05 Apr

Lubuntu 20.04 LTS Beta Released!

Your Lubuntu team has been hard at work, and has now released the beta version of Lubuntu 20.04 LTS. This will be our 18th release of Lubuntu, our fourth LTS release, but is our first LTS with the new LXQt desktop.

Between April 2nd and April 23rd, all efforts will be focused on testing our product before its final release; finding any missed bugs and getting those squashed. These beta images are not intended to be used on a production system. We strongly encourage anyone willing to test the new images to join our development group, our forum, or the new Ubuntu community group that is coordinating testing for all the flavors on IRC or Telegram. For more information on testing Lubuntu please visit our wiki page. We’ll love all the spare time anyone can provide, to help test our upcoming Lubuntu 20.04 LTS release, and make this the best Lubuntu release ever.

Where can I download it?

You can download the Beta images off of our downloads page.

A note about the Lubuntu Wallpaper Contest

For this release we once again asked the community to get involved in creating the wallpaper for the desktop. The submissions were fantastic and the decision was difficult for the committee to decide. The committee scored the choices and narrowed the selection down. The Lubuntu Members then voted for the winning wallpaper. While the wallpapers didn’t make it into this Beta release, we are packaging them up and you can expect to see them in time for the final release.

Thanks to our Contributors!

This release would not be possible without significant contributions. Thank you for taking the time to develop, support, test and promote Lubuntu. We also want to thank those that choose to donate!

12 Feb

Lubuntu 18.04.4 Released!

Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, we are pleased to announce that Lubuntu 18.04.4 LTS has been released!

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 18.04.4 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 The Difference Between Lubuntu 18.04.3 LTS And This Release?

Lubuntu 18.04.4 is a set of images produced for convenience so that a fresh install of the latest Lubuntu LTS does not require as many updates after install (as Lubuntu continues to release Stable Release Updates and security fixes to make your experience as smooth as possible and to fix any bugs, if you want to help us out with this, see below, we always need more help). If you do system updates regularly, you are already running Lubuntu 18.04.4 LTS, and if you install Lubuntu on a system using a Lubuntu 18.04.3 LTS image or a previous point release and do system updates, that system will also then be running Lubuntu 18.04.4 LTS.

At this time, this will be the last planned 18.04 release for Lubuntu, thus also making it both the last LXDE release as well as the last i386 release.

How do I get support?

You can get support for Lubuntu here.

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.

Known Issues

Bug 186192  If there is less free space on the target drive than the USB install media, the installer may attempt to install to the USB drive while it is being used. Due to this we recommend not utilizing the install alongside option unless there is sufficient free space.

Did we miss something? Please file a bug and tag it with “lubuntu”. You can find out more about filing bugs at our wiki page.

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.

Thanks to our testers!

Huge thanks to Chris Guiver (guiverc), Leó Kolbeinsson (leoK), Bill (franksmcb) from the Mate team, and others for testing this release.

12 Jan

Lubuntu 19.04 End of Life and Current Support Statuses

Lubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) will reach End of Life on Thursday, January 23, 2020. This means that after that date there will be no further security updates or bugfixes released. We highly recommend that you update to 19.10 as soon as possible if you are still running 19.04.

After January 23rd, the only supported releases of Lubuntu will be 18.04, with LXDE, and 19.10, with LXQt. All other releases of Lubuntu will be considered unsupported, and will no longer receive any further updates from the Lubuntu team.

You can find instructions on how to upgrade your Lubuntu installation here at our manual page.

Note, due to the extensive changes required for the shift in desktop environments, the Lubuntu team does not support upgrading from 18.04 or below to any greater release. Doing so will result in a broken system. If you are on 18.04 or below and would like to upgrade, please do a fresh install. The installation image can be obtained from our downloads page.

02 Dec

Lubuntu Focal Fossa 20.04 LTS Wallpaper Contest

The Lubuntu Team is pleased to announce we are running a Focal Fossa wallpaper competition, giving you, our community, the chance to submit, and get your favorite wallpapers included in the Lubuntu 20.04 LTS (Long Term Support) release.

Show Your Artwork

To enter, simply post your image into this thread on our Discourse forum.

We will close this thread on February 25th, 2020 and the judging will begin. No late submissions will be accepted.

The wallpaper selection committee will select the finalists for the Lubuntu Members to vote on.

Rules

There are a few rules though. Please make sure you are happy to submit your work under these rules before you post it. Posting your images here indicates acceptance of the rules.

Ownership

The images you upload must be yours. If you see an image which you know to be misrepresented please flag it and we will take care of it.

Size

Please don’t upload the full-size image to discourse. Large images will slow down this thread so please use smaller images here. In due course, we will contact submitters for access to finalist images, which should be at least 2560×1600.

Quality

As previously mentioned, the final image size should be at least 2560×1600 pixels. Images much smaller than this won’t scale up well. Equally, images with a lot of compression artifacts won’t look good. Your image won’t be accepted if the quality is low.

