Lubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr released

Julien Lavergne has released lubuntu 14.04.

Lubuntu 14.04 is available here

What is Lubuntu ?

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.). Lubuntu is targeted at “normal” PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such 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.

With many LXDE components, Lubuntu also uses well-known applications, such as Firefox, Openbox, Pidgin, to name a few. The Lubuntu project wiki contains more information on the project and the applications used available.

Features

  • Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
  • Pcmanfm, a fast and lightweight files manager using gio/gvfs.
  • Openbox, the fast and extensible, default windows-manager of LXDE.
  • Lightdm, using the simple GTK greeter
  • Firefox, the famous web browser.
  • … and, of course, based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

See the complete list of applications on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/Setup#Applications

Improvements since Lubuntu 13.10

  • LTS Support (3 years).
  • New pcmanfm (1.2.0 version), with a lot of new features (folder settings, dual pane view, menu editing).
  • New lxsession-default-apps with a new user interface.
  • An update of the artwork (new icons, theme update, more compatibilities …).

Releases notes and known issues

The release notes, with a list of known problems are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu

Reporting bugs

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

Thanks

A big thank to everyone involving in the development of this new great release : LXDE developers, Ubuntu developers, ISO testers, artwork and design people, social-network & blog writers, support & IRC keepers … It’s another success of a great team work

New Features in Lubuntu 14.04

  • LTS Support (3 years).
  • New pcmanfm (1.2.0 version), with a lot of new features (folder settings, dual pane view, menu editing).
  • New lxsession-default-apps with a new user interface.
  • An update of the artwork (new icons, theme update, more compatibilities …).

Lubuntu Applications

System Requirements

A Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM is probably a bottom-line configuration that may yield slow yet usable system with a standard lubuntu desktop.

14.04 32 bit ISO require your CPU to have Physical Address Extensions, or PAE. “PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs, including all later Pentium-series processors (except most 400 MHz-bus versions of the Pentium M).” – If you have an error with Celeron M reporting “NON-PAE CPU” and would like to install Lubuntu 14.04, please see this page

For PowerPC, it is known to run on a G4 running at 867MHz with 640MB RAM.

For Intel based Macs, lubuntu should run on all models.

Known Issues

Installation

  • Some keyboard layouts may have problems (such as UK ones). You can workaround the problem by removing all the ibus-* packages (see 1284635))

Graphics and Display

Applications

  • Network indicator on the panel may not start at login. You can start it manually by launching “nm-applet” in a terminal. Some others autostarted applications may also be affected (such as automatic updates). See 1308348 for the details and the ETA for the fix.

PPC

  • PPC has several issues and workarounds, please refer to the documentation on the wiki.
  • Slideshow on PPC Desktop ISO was removed because of a bug on webkit (996568)
  • Installer on Desktop PPC (Ubiquity) is enable to resize and split partitions. you can use Gparted before launching the installation to make the modifications to your partitions (1307994)

Ubuntu Release notes

Get Lubuntu

Head over here to get it.

Support

  • LTS support (3 years)

Links

Lubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander released

Julien Lavergne has released lubuntu 13.10. Lubuntu 13.10 is available here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/13.10/release/

What is Lubuntu ?

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.). Lubuntu is targeted at “normal” PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such 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.

With many LXDE components, Lubuntu also uses well-known applications, such as Firefox, Openbox, Pidgin, to name a few. The Lubuntu project wiki contains more information on the project and the applications used available.

Features

  • Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment.
  • Pcmanfm, a fast and lightweight files manager using gio/gvfs.
  • Openbox, the fast and extensible, default windows-manager of LXDE.
  • Lightdm, using the simple GTK greeter
  • Firefox, as the new choice for lubuntu 13.10
  • … and, of course, based on Ubuntu 13.10.

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

Improvements since Lubuntu 13.04

  • New version of pcmanfm / libfm (1.1.0) including a built-in search utility.
  • Artwork improvements, including new wallpapers, community wallpapers, new icons …
  • Removing catfish, since pcmanfm has its own search utility
  • Fix a very old bug causing gnome-mplayer to crash with some CPU (P4)
  • Several fixes for the image viewer gpicview.

System Requirements

A Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM is probably a bottom-line configuration that may yield slow yet usable system with a reduced lubuntu desktop.

13.10 32 bit ISO require your CPU to have Physical Address Extensions, or PAE. “PAE is provided by Intel Pentium Pro and above CPUs, including all later Pentium-series processors (except most 400 MHz-bus versions of the Pentium M).”

