27 Apr

Lubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Released!

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.

What’s new?


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:

Lubuntu 18.04 LTS Default Wallpaper

Licensing information for the wallpaper is available here. Please contact Rafael Laguna if you would like exceptions to these.

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 (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.

Known Issues

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

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.

161 thoughts on “Lubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Released!

  1. Thanks for 18.04 release!

    Minimum memory requirements jumped up twice in compare of 16.04. Why?
    16.04: OS – 512, OS+web – 1GB
    18.04: OS – 1GB, OS+web – 2GB

    Can we install snaps in Lubuntu via GUI now?

    • > Minimum memory requirements jumped up twice in compare of 16.04. Why?

      Computers have evolved.

      > Can we install snaps in Lubuntu via GUI now?

      Probably using the Ubuntu Software Center.

        • It’s not the same thing.

          Please stop complaining about a number that we just bumped in the release announcement.

          The goal is to make sure people know that things like Firefox will need a couple of GB of RAM.

          • A swap partition can help with this, right? All I’ve got is a netbook with 1 GB of ram.

          • Is it possible to modify the Linux kernel to be able to open .EXE files without needing WINE? Lubuntu would be perfect for this because of low hardware requirements.

          • Although computers evolve, they are no supposed to waste resources in the O.S., instead of it, the maximum amount of resources must be saved to applications and not being consumed for stupid and severals background process.

        • Well actually the car-analogy is a good description, and it might be a good idea for people who do not want to buy and buy if the old machine still runs that we add some howtos for 7-12 year old machines. (like use xyz instead of firefox, really try Abiword before installing Libreoffice, RAM options and more. I use Lubuntu 16.04 on my very old subnotebook and 18.04 on my Desktop. Both are incredibly useful and good. In case 18.04 would not work with my oldie, I’d just go back to 16.04 (and will learn what to do after the 3 years period was over – probably using it offline only^^)
          Thanks for the wonderful work! Lubuntu helped me to get rid of Windows 99% (only audio production still needs Windows here, wine is great but still I need windows for that). Girlfriend is just switching to Dual boot with Lubuntu, usually step 1 before deleting Windows entirely 🙂

  2. You shouldn’t link to the other site claiming to be ‘the’ Lubuntu site. Linking to it might give it a higher ranking in Google.

  3. A big thanks to you guys there working so hard to make lubuntu one of the best distros. Lubuntu is indeed very fast on my 2GB ram laptop. Its so awesome. Looking forward to more perfomance and driver enhancement in Bionic. keep up the good work.

  4. Easy install on Dell Inspiron 5100. Although res stayed at 800×600
    during the install it was correct on re-boot! Works great!!

    Computer Summary
    Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
    Memory 1022MB (412MB used)
    Machine Type Portable
    Operating System Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
    User Name joe (Joe Moren)
    Date/Time Fri 27 Apr 2018 11:24:14 AM MDT
    Resolution 1024×768 pixels
    OpenGL Renderer (Unknown)
    X11 Vendor The X.Org Foundation
    Audio Devices
    Audio Adapter ICH4 – Intel 82801DB-ICH4
    Input Devices
    Lid Switch
    Power Button
    Sleep Button
    AT Translated Set 2 keyboard
    Video Bus
    Logitech USB Receiver
    Logitech USB Receiver
    SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad
    No printers found
    SCSI Disks

  5. Updated to 18.04 from 16.04 using the command line on a 32 bit laptop.

    I cannot get synaptic to launch from the menu icon.
    Tried to re-install synaptic via terminal but still it will not launch.

    It will open by typing synaptic under “run”, but without admin priveleges, so I cannot install/remove packages.

    Any advice gratefully received.

    • I have the same problem. For me, the workaround is to open a terminal window and use the command “sudo synaptic”.

      If you look at the properties for the Synaptic Package Manager entry, the command used is “gksu synaptic”. Apparently, the gksu package is no longer included.

