lubuntu maverick beta 1 release

Julian Lavergne announced on the mailing list the release of "lubuntu beta 1" Here are his notes for the beta release:

Please note that Lubuntu Maverick is based on Ubuntu Maverick, same warning apply: "Pre-releases of Maverick are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage.  They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs."

== What's new ? ==
Since Alpha 3 :
- New lxappareance from LXDE git (without Openbox integration)
- And the usual updates from Ubuntu.

Since the beginning of Maverick :
- Updates on programs installed by default :
 * Update-notifier was added
 * Xpad was added
 * Parcellite was removed
 * Pyneighborhood was removed
 * LXtask was added, to replace Xfce4-taskmanager
 * Evince is now used for reading PDF.
 * Some small games, powered by ace-of-penguins.
- New theme, made by Rafael Laguna
- New slideshow available during the installation
- LXDE is now HAL-free. Lubuntu still depends on HAL for CD-burner, but by removing it, you can obtain a HAL-free system.
- 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)
- Add support for indicator applets on lxpanel (turn off by default)
- And the usual updates of LXDE and Lubuntu components packages.

== Specific Lubuntu changes ==
Lubuntu contains 2 specific changes still not available on Ubuntu
official repository :
- Support for lxdm in ubiquity
- Lubuntu slideshow for ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu

== Testing needed ==
We'll appreciate some feedbacks about the followings recent additions :
- The new lxappearance

== Known bugs ==
* Start menu of the Live-CD is not correctly translated.
* Install menu entry in the Live-CD doesn't work.
* Keyboard layout is not correctly set on the Live-CD session.
* The splash screen on Live-CD session may fall-back to Ubuntu text one.
* Installer doesn't install correct restricted packages
* Installer breaks the slideshow (LP: #627623)
* Installer icon is not the Lubuntu one.

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

== Download ==

Happy testing :)


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: 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:

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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:

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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 :
- Direct download :
- MD5Sum:

== 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
The release notes are available on

== 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 ==
LXDE website:

[1] :

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


lubuntu 10.04 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 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 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

About lubuntu

lubuntu was founded after a meeting with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin during the Ubuntu Developer Sprint in February 2009 ( The website of lubuntu is The desktop currently ranks # 3 on the page rank hit on distrowatch (

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

Facebook Fan page:
Launchpad page:


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:


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.

lubuntu lucid Beta 3 release

The Lubuntu Lucid Beta 3 is now available released by Julien Lavergne. We are now close to the final release, this beta should be the last one before final release. The status of this final release is not determined yet ("beta stable", "rc final" ...), that's why its a beta and not a rc like other *buntu. However, final release is still planned for the end of this month, or in very early May.

== New stuff since Beta 2 ==

* Many translations directly included.
* Lubuntu-desktop PPA added by default on installation.
* Up-to-date libfm and pcmanfm2.

== 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)

== Testing needed ==

We appreciate some feedback about the followings recent additions:
- pcmanfm2, the new filemanager, is still in beta state. Please report bugs on

== Known bugs ==

* If you test on a USB, the first screen will freeze for a moment when you click on "Try Lubuntu ...". Just wait, it will continue as normal.
* Start menu of the Live-CD is not correctly translated.
* Updates available are not shown, you need to manually update your system.
* See also

== Reporting bugs ==

Bug reported during testing: If you want to create a bootable usb system, please use the usb creator directly on Ubuntu. Please follow the testing process described on this page : . You can also report problems and bugs relative to the tests on this page.

== Downloading =




Lubuntu Screencasts: XChat IRC Chat

This Screencast shows the basics of XChat the irc chat application under Lubuntu.
more on Xchat: Homepage 

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