Watermarking

Personal watermarks should be removed. Acceptable watermarks include the “Lubuntu” name, Lubuntu logo, “Focal Fossa” release name, and “20.04” release version. Any images with other watermarks will not be accepted. Watermarks should be kept small and unobtrusive to the image.

License

Your image(s) must be licensed under the CC BY-SA 4.06 or CC BY 4.03 license. If you do not specify a license in your post then we will assume that you are licensing the image under the CC BY-SA 4.0. By entering the competition you are agreeing to these license terms.

There is more information available here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuFreeCultureShowcase

You can share your artistic talent with all the Lubuntu users!

Get snapping & adding your submissions here.

Additional note: If your image is smaller than 2560×1600 and is so great you feel it should be considered, submit it anyway with a note on what resolution can be supplied. We may decide it’s so good we must include it as well.

27 Sep

Lubuntu 19.10 Beta Released!

We are pleased to announce that the beta images for Lubuntu 19.10 have been released!

While we have reached the bugfix-only stage of our development cycle, these images are not meant to be used in a production system. We highly recommend joining our development group or our forum to let us know about any issues.

Where can I download it?

You can download the Beta images off of our Downloads page.

Results of the Lubuntu Wallpaper Contest

For this release we asked the community to get involved in creating the wallpaper for the desktop. The submissions were fantastic and the decision was difficult for the committee to decide. The committee scored the choices and narrowed the selection down. The Lubuntu Members then voted for the winning wallpaper:

The author provided some context around their creation:

Hello, how are you? Very happy to participate in the contest and to have been selected to be part of the desktop of the next version of Lubuntu.
I send you the final version of the desktop wallpaper that I created for the attached contest like LubuntuFINAL.svg, created in Inkscape and also a .zip file with different design variants, including the original blue background version. I have modified the images so that they have the corresponding license.
The image story comes like this. I am a man who likes to investigate and learn repairing old computers, as a computer fan, without much knowledge, I am trying different Linux distributions, at the moment I learn how to use the terminal, the commands and the dynamics of the hardware. For what they have given me an old cpu that tried to make work for what I found a while ago with Lubuntu as a very good option for that team since with this operating system it works smoothly and made the team functional, since that team It would be used by the family for general uses. Since I am very satisfied with Lubuntu as a system, I looked for a way to get involved in some way, so I arrived at the Lubuntu forum, it is there where I learned about the contest and where it seemed a good idea to create a desktop background. I have been using open-source programs for some time, as you may have noticed, I am self-taught, I am not a professional graphic designer; so I also ran into Inkscape. As one of my hobbies, I design cartoons, logos, etc.
I thought it was a good idea about the contest but I wasn’t sure…
So I decided to first post it on reddit and see what opinion the users of my desktop background had. That’s where I was encouraged to enter the contest and where I decided to sign up. Well I think I extended too much, I thank you for taking into account for this contest, for being able to participate together with other users who also had very good jobs and for being able to get involved in the next launch of Lubuntu. I hope that users enjoy both the wallpaper, as I enjoy creating it for all of you…
A Big hug!

Marcelo D. Moreira from Argentina.

While the wallpapers didn’t make it into this Beta release, you can expect to see them in time for the final release, and on your computer (please keep your system updated!).

Known Issues

Keyboard Shortcuts

Many keyboard shortcuts have been updated in this release. We have moved many of the keyboard shortcuts from Openbox to the native LXQt shortcut manager, and have spent time polishing the existing shortcuts.
You can find a list of all the updated shortcuts here.
Unfortunately, they won’t be updated automatically when upgrading from Lubuntu 19.04 to Lubuntu 19.10.
Here are the steps to update them manually:

  1. Delete the following files:
    • ~/.config/lxqt/globalkeyshortcuts.conf
    • ~/.config/lxqt/lxqt-runner.conf
    • ~/.config/openbox/lxqt-rc.xml
  2. Reboot

Follow the same procedure for all users if there are more than one present.
This will reset all the shortcuts to new defaults as listed in the manual. (Editor’s note: Add link to man page.)

Note: This will clear any non default shortcuts you might have configured by yourself (e.g: Super+T for qterminal). You will have to assign them again using shortcuts settings from LXQt Configuration Center.

Thanks!

This release could not have happened without the help from our contributors. Thank you to the following people that make Lubuntu happen:

If you find Lubuntu useful, please consider donating to the project or contributing your time.

27 Jul

Lubuntu 18.10 End of Life and Current Support Statuses

Lubuntu 18.10, our first release with LXQt, has reached End of Life as of July 18, 2019. This means that no further security updates or bugfixes will be released. We highly recommend that you update to 19.04 as soon as possible if you are still running Lubuntu 18.10.