      I have a similar problem with the Software Updater menu item. If an update requires admin privs (such as with a kernel update), invoking the update does nothing. In that case, I have to run a terminal command. I have updated Lubuntu many times, so I don’t know if this would be solved by a clean install.

  6. Severe kernel issues on ASUS UL50V. Machine usually rock solid for any Linux install I’ve thrown at it over the years.

    From USB load-up, kernel swicches computer off. Adjust to no acpi – gets a bit further – bombs during install. Very, very soft.

    Have re-installed 17.10, which has been rock solid across 3 of my computers. Will wait until later in the release cycle. Ouch… First real major blowout I’ve had in over 10 years. Sorry guys, for the bad news.

    I love Lubuntu.

    • An update:
      I noticed later when running Win10-64 on that computer (dual-boot), the speakers began making loud, crackly noises – even with sound turned off. I noticed that Bluetooth had been activated – something I never use on that computer. After isolation of Bluetooth, the noises did not return.

      Lubuntu 17.10 did not show up this speaker crackle.

      I was left wondering if, during the 18.04 install, if the Bios had not been affected, spilling over to the Bluetooth circuitry.


      • That does sound a lot like a hardware issue. But with this sort of thing it’s hard to pinpoint it. :/

        if you file a bug, link it here and I’ll be happy to chase it for you.

      • Ok, managed to install via Upgrade 18.04. Went on smoothly to 3 machines. All seem stable.


  7. I read somewhere that Ubuntu will collect user data unless they choose to opt out during Installation. I did not notice any such thing while installing lubuntu. Was the data collection Ubuntu-specific, or will lubuntu collect user data as well, and is there a way to undo it?

  8. Good news. I must download and test this release. I am witing for LXQT version, but sorry to heard that I have to wait more. Though, I am always with Lubuntu. Love you all.

  9. A big Thank You to the Lubuntu team! I installed Lubuntu 18.04 on 2 old laptops Thursday night right after it was released. The installation went smoothly. So far I haven’t encountered any issues running the new system. And I noticed some improvements over the old versions. Great work!

  10. I am running an up-to-date version of Lubuntu 17.10 on an i386 Acer Aspire One D257-1907. Will I still be able to
    upgrade to 18.04 LTS via the command line or the Software-Updater. I tried today (April28,18) but did not get the prompt for 18.04 ?


  11. I am very excited. I would install lubuntu. One question, however: does lubuntu 18.04, like ubuntu 18.04, collect telemetry data?

      • Thanks for feedback.

        Apparently these notifications to Canonical under ubuntu 18.04 happen automatically?

        That is very reassuring. In the long run, lubuntu will be a good solution as my hardware gets older.

      • Hello! I need some help figuring out how to correctly write a udev rule so that my extended display settings are saved and I am able to undock my laptop, use it, and then redock without having to correct the display settings again. I love the idea of running lxqt/lxde/lubuntu very much but I can’t seem to get it right. I am using an hp elitebook 8460p with a docking station connected to 2 monitors via displayport. Any help is very appreciated.

  12. Simon, before anything else let me congratulate you and all the Lubuntu team for another release.

    I would like to ask a question, however: IF i download and install one of the Lubuntu-Next daily builds, will it work (in terms of software updates and, eventually, distro-upgrade to – hopefully – a 18.10 release) just as well as good as the regular Lubuntu?

    The reason for my question is: I’m going to install a Lubuntu’s system into a friend’s computer, he’s already in his 60’s so i won’t install a regular Lubuntu now, for him to have a change of look when Next becames the “regular” version.

    Thanks and, again, congratulations for your hard work 🙂

  13. Hello! I just did a quick test drive and noticed that the Trash Can now has an option to empty it that was not available in 16.04. Was that just added or did it get added in one of the interim releases? Also, if I do a minimal install from a mini.iso, will it be included. Lastly, is the mini.iso install the same as installing from the image and choosing minimal install? Thanks so much!

    • Hi! I’ll answer your questions one by one. 🙂

      > I just did a quick test drive and noticed that the Trash Can now has an option to empty it that was not available in 16.04. Was that just added or did it get added in one of the interim releases?