If you have a pre-Pentium II CPU, start from the Ubuntu 12.04 mini.iso.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/Documentation/MinimalInstall
and please consider the tips in this link
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2130640

If you have a Celeron M or Pentium M CPU without a PAE flag but with PAE
capability, use fake-PAE according to this link
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu-fake-PAE

For PowerPC, it is known to run on a G4 running at 867MHz with 640MB RAM.

For Intel based Macs, lubuntu should run on all models.

Known Issues

Installation

Graphics and Display

  • PPC issued are detailed above.

Applications

  • Blank boxes appear when hardinfo is started, and needed to be closed before accessing to the application (1029212)
  • Different spacing for the icons on the right corner of lxpanel (1056547)
  • Software sources takes 30 seconds to load (1073728)
  • Clicking on Ibus icon start the deamon, but doesn’t display an icon (1041933)
  • Some actions on the menu may cause an harmless crash of menu-cache (1098732)

Ubuntu Release notes

For common issues with Ubuntu, please refer to the Ubuntu release notes.

Releases notes and known issues

The release notes, with a list of known problems are available on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SaucySalamander/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu

Reporting bugs

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

Thanks

A big thanks to everyone involving in the development of this new great release: LXDE developers, Ubuntu developers, ISO testers, artwork and design people, social-network & blog writers, support & IRC keepers … It’s another success of a great team work.

Links

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 – get involved

Julien Lavergne posted ways to get involved into lubuntu on the mailing list of the project and I am reposting his suggestions here.

This is a quick summarize for people wanted to help on Lubuntu. In general, all tasks will be documented on the Subteams pages:

== Participate to the LXDE project ==
This is the most efficient way to contribute to Lubuntu. If you want a functionality, translate a package etc … you should directly work with LXDE.

== Create an artwork for Lubuntu ==
We don’t have an original artwork, and it’s an important goal for Lucid. Some works began on the LXDE forum, but there is a lots to do to create a complete set of artwork. Currently, it could be nice to have:

  • 1 wallpaper
  • 1 icon set
  • 1 GTK engine
  • 1 login manager theme (for lxdm)
  • Custom configuration for GTK theme in the session
  • 1 openbox theme
  • 1 banner for logout
  • 1 logo for the main menu
  • 1 background image for lxpanel
  • 1 cursor
  • Specific icons for lxpanel
  • 1 splash screen (for usplash or/and plymouth)

Please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/ArtworkSubTeam/Documentation for details.
If you want to work on artwork, you should contact the Ubuntu Art Team. There are a very good experience on making artwork for K/X/Ubuntu etc … It’s also important to work on the artwork, as a complete set. It’s better to submit a wallpaper + icon set + gtk engine together than separately.

IMPORTANT NOTE : We didn’t have currently decide the colors of the artwork. We should discuss and decide this on the next IRC meeting. But you can create some mockups to add them to the discussion :)

== Triage bugs on Launchpad ==
We need to manage bug reports for many packages (mostly, the LXDE core packages).
See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/HowToTriage/ for an overview of the triaging on Ubuntu.
The current packages and bugs are here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/~lubuntu-packaging/+packagebugs
Most important to know is:

  • Is the bug is correctly affected?
  • Is the bug still reproductible by user in Ubuntu 9.10? By you?
  • Is there a solution/patch available on the bug? Upstream? In another distribution?

== Fix bugs / Develop features ==
If you want to work on a bug, you should affect it to you so people know you are working on it. If you want to implement a feature, or working on a patch, you should open a bug on Launchpad, so people can eventually help you. I’ll try to add a TODO list for packagers who want to help but want some mentoring or ideas (See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/CodingAndPackagingSubTeam for futur information).

== Testing ==
We may have some ISO to test near the Alpha 1 of Lucid, it’s a good occasion to test if it’s working, and report bugs. You don’t need to know how to code for this, just use Lubuntu and report bugs/complain about it. You can also install a command line Lucid system in VirtualBox and install lubuntu-desktop package by “sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends lubuntu-desktop”. Another way is to test a pristine lxde session by installing the lxde package, and see if no Lubuntu specific patch cause problems in a standart LXDE session. To report bug, do ubuntu-bugs the_name_of_the_package_affected. If you don’t know, use ubuntu-bug lubuntu-meta, we’ll triage it for you :) Testing (and reporting problems) is critical, because developers can only try to fix problems if there are reported.

== Improve the Documentation ==
Our wiki ( https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu ) can always be improved. If you intend to do massive changes, please inform the mailing list before.

Feel free to add others tasks if you have any in mind. Some others tasks will probably appear in the futur on this mailing list or on the SubTeams pages. Also, you can ask any questions on any of those items on the mailing list.

Thanks in advance for your help :)