17 Feb

Lubuntu 16.04.2 Has Been Released!

Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, we are pleased to announce that Lubuntu 16.04.2 LTS has been released!

What is Lubuntu?

Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE). The project’s goal is to provide a lightweight yet functional distribution. Lubuntu specifically targets older machines with lower resources, but also runs great on newer hardware. Along with a simple but usuable 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?

On the Ubuntu cdimage server, we have images for the following architectures:

  • amd64 (commonly referred to as 64-bit)
  • i386 (commonly referred to as 32-bit)

The release notes are here if you wish to read them. We have left out some notes that are common to all flavors, so read the Ubuntu release notes if you wish.

This release does NOT include PowerPC, although users of the PowerPC platform can still receive updates. This is due to the fact that PowerPC users would be left with an unsupported kernel after support is dropped in the development release, Zesty Zapus.

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.

Memory (RAM)

For advanced internet services like Google+, YouTube, Google Drive, and Facebook, your computer needs at least 1 GB of RAM.

For local programs like LibreOffice and simple browsing habits, your computer needs at least 512 MB of RAM.

Processor (CPU)

The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8. Older processors are too slow and the AMD K7 has problems with Flash video.

Known bugs

To see the list of known bugs, please take a look at our release notes.

How do I get support?

Our support channel is #lubuntu on freenode IRC. If you don’t have an IRC client, click here, type in a nickname, press start, state your question and press Enter to speak. We also have the lubuntu-users mailing list. You do not need to subscribe to the mailing list to ask a question. Send an email to lubuntu-users AT lists DOT ubuntu DOT com.

How do I contribute?

We always need more help! If you would like to contribute, head over to our Getting Involved page. We need help with Reporting bugs, Translations, Tests/QA, Code and patches, Artwork, Documentation, and Marketing/Press. If you have any questions about contributing, please join #lubuntu-devel on freenode or email the lubuntu-devel mailing list at lubuntu-devel AT lists DOT ubuntu DOT com.

10 thoughts on “Lubuntu 16.04.2 Has Been Released!

  1. It is mentioned here that minimum Pentium 4 is required to run Lubuntu. I have a netbook with Atom N450 1.66 GHz processor. Will Lubuntu support my old netbook shipped with Windows XP back in 2010?

  2. Excellent release, stable and – most important – very fast. Thanks to the team, great work. I am looking forward to LXQt, though LXDE is absolutely satisfying.
    Question: Is someone taking care of the Chromium browser repository package regularly (keeping it updated)?

    • Thanks for your kind words. And yes, Chromium has an independent team outside “Ubuntu’s realm”. Recently they released a new update that we’ll include as a regular upgrade.

  3. Thanks to the team. Excellent work, Lubuntu is stable and very fast. I am looking forward to LXQt, though LXDE is absolutely satisfying.

  4. Very nice. Since I switched from Windows (which I only use still on a music PC because a lot of my old audio software does not run well under Linux, asio is still a bit better for that) I will stay with Lubuntu for ages. Such a great distribution for slower computers, but not only for those. Thanks! In fact I tried Ubuntu, Kubuntu and more, but always came back to Lubuntu. And for win-users the terminal is a magical thing, one learns every day :).

  5. Is Lubuntu 16.04 LTS good for five years of updates support just like an Ubuntu desktop LTS release? I’m very much looking forward to dumping Unity on my Samsung Netbook. Thanks!

    • LTS versions match the Ubuntu ones, so if there’re packages maintenance for the core system, Lubuntu will have it too. Also we give support to 3rd party packages (Lubuntu specific apps). So yes.

  6. I found the answer in the release notes and sadly I see updates are only for three years (less than 2 years from today’s date).

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