      It was probably just added. But as we’re in maintenance mode for LXDE right now, that came from upstream.

      > Also, if I do a minimal install from a mini.iso, will it be included.

      A full install will be included. But yes, it *should* be there.

      > Lastly, is the mini.iso install the same as installing from the image and choosing minimal install?

      No, it’s not. A little ambiguous, I know (and something I didn’t even consider until now), but it’s just a full install.


      • Hi!

        Congratulations on an excellent release! Just a quick question – I wanted to use a minimal install, however when I select minimal during setup, it acts like a full install and puts an identical set of apps on. I was expecting minimal to just have a web browser and that’s about it, but there doesn’t seem to be any difference between the two.

        Is this a bug or expected behaviour?


  14. Thanks a lot, Lubuntu gave me the chance to revive my (very) old desktop. I’ve installed 17.10 a few days ago, and now looking forward to upgrade to a LTS version.

    If I understand correctly, sooner or later the upgrade will show up on software updater, right?

    (+1GB RAM on the way for a couple of euros, just to make sure!)

    • Yes. I should have clarified in the announcement (sorry!) but if you’re upgrading from 17.10 it should be available immediately, but 16.04 users wait until 18.04.1.

  15. I upgraded from Lubuntu 17.10 to 18.4 on my old Dell Dimension 8200 (1 GB RAM memory). That went smoothly. I had problems with a lot of swapping to my harddisk. After I changed the Swapiness (from 60 to 10) all works well.
    Thanks a lot.

  16. Lubuntu is my favorite OS on RPi3, it’s fast, light, robust and amazing…
    Just waiting for bionic release for RPi3.
    Thank you Lubuntu team, so much.

    Love you all 💙 😘

  17. Goodmorning all,

    (I live in the Netherlands)

    Installed Lubuntu 18.02 on my old small asus eee pc 701sd. Itś running better than with the 17 version. Great i can use still this old machine. It has a Intel Celeron M 353 / 900 MHz processor, and a 14 gb sd in it. Now 1 gb memory, but i can make it 2 gb. A small 800 x 480 (WVGA) screen, 17.8 cm diagonal !.
    So if you have an old eee pc, try Lubuntu ! I use it to look streaming video while busy with a real laptop 🙂
    Sometimes i have to change the video to 360p to keep a reasonable moving video.

  18. I am unable to access this website using most browsers due to error messaging saying there is a problem with the security certificate in regards to lubuntu.me

  19. Thanks Simon and team for your hard work. I have been a devoted Lubuntu user for many years. This release is running great on my old laptop.

  20. Desde Argentina, les escribo para felicitarlos por el gran trabajo. En mi notebook Dell 1750 de 4gb de RAM (del año 2009), pasé de Ubuntu 14.04 (muy lento) a Lubuntu 16.04 y noté una gran diferencia. Ahora, instalé Lubuntu 18.04 sobre Lubuntu 16.04 (formatee todas las particiones excepto /home) y funcionó de maravillas.

  21. In the future, will Lubuntu continue to be available in LXDE (even with the LXQT version)? I like LXDE. 🙂

  22. If I update lubuntu 17.10 right through the updated programs, will I be upgrading to lubuntu 18.04? I ask therefore when looking at the details, it only appears written Ubuntu 18.04, and would not like to have to switch from ubuntu to lubuntu after updating.

  23. 1. Will Lubuntu Next 18.10 be Xorg- or Wayland-centric?

    2. Firefox is a great browser, but it grows more and more huge with every new release. Doesn’t it make sense considering a smaller, Qt-based alternative, e.g. Otter or Falcon/Qupzilla, as a basic browser? (Especially in view of Wayand.)

    • A few of the missing pieces might be put in place when you read tomorrow’s newsletter, but I’ll try to answer your questions the best I can.

      1. *Lubuntu* 18.10 (we’ve made the switch) will be Xorg, but we’re moving towards Wayland.
      2. Yes, we ship KDE Falkon with Lubuntu going forward.

