14 Nov

LXQt 1.4, Arriving at a Lubuntu Backports PPA Near You

The Lubuntu Team is happy to announce that the Lubuntu Backports PPA with LXQt 1.4 is now available for general use. You can find details on enabling it below.

What is the Lubuntu Backports PPA?

Our Backports PPA is modeled after Kubuntu's. It exists to provide the latest LXQt desktop stack on top of a stable Ubuntu base. (The concept could also be considered similar to KDE Neon.) As time goes on, our development focus will continue to be on new releases, and we plan on landing and testing changes there prior to pushing them to Backports. That being said, this is a perfect middle ground between stability and new features that users of all experience levels will be able to enjoy.

What's new in this release of LXQt?

LXQt About in 1.4

lxqt-menu-data has been created to handle menu files across LXQt. You may experience some slight changes in menu functionality:

Updated menu in LXQt 1.4

Updated file manager settings in LXQt 1.4

You can now specify the terminal to use when selecting Open In Terminal from the context menu.

New Audible Bell option in QTerminal

At last, QTerminal supports an audible bell. We've left this disabled by default, for the time being.

Preliminary support has been added for color profiles in LXImage (Qt).

Many other bugfixes and small changes have been included. Let us know if you run into any issues. More information on this LXQt release can be found here, and on the LXQt website.

Is this a separate edition of Lubuntu?

Nope, this is still the same Lubuntu you know and love, you're just getting new features available on the regular releases earlier than everyone else on the LTS release. You're jumping on an in-between track.

Okay, so how do I enable it?

The Backports PPA is available here. You can add the PPA using the following command: $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-dev/backports Please note that upgrades from 22.04 to an interim release are NOT supported once Backports is enabled. Please let us know if anything is off.

You, yes you, can help

If you have some time, please consider joining us. If you would like to help us continue the development of the project long-term, you can donate to the Lubuntu project here.