Ubuntu Google Summer of Code: Propose lubuntu projects

The Ubuntu community is a mentoring organization at Google Summer of Code. Besides opportunities participating at LXDE or Debian during GSoC, students also have the chance to propose projects for developement of lubuntu at the Ubuntu GSoC program.

GSoC page: http://socghop.appspot.com/gsoc/org/show/google/gsoc2010/ubuntu

Email for applications is: [email protected] 

The corresponding mailing list ist: http://socghop.appspot.com/gsoc/org/show/google/gsoc2010/ubuntu

Ideas list: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/GoogleSoC2010/Ideas

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.

* 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

Google Summer of Code: Participate in LXDE and Debian and help improving lubuntu

LXDE and Debian have been accepted as a mentoring organizations for Google Summer of Code 2010. This is great news for lubuntu, which uses LXDE and shares a lot (Code, packaging systems etc.) with Debian. lubuntu will profit from the development of LXDE and Debian directly. The lubuntu project is looking forward to a great summer with more people joining.

For Debian: Please check out the project information on the Debian wiki page here: http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2010 . Debian IRC on irc.oftc.net #debian

For LXDE: Please propose ideas for the program on the LXDE idea page. Students wishing to apply, please check out the Student Check List in the wiki and join irc.oftc.net #lxde for discussions. A Chinese channel is open on irc.oftc.net #lxde-zh. A German channel is available at #lxde-de. The LXDE mailing list is here: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxde-list

We also welcome prospectus students to discuss ideas for lubuntu on the lubuntu mailing list on [email protected] (Please join the team on launchpad to be able to subscribe to the team mailing list)

The application period starts on March 29, 2010.


* LXDE Idea Page: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2010

* LXDE Blog post: http://blog.lxde.org/?p=661

* GSoC program: http://socghop.appspot.com/

* Accepted Organization: http://socghop.appspot.com/gsoc/program/accepted_orgs/google/gsoc2010

* Mailing List: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxde-list

* Debian Overview Page: http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2010

* Debian Applying: http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2010/Applying

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.


* Lightweight X Desktop http://lxde.org

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