  24. Makasi untuk rilisan terbarunya 18.04 🙂
    Sesudah instal yang versi bionic ini, banyak fitur-fitur terbarunya dan kinerjanya lebih baik baik peforma maupun tampilannya tapi ada satu masalah yang saya rasakan saat menggunakan versi ini yaitu jika terkoneksi dengan internet PC jadi tambah lambat/berat 🙁 sangat berbeda dengan versi 16.06 LTS sebelumnya yang tetap ringan offline maupun online kenapa ya?

    Thankyou 😀

  25. Hello! thank you for your work! I enjoy Lubuntu since 2012. I installed successfully it on several machines, even on an old Asus eee pc 1001 Ha. Now I’d like to install it on an ASUS Convertible T101 HA but it seems quite difficult…

  26. Dear Simon, I have the same problem as Tony (April 27 at 9.52 p.m.). I updated from 17.10 to 18.04 LTS and now I can’t open synaptic, gparted + lightDM. Tony did not get an answer so far as I can see. Is there any fix to that problem?
    Thanks in advance, Jan

  27. Switch from windows about a year ago and lubuntu has treated me well.The lxde enviornment is familiar and very snappy. After 1 year of use, the system is still very snappy. Great work.

  28. For you users of java/jre under gui here, who want to install Java:
    – beware of -headless
    – beware of apt-get

    Plus, if you care for java-8 and want to avoid java-9-10-11 which breaks paths/to/lib/things-graphical a.o.

    sudo apt install openjdk-8

  29. Lubuntu is my favorite OS, thank you team for building an OS which doesn’t include spywares

    and It ran flawlessly on my 9 years old machine

  30. Got rid of Windows 10 switched to Lubuntu 18.04 & my laptop is much faster now & was easy to install…excellent!

  31. Firefox has been a hog for quite some time now; I’ve evolved over to brave for my browser. It may not be for everyone, as a beta, but it works VERY well for basic browsing/internet. If you’ve a slower connection, the shields will be of particular interest to you.

    • to qualify my last, I’m running a Zbox with quad core 1.6Ghz Atom processor and 2GB of RAM with ssd…a much more capable machine than some who may not be so lucky. Once lubuntu 18.04 gets to RPi 3B+, nobody should have any complaints.

  32. Lubuntu es un sistema operativo exquisito. Esta bien realizado. yo lo instale en un laptop hp de 20 gigas de disco duro y 512 mb de ram y va excelente. Maś rápido que el software de fábrica

  33. works good on my moms old lenovo. wont activate the wifi on my HP pavilon amd 64. has the driver listed but freezes when activating it. In Ubuntu studio running on it typing this now it connects just fine once installed, but not with flash drive or upon install. Keep up the good work though. this computer is a junker anyways.

  34. The USB drive I have used for Ubuntu ISOs since Feisty Fawn (and Lubuntu since it became an official flavour) is just a tiny bit too small for the 18.04 ISO. Sad!

  35. I was very pleased to see a new “minimal installation” option, since the first thing I always do after installation is remove all of the things I never use, but was disappointed that it doesn’t seem to work (all of the usual things are still installed).

    Is there a reason why a few (quite a few, I think) Lubuntu releases ago, the Windows key + Up keyboard shortcut to maximise the window was removed? Adding that back is another of the first things I always do after installation. I imagine that it must have conflicted with some popular application, but it is one of my most used shortcuts.

  36. I was pleased to see a new “minimal installation” option, but was disappointed that it doesn’t work…Once it gets fixed I would like to re-download the iso…

  37. Congrats to Lubuntu team, this release works like a charm.

    I have old eeePC 1011PX (Atom 570n/1g ram/ata hdd) with Lubuntu since 14.

    I’m amazed with difference – under 17.x it was barely usable; now, after release upgrade it feels like i3 😀

    Even Firefox is OK, but with Chromium browsing is totally comfy again 🙂

    YouTube works well and smooth, and I’m typing this in LibreOffice Writer.

