lubuntu on Track to Official Status as Ubuntu Flavour

There has been news on some sites about “lubuntu” gaining official status. And YES we are on the way to official status and had some thumbs up from Mark and others at UDS in Budapest, but one thing is for sure: There is still a lot of work ahead. We can call lubuntu official, when the ISOs are build on the Ubuntu infrastructure and when lubuntu 11.10 will be out. This here is a quick sum up of the Ubuntu Developer Summit and the impacts on Lubuntu development based on notes of Julien Lavergne:

Lubuntu and official status

As said during the UDS session, we are on track for official status. Infrastructure issues are going to be solved and Lubuntu will be added to the list of flavors. We have all the authorizations for it, so I’m (Julien) pretty sure it will happen this cycle. We will have to work on stabilizing the new ISOs, but I’ll write again when it will be available.

Work during this cycle

A lot of work will be necessary to be ready for gtk3 migration. Don’t expect many new exciting features. Unless we have more people and developers coming along and helping with various projects, new features will not be on the top of the list.

Rewrite of the TODO page

To help to know where there is work to do, there is a list of todos for lubuntu. What needs to be done?

The different sections:
* Bitesize : It’s little bugs that should be easy to fix, and are suitable for new comers.
* Projects : It’s more than bitesize 🙂 It’s more difficult / long to implement, suitable for people who want to work on a more long-term project.
* Discussed projects : items that are discussed, but we are not sure if it’s useful, suitable, or possible for Lubuntu.
* Packaging : items relative to packaging, for Debian or Ubuntu.
* Upstreaming : it’s tasks to be done directly on upstream side.
* Project Organization : task for the general organisation of the project.
* Documentation : Various items for documentation.
* Later / To triage : not up to date, don’t look at it 🙂

When you want to work on an item, you should put your name at the beginning of the line, or put your name in the table. It should avoid duplicate work.


All should be summarize in the TODO page.

Mark Shuttleworth says “Thank you” to lubuntu community

lubuntu has grown into an amazing project over the last two years. There are more than 460 people who signed up with the project on my project team. Contributors are engaging to keep the documentation updated. Designers create lubuntu interface designs and others make videos.

Under the guidance of Julien Lavergne, the distro has become a stable and widely praised distribution constantly listed on the top end of lists of Linux distributions (comp.: distrowatch).

The next goals of the project are clear. Apart from constantly improving the distribution, the lubuntu project aims to become an official flavour of Ubuntu. Recent comments by Mark Shuttleworth thanking the lubuntu team add excitement in the community that this goal will be achieved in the near future.

“Thanks for the great work and progress of Lubuntu in the past 2 years. The fact that you are now 100% in the archive, and using PPA’s and other tools effectively, makes it possible for us to consider recognising Lubuntu as an official part of the project. … From my perspective, I see no problem in providing Lubuntu with the means to book sessions at UDS, and for us to call attention to Lubuntu in the project release notes. … Our goal with Ubuntu is to ensure that the archive contains the full richness of free software. LXDE is definitely part of that, and with the other desktop environments making greater demands on PC resources, LXDE has a continued role to play.” (Mark Shuttleworth, Apr. 26, 2011)


* Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu Technical Board Mailing List about lubuntu:

lubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwahl released

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

Direct download:

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.


  • 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

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


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.”