Friday, March 04, 2011

Lubuntu Natty alpha 3

New alpha release (just for testing, you know) available. The (huge) list of changes:

  • New automatic way to build the ISO (thanks to Jonathan Marsden)
  • Replacing Audacious for Aqualung, File-Roller for XArchiver, and GucView for Cheese
  • New applications: Java support, GuCharMap, LXKeyMap, and some docs
  • Lubuntu is now HAL free (thanks to Xubuntu dev)
  • Lxrandr (Monitor settings) is able to save the configuration
  • Lxappareance can configure the font (antialiasing) and openbox directly
  • You can configure the workspaces directly on applet
  • Autologin configuration at install time
  • Icons on the desktop are now moveable
  • Fake transparency available again and using Ubuntu font by default
  • New text Plymouth theme
  • Menus have Administration / Preference sub-menus and are now correctly translated
  • You can now change the layout on a Lubuntu session with LXKeyMap
  • Fixed a critical crash on qemu / kvm (thanks to Fedora dev)
  • Up-to-date LXDE and pcmanfm, also translations up-to-date with LXDE git

Download and test it. You know where, baby. Happy testing!

Additional note: Of course, Ubuntu alpha 3 has been released today too.


  1. WOW!
    Lots of changes, but, What about the new Ozono theme?

  2. This release is alpha. We usually apply artwork packages in beta stages. But Ozone is already packaged for Natty at Launchpad.

  3. I'm using it in a netbook philco 10001 and is great. Just miss a central software, synaptic ins't easy for many people. In lubuntu 10.04 I installed the mint install and works very well.

  4. Thank you for your kind words. I'm agree with you. PCMan (the author of the file manager) is working in a control center right now. Meanwhile you must use Preferences menu.

    Synaptic isn't as eye-friendly as Software Center, but maybe another app will be created.

  5. In Lubuntu 10.10 you can install "lubuntu-control-center" package.

  6. I can't upgrade my netbook Positivo MOBO (hard drive 2gb only) with lubuntu 10.04 because new versions need more a lot of space (1,5gb > 3,2gb). Why?

  7. The estimated size at install time is only an "emergency" value for downholding new applications and (as mailing lists told me about this) new expectatiosn requiere more space. But maybe you can install it anyway (they did it on a 2,5 gb memory). Remember that upgrading is more heavy than installing from scratch.