Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lubuntu 12.04 released!

Lubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin is finaly here. Download it while hot. Features:

  • Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment
  • Pcmanfm 0.9.10, a fast and lightweight files manager using gio/gvfs
  • Openbox, the fast and extensible, default windows-manager of LXDE
  • Lightdm, using the simple GTK greeter
  • Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome
  • ...and, of course, based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Improvements since Lubuntu 11.10
  • A new software-center, optimized to be lightweight, for easy installation and removal of applications from your system
  • New theme is used, and each previous themes are available in the repositories
  • Lightdm is used as the display manager with the default gtk greeter
  • Blueman is now used instead of gnome-bluetooth for managing bluetooth devices
  • A lot of bug fixes, especially on the panel and the file manager

Some links:


  1. Great release. Much better than Oneiric. Thanks so much to the Lubuntu team. ;) I have Lubuntu on my two computers and works great.

  2. I like to see some screenshots.

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  4. Hello there! I've been using Ubuntu since 5 something and as i watched it got more and more bloated, i started looking for something else. I came across Lubuntu 11.10 and i found it great, but somethings didn't worked right away. I didn't wanted to edit xml files to twinkle it to suit my needs. So i turned up to Xubuntu and used it 'til 12.04 release. I installed Xubuntu 12.04 and it felt bad. Dunno why, just there was something "wrong". Maybe it was bloated, maybe the UI was slower...

    So i gave Lubuntu a try (using apt-get install lubuntu-desktop and removing every xubuntu/xfce related package) and got myself an almost-everything-working box! I'm not changing this guy so soon. Keep the great work and the CPU usage low, guys!

    I'm myself a Java programmer, but i wanted to join a project and i find myself with more affinity towards LXDE. As soon as i have time i'll start to take a look at LXDE API.

    BTW, what makes LXDE faster? Way more C code instead of Mono/Python?

  5. That's the goal. LXDE is hardly coded in C (system and base libraries) but UI elements for tools (lxfind, lxproxy, etc) are coded in Vala. Now somebody's working on a Vala / GTK3 implementation of the file manager itself.

    We do not use Mono or 3rd party devs. Also the system core dropped away HAL so the access to system routines are a lot faster.

    Our plans is not keeping its actual speed, but improve it even more. I'm glad you like it, so thank you very much, and hope you to be a continued user :)

  6. BTW, anonymous, if you're a coder and like to contribute you're always welcomed (for LXDE or Lubuntu projects). Just follow the mailing lists (liks are on the right at this blog).

  7. i will check 'em!


    -- Will