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Lubuntu Lucid Alpha 3 "Preview 3"

Julien Lavergne has released the next Alpha 3 of lubuntu.

The Lubuntu Lucid Alpha 3 is now available. It is build with Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) which is still in Alpha state of development, so same warnings: "Pre-releases of Lucid 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." We passed Feature Freeze, that mean most of the features should now be available. It's now time for testing and fixing bugs.


New features since Alpha 2 :
* Main changes in the seed :
 - chromium for the browser
 - gnome-mplayer for the videos
 - network-manager for the network
* pcmanfm2, the rewrite of the file-manager, is now used by default.
* New artwork made by Rafael Laguna.
* A new session (Lubuntu-Netbook), which launched lxlauncher. You need to logout, select Lubuntu-Netbook session instead of Lubuntu, and enter login "ubuntu" without password.
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.
* Bug reported during testing :
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/TestingSubTeam
* Specific pages for pcmanfm2 bugs :
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/TestingSubTeam/pcmanfm2Testing

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: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/TestingSubTeam . You can also report problems and bugs relative to the tests on this page. Download : http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-lucid-alpha3.iso

How to make lubuntu better

PCMan, the founder of LXDE, has some ideas about "how to make lubuntu better", that I would like to share with you.

One thing I think every developer can do to make Lubuntu better is quite simple. Lubuntu developers can help check if dialogs in LXDE programs can conform to Gnome HIG. Currently, most dialogs in PCManFM/libfm are designed with Gnome HIG in mind, but there are still some missing bits. Since glade is used to create those dialogs, it's not difficult to fix them. If a dialog is too big for devices with small screen like Netbooks, "this is a bug" and should be reported in the trackers. Help is also needed to make them fit small screens. Most of time I develop them with small screen in mind so this might not a problem, but we need to make sure. Another thing you can do with the source code is making sure every GtkDialog is created with gtk_dialog_set_alternative_button_order() called. This is required to make all apps work in consistent ways. To improve user experience, those are things need to be ensure.

Links:

* Lightweight X Desktop http://lxde.org

* PCManFM/libfm http://pcmanfm.sourceforge.net