    Thanks, and kudos for amazing job 😀

  38. “`
    Simon Quigley – April 28, 2018 at 1:48 am

    > Minimum memory requirements jumped up twice in compare of 16.04. Why?
    Computers have evolved.
    > Can we install snaps in Lubuntu via GUI now?
    Probably using the Ubuntu Software Center.

    BornRetarded – April 29, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    Imagine if your car used twice the gasoline because cars have evolved.

    Well, here at lubuntu we’re trying o support +2007 compat, legacy machines.
    i.e.: Whatever was the oldest software glazing on a new ’07 server, would stil glaze exactly on a ’18 build mach.

    So, as long as the “car” runs on the “gas”, we’d still call it a “functional” car, and not just a “structural” one.

    LOVE the new Artwork! 1on1 with them X’s.

  39. Hi, I’m using 17.10 and i’m afraid to upgrade because i don’t think i have the minimum requirements. I installed Lubuntu, long ago, because i really need a low requirements system. You see, i live in a shitty country with no possibilities to get a nice equipment and i read a previous comment about “computers evolved” that is simply NOT and answer to our conditions. So, if 18.04 won’t work or it wont support 32bits anymore, you should give more info. Anyway, my humble hardware is an Intel Atom N270 CPU, @ 1.60Ghz; 1,5Gb RAM… Should i keep 17.10 (at least until i find any other poor people friendly distro) o my Lenovo s10 could handle 18.04? Thank you!

    • The minimum requirements were bumped for the sake of web requirements. You can still use it under the minimum requirements, it’s just not recommended.

      I would recommend upgrading as soon as possible.

      Thank you.

  40. Why does your download page not mention anywhere that 18.04 Bionic Beaver is an LTS release? Yet for older versions it clearly shows LTS next to the version name

  41. I installed Lubuntu 18.04 lts on my old desktop at work … It works perfectly and the computer runs faster… Congratulations from France for the distribution! I found nevertheless an issue to install geogebra with the openjdk

  42. VirtualBox MAC Host, Lubuntu 18.04 guest. Cannot install. After choosing the language and either try… or install…, it tries to get in GUI mode, but the screen gets garbled (blue with white streaks which shimmer when I move the mouse i.e. something underneath is working)

    Is there a way, NOT to use GUI for installation, but a text, command line?

  43. Works like a charm. Thanks to all the developers and testers for doing an amazing Job 😀

    Have you thought about making a version for tablets instead? It would be great for education. Even budget tablets could be equipped with education software and could be used across schools around the globe, especially in developing countries. I am currently in education field in India. Please let me know if I can be of any help. Thank you.

    • > Works like a charm. Thanks to all the developers and testers for doing an amazing Job 😀

      Thank you!

      > Have you thought about making a version for tablets instead?

      I’m not exactly sure how that would work. We had some settings for this at one point, and it would probably be good to add some sort of mode for touchscreens, but I’m not entirely sure how that would be deployed (we aren’t a mobile OS).

      If you could shoot me an email at tsimonq2@lubuntu.me we can talk about this more.

  44. It us a shame its memory requirement has increased. I will stop using it as a result. I spent weeks searching for an good OS that would run on both my old 1 GB laptop and my desktop. I was so pleased with Lubuntu. Where do I go now?

    • You can still probably use it with your current system. The only reason it was bumped is that websites nowadays are RAM hogs, and might need more than a gig just for that.

  45. My laptop has a 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and it uses integrated graphics. The thing was so slow using google chrome and windows 7 (which is apparently what the original owner somehow had used for many years) so I replaced windows 7 with Lubuntu and gave it a try. I found a problem immediately, which is really two problems – Firefox was demanding and modern websites were slow.

    Ultimately, to fix this, I installed the Pale Moon browser. Now I can browse somewhat more comfortably, but websites like Reddit will still make the thing slow to a halt. Still, millions times better than windows 7 with google chrome. Thank you guys for working on this!

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