lubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwahl released

Julien Lavergne and the team have released Lubuntu 11.04. It is now available:

Torrent: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-11.04.iso.torrent
Direct download: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-11.04.iso
Md5: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/md5sum.txt

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 current lubuntu applications on https://docs.lubuntu.net/lubuntu_applications.html

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 libraries and  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 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/ReleaseNotes/NattyNarwhal

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

lubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat released

Julien Lavergne and the team have released lubuntu 10.10. It is now available here:

What is Lubuntu

Lubuntu is an Ubuntu derivated 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 0.9.7, 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 10.10

See the complete list of current lubuntu applications on https://docs.lubuntu.net/lubuntu_applications.html

Improvements since Lubuntu 10.04

Applications by default

Programs installed by default have been updated

  • Added:
    • Update-notifier, to get notification for available updates.
    • Xpad, to create quick notes (similar to Tomboy).
    • Ace-of-penguins, to provide some games
  • Removed
    • Parcellite, which is not maintained upstream, is less useful since most of copy/paste bugs was gone with pcmanfm 0.9.X
    • Pyneighborhood was replaced by gvfs support of pcmanfm.
  • Changes
    • LXtask replace Xfce4-taskmanager for tasks monitoring.
    • Evince is now used for reading PDF, ePDFview have some serious memory leaks.
    • New theme

A new and fresh theme, made by Rafael Laguna, is available.

Installer slideshow

  • New slideshow is available during the installation, to describe Lubuntu and its features.

Indicators supports

  • Lxpanel now support Ubuntu indicators applets. This feature is turn off by default, but you can activate it by adding the “Indicators applet”.

New extras packages

  • 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)

LXDE updates

  • LXDE is now HAL-free. Lubuntu still depends on HAL for CD-burner, but by removing it, you can obtain a HAL-free system.
  • New lxappareance from LXDE git (without Openbox integration)
  • And the usual updates of LXDE and Ubuntu packages included in Lubuntu.== Releases notes and known issues ==
    The release notes, with a list of known problems are available on
    The release notes are available on https://docs.lubuntu.net/releases/lubuntu1010_release_notes.html

Specific Lubuntu changes

  • Lubuntu still contains modifications not available in the official repository, you can see them in the Lubuntu PPA [1] :
  • Autologin support in ubiquity (LP: #546445)
  • Support Install only mode in ubiquity
  • Support for lubuntu-restricted package in ubiquity

Thanks

I would like to thanks all people involved in the development of Lubuntu during this past 6 months. Thanks to the LXDE team for providing this fast and nice desktop environment. Thanks to Rafael for his wonderful work on this new 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, making Lubuntu better. Thanks to Phillw and Zach, our masters of the wiki and the documentation. Thanks to all people which help to provide support and documentation to new Lubuntu users. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Links

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

Lubuntu Maverick Beta 2 iso available

Julian Lavergne has released the Lubuntu Maverick Beta 2 iso is now available for testing. This is the last testing iso before the final release of Lubuntu 10.10. As the iso is still not build with Ubuntu architecture, this release and the final one will be named “Beta”.

== What’s new ? ==
Since Beta 1 :
– Bug fixes.
– 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)
– New lxappareance from LXDE git (without Openbox integration)
– And the usual updates of LXDE and Lubuntu components packages.

== Specific Lubuntu changes ==
Lubuntu contains 1 specific changes still not available on Ubuntu official repository:
– Support for lxdm in ubiquity

== 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

== Reporting bugs ==
You can find information on how to report bug on this wiki page :
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/ReportingBugs

== Download ==
Torrent:
http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-maverick-beta2.iso.torrent
Download: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-maverick-beta2.iso
Md5: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/md5sum.txt

Happy testing 🙂

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 :
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/ReportingBugs

== Download ==
Torrent:
http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-maverick-beta1.iso.torrent
Download: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-maverick-beta1.iso
Md5: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/md5sum.txt

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