Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, Lubuntu 18.04 LTS has been released! With the codename Bionic Beaver, Lubuntu 18.04 LTS is the 14th release of Lubuntu, with support until April of 2021.
What is Lubuntu?
Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor which uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE). The project’s goal is to provide a lightweight yet functional Linux distribution based on a rock solid Ubuntu base. Lubuntu specifically targets older machines with lower resources, but also runs great on newer hardware. Along with a simple but usable graphical user interface, Lubuntu comes with a wide variety of applications chosen for their small footprint so you can browse, email, chat, play, and be productive.
Where can I download it?
You can download Lubuntu 18.04 LTS on our downloads page.
This announcement on our official website (Lubuntu.me, NOT Lubuntu dot net, which is not run by Lubuntu contributors) replaces the traditional release notes we have provided in the past on the wiki. We have left out some notes that are common to all flavors, so we recommend that you read the Ubuntu release notes.
Inspired by the new artwork design that comes with Lubuntu Next, thanks to the work of our artwork team, here is the Lubuntu 18.04 wallpaper:
Licensing information for the wallpaper is available here. Please contact Rafael Laguna if you would like exceptions to these.
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 (although some older computers are known to work as well).
- Memory (RAM): Your computer needs at minimum 1 GB of RAM to use Lubuntu, but we recommend 2 GB or more for better performance (with web-based applications).
- Processor (CPU): You should have (at minimum) a Pentium 4, Pentium M, or AMD K8 CPU.1
How do I get support?
You can get support for Lubuntu here.
If you would like commercial support, or more support than is provided on that page (for a low price), contact Simon Quigley and we can discuss options. Please note that this is not provided by Canonical.
How do I help?
We always need more help! Feel free to join our development channel (which is bridged three ways to Matrix, Telegram, and IRC) and talk to us there. Whether you know another language, have some spare time to help us test Lubuntu, are good at writing documentation, or just want to stay “in the know,” that is the place to be.
Otherwise, we publish a newsletter every Monday (typically) at 5 PM UK time which details the work that is currently happening in Lubuntu, including fixed bugs and ways you can help.
At this point in time, we are not aware of any non-trivial known issues in Lubuntu.
Did we miss something? Please file a bug and tag it with “lubuntu”.
Don’t want to file a bug? Let us know what the problem is (in detail, enough that we can reproduce it) and we can assist you in filing one.
Lubuntu Next did not get released alongside regular Lubuntu 18.04. More details to come in our next newsletter, but here’s a screenshot from Simon Quigley for the curious. 😉
1 PPC support was dropped in February, making Xenial Xerus the last Lubuntu release for this architecture.