Lubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet released

The Lubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Lubuntu 15.04. Please download it 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.

New Features in Lubuntu 15.04

  • General bug fix release as we prepare for LXQt.
  • Many LXDE components have been updated with bug fix releases.
  • An update of the artwork (more icons, theme update, more compatibilities …).

Lubuntu Applications

System Requirements

Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old.

Memory (RAM)

For advanced internet services like Google+, Youtube, Google Docs and Facebook, your computer needs at least 1 GB RAM.

For local programs like Libre Office and simple browsing habits, your computer needs at least 512 MB RAM.

Processor (CPU)

The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8.

Older processors are too slow and AMD K7 has problems with flash video.

Graphics chip / card

Nvidia, AMD/ATI/Radeon and Intel work out of the box, or the system can be tweaked to work fairly easily. You can get help at the Ubuntu Forums. With such graphics, or if you don’t know, try the current Lubuntu version.

Known Issues

Installation

  • Desktop installer does not reboot or shutdown when prompted at the end of the install in VirtualBox or VMWare, so a hard shutdown will be required (1447038).
  • Desktop installer fails to load desktop window decorations on Haswell Intel desktop with HD 4600 graphics (1445814).

Desktop

  • run dialog opens on desktop with lxpanel config not current desktop (1445818).
  • notification dialog has horizonal bars; workaround exists (1362555).
  • lxpanel volume applet settings opens empty terminal window; workaround exists (1434774).

Applications

  • lubuntu-software-center: can’t find uninstalled packages on a system installed with the alternate image; workaround exists (1446830).
  • file-roller: “Add files” greyed out, can’t add anything (1383902).
  • file-roller when launched from context menu of pcmanfm has password filed grayed out when creating a compressed archive (1432777).
  • gnome-mplayer shows 2 notifications for opening multiple files when window is not focused (1434347).

PPC

  • Lubuntu PPC is now LTS only.

Ubuntu Release notes

Get Lubuntu

Head over here to get it.

Support

Links

Lubuntu Utopic Unicorn 14.10 β1

We’re preparing Lubuntu 14.10, the Utopic Unicorn, for distribution in October 2014. With this early Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next version (with  3.16.0-11 Ubuntu Linux kernel). Remember that this is an early beta pre-release, so don’t use it on daily production computers.

We’d like you to join us for testing, especially if you have a PPC machine. We didn’t have PPC testers this release, do there is no PPC release.

Read the release notes before getting the disc images, and contact us with feedback.

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 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 🙂

 

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