As expected, the next version of Lubuntu is here. It's known as a bug release, as we're preparing the next generation Qt based desktop. Lots of bugs have been fixed, and there're many improvements. Artwork has been redesigned too, with a smoother and unified overall look and feel.
Remmarkable changes are:
General bug fix release as we prepare for LXQt
Many LXDE components have been updated with bug fix releases
An update of the artwork (more icons, theme update, more compatibilities ...)
Since the arrival of Gnome3 and its Client Side Decorations widgets, some GTK3 apps look weird. That's why we've had another re-merge with Light Themes and adding some specific Lubuntu fixes. These includes Geary full (theme and icons) support, CSD menus, CSD gradients, borders and miscellaneous colours.
Some things must be fixed yet, like toolbar icon sizes and some borders (we're on it). The fixes have been uploaded to the main branch (in case you want to use our PPA) and as a standalone archive (for other Linux distros). As Lubuntu is on Interface Freeze stage, these late changes won't be uploaded to Ubuntu's main repositories for final release on Vivid Vervet, so you'd need to upgrade your theme if you want to fix it. Sorry for the annoyance.
The results are in! As always, we would like to thank everyone who participated and everyone who voiced their opinion by voting in the contest.
Unfortunately we always have some submissions not complying with the rules of the contest, usually by licensing their submission with a license that we cannot use within *buntu due to legal issues. As such, the #2 submission has been disqualified and we would like to congratulate the reserve for taking a well deserved 5th place in the contest!
Your winners can be found below, for complete results and detailed statistics click here:
Abstract-Circuit by Jean CARTIER
Grain Fields by RaDu GaLaN
100_7880 by porta.luciano
Adventure by kari wagner
Mont St Michel by Daniel
Congratulations! Your wallpapers will be included by default in Lubuntu and also be packaged into the Ubuntu repository for others to enjoy :).
A big thank you to Guilliame at Picompete for helping us host our contest!
New version that starts a new challenge for Box: supporting not only more environments, but known apps too. There're a lot uncovered applications that need their own icons existing in our theme. Thanks to Đurađ Radojičić, the Lubuntu Artwork Team is getting now a reinforcement to make it possible.
Geary (from the ElementaryOS distro) is just a new covered app, among others to come. Because all good apps should run in our favourite distros, just the way we want they look. That's the power of Linux: freedom.
The poll will be up until 9th March, and the top five contributions will be included in Lubuntu 15.04 and packaged into the Ubuntu repositories.
We would like to remind everyone participating in the contest that your submissions must adhere to the Creative Commons ShareAlike 3.0 license. We have sent you a reminder on Flickr with instructions how to change your licenses on Flickr. Please change the license before 9th March, otherwise we are not allowed to use your wallpaper and must therefore disqualify your submission.
Please feel free to share the word and good luck to all contestants!
We’re preparing Lubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet, for distribution in April 2015. With this Beta pre-release, we are now at the stage of being semi stable. However pre-releases are not suitable for a production environment.
Note: this is an beta pre-release. Lubuntu pre-releases are NOT recommended for:
regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
anyone who needs a stable system
anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable
Lubuntu Pre-releases ARE recommended for:
regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
Lubuntu developers are proud to announce that (with a delay of two weeks) version 14.04.2 of the fast and lightweight operating system is now available for download via this
link. Release Manager Walter Lapchynski explains: we had to delay the release for two weeks because of problems with X meta-packages which caused us numerous re-spins. But we wanted to do it right in order to maintain stability of existing installations and – on the other hand - roll up accumulated stable updates into updated images to reduce download requirements for new deployments.
Jens Leineweber, Head of Lubuntu Press adds in: and because we want our users to experience a stable environment even for computers with low resources, we decided to not release a .2 version of the alternate installation. That's due to the fact, that we were not able to fix all the bugs brought to our attention. One major issue the team is fighting with is the debian-installer that causes troubles. Once again Walter Lapchynski: we've been asked a lot lately to stop doing alternates in lieu of netboot, but that's not really a good solution. The Lubuntu Team will now team up with the Ubuntu Release Team and Servers Team to develop a possible low resource version of the Ubiquity installer.
Caution: before you install Lubuntu, we advice you to have a read of the
Preparing the forthcoming Lubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet release, the Box theme has been updated and re-merged with Ubuntu's Light Theme to the use last GTK features, like the new HeaderBars used in Gnome native apps. Changes include a lot of bug fixes, adjustments in colour definitions, modified headerbars and toolbars, improved paddings and distances, improved 3rd party apps support (like Nautilus, Maps or Music), etc.
If you want to use Box theme in your distro just download it from the Artwork page.