The only currently-supported releases of Lubuntu today are 18.04, with LXDE, and 19.04, with LXQt. All other releases of Lubuntu are considered unsupported, and will not receive any further updates from the Lubuntu team. Please note that the i386 architecture is still supported for 18.04, while 19.04 and beyond do not have support. You can find more details here.

You can find instructions on how to upgrade your Lubuntu installation to a new release here. Upgrading from releases before or including 18.04 to 18.10 or greater is unsupported and will break your system. Please do a fresh install.

More information, including how to install Lubuntu, is available on our Downloads page.

05 Jul

Lubuntu Eoan Ermine Wallpaper Contest

The Lubuntu Team is pleased to announce we are running an Eoan Ermine wallpaper competition, giving you, our community, the chance to submit, and get your favorite wallpapers included in the Lubuntu 19.10 release.

Show your artwork

To enter, simply post your image into this thread.

We will close this thread towards the beginning of September (exact date TBD, and depends on how many entries we get) when the competition for 19.10 will close and the judging will begin.

The wallpaper selection committee will select the finalists for the Lubuntu Members to vote on.

The rules

There are a few rules though. Please make sure you are happy to submit your work under these rules before you post it. Posting your images here indicates acceptance of the rules.

Ownership

The images you upload must be yours. If you see an image which you know to be misrepresented please flag it and we will take care of it.

Size

Please don’t upload the full-size image to discourse. Large images will slow down this thread so please use smaller images here. In due course, we will contact submitters for access to finalist images, which should be at least 2560×1600.

Quality

As previously mentioned, the final image size should be at least 2560×1600 pixels. Images much smaller than this won’t scale up well. Equally, images with a lot of compression artifacts won’t look good. Your image won’t be accepted if the quality is low.

Watermarking

All watermarks, names, logos, etc must be removed.

License

Your image(s) must be licensed under the CC BY-SA 4.06 or CC BY 4.03 license. If you do not specify a license in your post then we will assume that you are licensing the image under the CC BY-SA 4.0. By entering the competition you are agreeing to these license terms.

There is more information available here.

You can help Lubuntu look better

Get snapping & adding your submissions here.

Additional note: If your image is smaller than 2560×1600 and is so great you feel it should be considered, submit it anyway with a note on what resolution can be supplied. We may decide it’s so good we must include it as well.

27 Jun

Donate to Lubuntu!

The Lubuntu Team is happy to announce that we now have ways that you can directly donate to the project and purchase apparel. You can find quick links to all of the sites described in this post on our Donate page.

Why does Lubuntu need donations?

Lubuntu is a community-developed project that relies on support from the community to continue development. There are specific costs we would like to address to take the burden off of specific contributors, their employers, and the Ubuntu project as a whole. Specifically, Altispeed Technologies has graciously provided hosting support for our Phabricator instance, forum, and other pieces of critical Lubuntu infrastructure. We would like to eventually move off of Altispeed’s infrastructure, or be able to pay for the infrastructure ourselves.

Additionally, Lubuntu Developers attend several major Linux conferences each year, specifically LinuxFest NorthWest, the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference, SouthEast LinuxFest, and others. Lubuntu would like to be able to support some of these conferences and trips to these conferences without relying so much on e.g. the Ubuntu Community Donations Funding.

Rationale for each platform

We have accounts on four different platforms set up thus far: Patreon, Liberapay, PayPal, and Teespring. All four of these serve a specific purpose, and are meant to provide a variety of options for donation.

Patreon is, by far, the most popular recurring donations platform existing today. Donations could either be per-release or per-month; we selected the per-month option to best suit our users. In exchange for high visibility and ease of use, Patreon takes 8% of the donations per month, plus any additional fees that may arise. While this isn’t ideal, it works best for many people.

Liberapay is meant to provide a reasonable alternative to Patreon. Not only does it not take such a large percentage of donations, the platform is free software. The downside is that they previously had issues with one of their payment processors, and they have less visibility. However, it is a preferable option for people who wish to avoid Patreon.

We created a PayPal account for the purpose of one-time donations and payment processing for Liberapay temporarily. The advantage is that this allows for many types of currencies, and PayPal is a large platform which has a fair amount of visibility.

Teespring allows indirect donations via apparel purchase. Once purchases begin, we will publish a full breakdown (from our perspective) of what portion goes to Teespring and what portion goes to Lubuntu. The “profit margin” varies per-product, and we will publish all of that as purchases come in.

Accountability and transparency

We have observed with some other open source projects that accept donations that accountability for purchases and transparency in general is lacking. When Lubuntu accepts donations, it is essential to us to publish exactly where money is flowing and how it is being used to help further the project. While the decision-making process is limited to the Lubuntu Council and official members of the Lubuntu project, we see no reason to hide where the community’s money is going.

What’s next?

We plan on publishing updates to our donations process, reports on where the money is going, and all other pertinent information directly on the Donations page. Check there for regular updates.

Are you aware of another platform we should utilize? Do you have further questions about how we plan on using the money? Leave a comment below or contact the Lubuntu Council.