC, testing and reporting bugs, making documentation and artwork ... It was a pleasure to work with you."

== Links ==
 * Website :
 * Documentation :
 * LXDE website :
 * Announcement:

Lubuntu Screencast: Remote Networking with OpenSSH

This Screencast is all about the basics of OpenSSH. I show you how to install an openssh-server how to connect to it and share data with it.

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The important commands to know are:

ssh user@IP-of-openssh-server

scp user@IP-of-openssh-server:/path-to-file-copy-from-openssh-server target

Lubuntu Screencast: Extreme Memory Tuning

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These are extreme memory tuning tips that might take some comfort away from your desktop. So make sure to have a backup and enough knowledge to undo those tuning tips.

Basic tuning by adjusting autostarted applications: If you installed a lot of applications some of the might put thereself into the autostart and will run everytime you fire up your computer (mostly in the background). If you don't want those applications to run at every start you can disable those by going to the menu -> preferences -> desktop session settings.

Advanced tuning by adjusting Lubuntus or LXDEs Autostart applications: Lubuntu and LXDE has some essential applications that will run everytime you start your system. These kind of programs manage your powersettings for your laptop or netbook or draw icons on the desktop. If you don't need these applications as you are using a desktop computer or simply don't need desktop icons you can disable those applications by editing the autostart script of the lubuntu session. This file needs root rights to be modified and is located under /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart.

Extreme tuning by adjusting the number of ttys(Notice: This only saves a few kBs of RAM): Lubuntu just as Ubuntu provides the user with 6 textconsoles besides the normal graphical user interface running ontop of Xorg. Normally you just don't need so much tty textconsoles and can disable them to save another bit of memory. To disable some ttys (leave at least one running for X crashes) you need to edit the configuration files in /etc/init/ttyX.conf (where X is the number of tty you want to edit). To edit them you need root privileges. You can than comment out the execute command at the bottom of each ttyX.conf.

So if you have gone through all this tuning tips you hopefully have saved some memory and have less memory consuming system up and running.

Lubuntu Screencast: Create presentations with Ease

In this Screencast I show you how to install and create presentations with the application called Ease under Lubuntu 10.10 .more Information on Ease here: Ease

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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


lubuntu 10.10 is entirely free of charge available for download from

Useful links:

* How to install lubuntu:

* How to upgrade from Ubuntu to lubuntu:

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

About lubuntu

lubuntu was founded after a meeting with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin during the Ubuntu Developer Sprint in February 2009 (Source: The desktop is currently among the top distributions on the page rank hit on distrowatch (

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)

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