Lubuntu

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Welcome to the Lubuntu flavour wiki page

The objective of the Lubuntu project is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI.

Lubuntu is targeted at PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware that, in most cases, just don't have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions. Members of the team take care of LXDE and other packages that are part of Lubuntu. Lubuntu received official recognition as a formal member of the Ubuntu family, commencing with Lubuntu 11.10. Even though Lubuntu is a lightweight distribution, it does not mean you will not be able to run all applications that other distributions are currently offering. It does mean that it is prepared and developed for low-specification computers. Nonetheless, you can run any application available in the official repositories, as long as your hardware can bear with it.

Please join us and contribute to an exciting international Free and Open Source Software project. We look forward to working together with you.

System Requirements

We have done many tests and we've found out that Lubuntu can be installed on a Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM, but such a system would not perform well enough for daily use.

With 256MB - 384MB of RAM, the performance will be better and the system will be more usable.

With 512MB of RAM, you don't need to worry much.

The default "Desktop" installer requires 384-800 MB of RAM (depending on selected options.) If you have problems, please use the alternative installer.

Get Lubuntu

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To download Lubuntu and see the various options available head over to Get Lubuntu. This section discusses both the standard installs and those required for computers with low memory (RAM), old chipsets (i586) and low disk-space (netbooks). Make sure to read the release notes!

Upgrading from last release

When upgrading, it is recommended that you back up your own data.

The update manager GUI will offer you the next release of Lubuntu (it shows as Ubuntu, but updates Lubuntu); Alternatively, launch LXTerminal and enter

sudo do-release-upgrade

Lubuntu vs Ubuntu

Both Lubuntu and Ubuntu share two major important things: same Core System and same Repositories. Lubuntu and Ubuntu belong to the same family and talking about each as totally different two systems is not correct since they have some things in common. Thus, we use the same Forum Area and share many Wiki Pages.

The differences between Lubuntu and Ubuntu are:

  • Different DE - Lubuntu uses LXDE while Ubuntu uses Unity as the default DE.

  • Different Default Applications

Other than that, they are the same. The DE is what makes Lubuntu a lightweight OS, and of course the selected applications too because we make sure to use the lightest applications which are not resource hungry. However, you are still free to use any application available in Ubuntu’s repositories, as long as your computer can run it.

Lubuntu is recognized as a member the Ubuntu family by the developers of Ubuntu.

As of 14.04, long term support (LTS) versions are available.

Lubuntu vs Windows 7

For those of you who are feeling that your computer is not working anymore with Windows 7 because, say, it is getting slower, here is a chart comparing Lubuntu’s starting applications and the most used softwares in Windows 7:

Lubuntu Application

Function

Windows Software

Included in SP1

Xpad

Stickies

Microsoft OneNote

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Evince

PDF Viewer

Adobe Reader

yes.png

Gnumeric

Spreadsheet

Microsoft Excel

no.png (Office suite)

Abiword

Docs

Microsoft Word

no.png (Office suite)

Simple-scan

Scanner

no.png (driver)

Gnome-disk-utility

Partition Editor

Disk Manager

yes.png

Light-locker

Screensaver

Scrnsaver

yes.png

Guvcview

Webcam Utility

no.png (driver)

Gucharmap

Character Map

Character map

yes.png

Scrot

Screenshot

no.png (3rd party app)

Hardinfo

System info

System profiler

yes.png

Mtpaint

Image Editing

Paint

yes.png

Xfburn

Cd Burning

no.png (3rd party app)

Pcmanfm

File Manager

Explorer

yes.png

Gcalculator

Calculator

Calc

yes.png

Audacious

Audio Player

Windows Media Player

yes.png

Gnome-mplayer

Video Player

Windows Media Player

yes.png

Transmission

Torrent

no.png (3rd party app)

Pidgin

Instant Messaging

Microsoft Lync

no.png

Sylpheed

Email Client

Outlook

yes.png

Mozilla Firefox

Web browser

Internet Explorer

yes.png

Leafpad

Editor

Notepad / Wordpad

yes.png

File-roller

(De)Compress files

Explorer

yes.png (only ZIP files)

Lxterminal

Terminal

cmd

yes.png (some features)

Gpicview

Image Viewer

Windows Media Center

yes.png


These are the minimum hardware requirements in order to run Windows 7:

  • 1 GHz processor or faster, 32 or 64 bits;
  • 1 GB of RAM for the 32 bits version, or at least 2 for the 64 bits version;
  • 16 GB of hard drive (32 bits) or 20 GB (64 bits);
  • Graphics card that supports DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0 controler or superior

For comparison, here are the minimum supported requirements of Lubuntu:

  • 266 MHz processor;
  • 128 MB;
  • 3 GB hard drive;
  • no fancy graphics

A more usable system would have:

  • 512 MHz processor or faster, 32 or 64 bits;
  • 512 MB of RAM;
  • 6 GB hard drive;
  • no fancy graphics

Contribute to Lubuntu

Do you want to help make Lubuntu even more awesome? Learn more using the links below. We need contributions in the following areas:

More detail are available on the Getting Involved page.

Links

IRC channels

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet chat. It is mainly designed for group (many-to-many) communication in discussion forums called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message. If you need help on using IRC please read this. Lubuntu related channels are:

Channel

Description

Contact team

#lubuntu

Lubuntu help channel

Lubuntu team

#lubuntu-offtopic

Community related non-support discussion

Lubuntu team

#lubuntu-devel

Lubuntu development and QA coordination

Lubuntu IRC team

Social media


https://www.facebook.com/Lubuntu.Official.Page
Facebook Official page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Lubuntu.Official
Facebook Official group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Lubuntu.Offtopic
Facebook Off Topic

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Lubuntu.QA
Facebook QA Testing


https://plus.google.com/communities/102737741860934586009
Google Plus

https://twitter.com/LubuntuOfficial
Twitter Official Group

https://www.reddit.com/r/Lubuntu
Reddit

https://www.pinterest.com/lubuntu
Pinterest

LXDE

LXQt

LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment. It is the product of the merge between the LXDE-Qt and the Razor-qt projects: A lightweight, modular, blazing-fast and user-friendly desktop environment. For more information on LXQt and the latest developments bringing it to Lubuntu, see here.

Lubuntu (last edited 2016-10-14 00:09:02 by wxl)