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 10.04 Lucid Lynx released

Julien Lavergne released the final “stable beta” version of lubuntu 10.04.

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 current applications on https://docs.lubuntu.net/lubuntu_applications.html
The release notes are available on https://docs.lubuntu.net/releases/lubuntu1004_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] :
– 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

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

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

lubuntu lucid final test release

Julien Lavergne generated a final iso lubuntu testing release before announcing the public release.

The download is available here:  http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-lucid-20100430.iso

(md5sum: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/md5sum.txt)

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 2 release

Julien Lavergne has released Lubuntu Lucid Beta 2. Don’t forget that it’s build with Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) which is still in Beta 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 stuff since Beta 1 ==
* Auto-login at install time
* Support encrypted home directory
* Up-to-date lxdm, 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)
– New lxdm

== Testing needed ==
I’ll appreciate some feedbacks about the followings recent additions :
– pcmanfm2, the new filemanager, is still in beta state. Please report bugs on
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/TestingSubTeam/pcmanfm2Testing
– The new lxdm may fixed some issue regarding the keyring and PAM support, but it needs more tests.

== 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.
* See also https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/TestingSubTeam

== Reporting bugs ==
Bug reported during testing : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/TestingSubTeam

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.

Torrent: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-lucid-beta2.iso.torrent

Download: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-lucid-beta2.iso

MD5: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/md5sum.txt

Links

* https://launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop/+archive/ppa

lubuntu Lucid Beta 1 released

Julien Lavergne has released lubuntu Lucid Beta 1. Don’t forget that it’s build with Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) which is still in Beta 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 means most of the features should now be available. It’s now time for testing and fixing bugs.

== New stuff since Alpha 3 ==
* New logo made by Rafael Laguna.
* Addition to the seed
– gnome-disk-utility
– simple-scan

== 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
– lubuntu-artwork with new logo
– lubuntu-meta updated
– lxsession 0.4.3 (LP: #541559)
– lxterminal 0.1.7 (LP: #533466)
– Autostart gnome-authentification (for polkit support) (LP: #529492)
– Fix for blurry shutdown-icon from elementary-icons (LP: #527345)
– Don’t autostart print applet (LP: #529472)

== Testing needed ==
I’ll appreciate some feedbacks about the followings recent additions:
– pcmanfm2, the new filemanager, is still in beta state. Please report bugs on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/TestingSubTeam/pcmanfm2Testing
– lxterminal (new version available)
– Logout command (hibernate, suspend, logout etc …)

== 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.
* See also https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/TestingSubTeam

== Reporting bugs ==
Bug reported during testing: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/TestingSubTeam

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.

==Links==
* Torrent: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-lucid-beta1.iso.torrent
* Download: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-lucid-beta1.iso
* PPA:  https://launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop/+archive/ppa