27 Mar

Bug corrections

According the QA team, some important bugs affecting Ubuntu core that reflected on Lubuntu images has been corrected. For testing just go to the QA builds and seelct Lubuntu. Here’s the message:

Hi everyone, testing of 12.04 LTS Beta 2 is ongoing, and you already have found major defects that the dev team have started to address. New builds of Precise Beta 2 are now available on the tracker. These images include the following changes:

 If you have any question about testing Precise or issues you may find during testing, join us on #ubuntu-testing on IRC. Thanks for helping to test these images!

20 Mar

Zorin OS 6 Lite

Ayrton Zorin strikes again with the new version of Zorin OS 6 Lite, based on Lubuntu 11.10 core and now comes with LXDE environment. This release includes a new and refined Software Center, as well as other known tools like Zorin Look Changer, Zorin Internet Browser Manager, Zorin OS Lite Extra Software and other programs from earlier versions in Zorin OS. You can download here (please, be sure you use the “lite” section, or the heavier desktop version will downloaded otherwise).

09 Mar

Linux Mint 12 LXDE

According to its website, “this is the first release of Linux Mint using Hybrid ISO images.

Traditionally, tools such as ‘Startup Disk Creator’ or ‘UNetbootin’ were needed to install Linux Mint via USB. With hybrid images, you can simply use the “dd” command or a graphical frontend to make a bootable USB stick with no efforts which acts exactly like a liveDVD”.

Linux Mint 12 LXDE is based on Ubuntu 11.10, with kernel 3 and LXDE 0.5.0 customized as the usual greenish theme. You can download Mint here and see the new features here.
17 Jan

Review: Peppermint Two & Leenux

While we’re waiting for the next release of Lubuntu 12.04, the Precise Pangolin, other distros are posting about their goals. One of those is Peppermint OS Two, a Lubuntu based distro oriented to the cloud. So many applications has been removed from the installation process, and gives more Google-ized tasks, like GMail, Google Reader, Docs, etc. making it absolutely necessary to have a good broadband connection to the Internet.

Another one that follows the trendy way of using (L)ubuntu as its core was Leenux, that presents the fifth distro with more editions, Unity, LXDE and the old Ubuntu Netbook interface (from the deceased EasyPeasy). Sorry, no LXDE screenshots yet.

27 Oct

Happy Halloween!

I’d like to thank to the people who downloaded the distro, because now Lubuntu hits the list with an incredible 7th score position! (see that on DistroWatch). And of course, I’d like to thank the Lubuntu crew for their wonderful job done with this release, and that’s why Canonical decided to “adopt us” in the Ubuntu family, for those well-done things and a never-ending illusion. You’re the best!

13 Oct

Lubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) released

Finally, the long awaited release is here. Notes from Julien Lavergne, the Lubuntu team leader:

  • ISOs are now build with Ubuntu official build system
  • alternate ISOs are available
  • many updates from LXDE (most components had official releases)
  • build with recommended packages by default
  • use recommends instead of depends for most of components of lubuntu-desktop meta-package
  • register correctly LXDE as a desktop environment by xdg tools
  • switch to xfce4-power-manager for power management
  • add a microblog client: pidgin-microblog
  • new theme made by Rafael Laguna

The release notes, with a list of known problems are available here. You can find information on how to report bug on this wiki page. Also check out the Lubuntu website, the documentation, the LXDE website and the official announcement.

 You can grab it at the usual Downloads page.

23 Sep

Lubuntu 11.10 beta 2

Sure you already know that our “big brother” Ubuntu released the second beta for the Oneiric Ocelot version. So here goes the “little one” Lubuntu 11.10 beta 2. I just wanted to mention this like an echo of Julien Lavergne’s announcement. And as he said, this is a beta, so remember:

  • okay, a lot of bugs were fixed
  • you may find theme (gtk3/lxpanel) improvements
  • but you could find new interface bugs (feedback appreciated)
but you can also find these (temporary) bugs:
  • include apt-xapian-index : http://pad.lv/798437
  • installer require 4.6 Gb of free space : http://pad.lv/819538
  • ubiquity broken icon switcher : http://pad.lv/830898
  • update icons on desktop for persitent mode broken : http://pad.lv/837470
  • firefox locales installed : http://pad.lv/820056
  • fallback icons on notification area broken : http://pad.lv/819542 and http://pad.lv/820080
  • not able to install virtualbox drivers after installation from desktop ISO : http://pad.lv/854995
  • entries with “Lubuntu” are not translated on the boot menu on any ISO: http://pad.lv/855977
You will find it here. Happy testing!
02 Sep

Beta 1

Announced by Julien Lavergne today:

Following the announce for Ubuntu, Lubuntu Beta 1 is also available for
testing. You can find it on

A quick summary of important changes since Alpha 3 :
 * Alternate ISO are now available.
 * Keeping LXDM for login manager.
 * New theme made by Raphael.

Know issues :
 * Include apt-xapian-index : http://pad.lv/798437
 * Installer require 4.6 Gb of free space : http://pad.lv/819538
 * Fallback icons of libindicator not working : http://pad.lv/819617
 * Crash on startup for notification-daemon : http://pad.lv/838383
 * Ubiquity broken icon switcher : http://pad.lv/830898
 * Update desktop on persistent mode : http://pad.lv/837470

Happy testing 🙂