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DistroWatch.com: Lubuntu

Lubuntu

Last Update: 2017-06-30 13:12 UTC


Lubuntu is a fast, lightweight and energy-saving variant of Ubuntu using the LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) desktop. It is intended to have low-resource system requirements and is designed primarily for netbooks, mobile devices and older PCs.

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Average visitor rating: 8.46/10 from 37 review(s).


Lubuntu Summary
Distribution Lubuntu
Home Page http://lubuntu.me/
Mailing Lists https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/Lubuntu-users
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-06-30: Development Release: Lubuntu 17.10 Alpha 1
 • 2017-04-14: Distribution Release: Lubuntu 17.04
 • 2017-01-28: Development Release: Lubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2
 • 2016-10-14: Distribution Release: Lubuntu 16.10
 • 2016-07-28: Development Release: Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2
 • 2016-04-25: Distribution Release: Lubuntu 16.04
 • 2016-01-29: Development Release: Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2
 • 2015-10-23: Distribution Release: Lubuntu 15.10
 • 2015-04-23: Distribution Release: Lubuntu 15.04
 • 2014-10-24: Distribution Release: Lubuntu 14.10
 • 2014-04-17: Distribution Release: Lubuntu 14.04
 • 2013-10-18: Distribution Release: Lubuntu 13.10
 • More Lubuntu releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-08-13 Lubuntu migrating to LXQt
 • More Lubuntu headlines...

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Feature 17.10-alpha1
artful
17.04
zesty
16.10
yakkety
16.04
xenial
15.10
wily
15.04
vivid
14.10
utopic
14.04
trusty
13.10
saucy
13.04
raring
12.10
quantal
12.04
precise
11.10
oneiric
11.04 10.10 10.04 Feature
Release Date 2017-06-30 2017-04-13 2016-10-13 2016-04-21 2015-10-22 2015-04-23 2014-10-23 2014-04-17 2013-10-17 2013-04-25 2012-10-18 2012-04-26 2011-10-13 2011-04-28 2010-10-10 2010-05-03 Release Date
End Of Life 2018-07 2018-01 2017-07 2019-04 2016-07 2016-01 2015-07 2017-04                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 CDs
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop LXDE, LXQt LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE LXDE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Office Suite GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, powerpc, x86_64 armhf, i386, powerpc, x86_64 armhf, i386, powerpc, x86_64 i386, powerpc, x86_64 i386, powerpc, x86_64 i386, powerpc, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support                                 Asian Language Support
Full Package List 17.10-alpha1 17.04 16.10 16.04 15.10 15.04 14.10 14.04 13.10 13.04 12.10 12.04 11.10 11.04 10.10 10.04 Full Package List
Package 17.10-alpha1
artful
17.04
zesty
16.10
yakkety
16.04
xenial
15.10
wily
15.04
vivid
14.10
utopic
14.04
trusty
13.10
saucy
13.04
raring
12.10
quantal
12.04
precise
11.10
oneiric
11.04 10.10 10.04 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.0 3.0.0 3.0.0svn 2.9.2 2.9.2 2.9.2 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.2 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 1.0.23 1.0.22 alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.780 -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1-P3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.1-P3)
chromium (60.0.3112.78) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 25.0.1364.160 22.0.1229.94 18.0.1025.151 14.0.835.202 10.0.648.205 6.0.472.63 5.0.342.9 chromium (60.0.3112.78)
cups (2.2.4) 2.2.3 2.2.2 2.2.0 2.1.3 2.1.0 2.0.2 1.7.5 1.7.2 1.7.0rc1 1.6.2 1.6.1 1.5.2 1.5.0 1.4.6 1.4.4 1.4.3 cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.3 4.3.3 4.3.1 4.3.1 4.2.4 4.2.4 4.2.4 4.2.4 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 4.1.1-P1 4.1.1-P1 3.1.3 3.1.3 dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.12 1.42.10 1.42.9 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42.5 1.42 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.12 1.41.11 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (54.0.1) 50.1.0 52.0.1 49.0 45.0.2 41.0.2 37.0 33.0 28.0 24.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (54.0.1)
freetype (2.8) 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.4.12 2.4.11 2.4.10 2.4.8 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.4.2 2.3.11 freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.1.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.1.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.24 2.24 2.23 2.21 2.21 2.19 2.19 2.17 2.17 2.15 2.15 2.13 2.13 2.12.1 2.11.1 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.3)
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.17)
gnumeric (1.12.35) 1.12.32 1.12.32 1.12.32 1.12.28 1.12.23 1.12.18 1.12.17 1.12.9 1.12.6 1.12.1 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.13 1.10.8 1.10.1 gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.99 1.99 1.99rc1 1.98 1.98 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.17) 3.22.15 3.22.11 3.20.9 3.18.9 2.24.28 2.24.27 2.24.25 2.24.23 2.24.20 2.24.17 2.24.13 2.24.10 2.24.6 2.24.4 2.22.0 2.20.0 gtk+ (3.22.17)
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.04.3)
kmod (24) 24 22 22 22 21 18 18 15 9 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.32.1 2.32.0 2.30.0 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.4) 5.3.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.3.4)
linux (4.12.3) 4.10 4.10 4.8 4.4 4.2 3.19 3.16 3.13 3.11 3.8 3.5 3.2 3.0 2.6.38 2.6.35 2.6.32 linux (4.12.3)
Package 17.10-alpha1
artful
17.04
zesty
16.10
yakkety
16.04
xenial
15.10
wily
15.04
vivid
14.10
utopic
14.04
trusty
13.10
saucy
13.04
raring
12.10
quantal
12.04
precise
11.10
oneiric
11.04 10.10 10.04 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.5.5 0.5.0 -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.7)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.5) 17.1.2 17.0.3 12.0.3 11.2.0 11.0.2 10.5.2 10.3.0 10.1.0 9.2.1 9.1.1 9.0 8.0.2 7.11 7.10.2 7.9git 7.7.1 mesa (17.1.5)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.24.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.2.1)
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 -- NVIDIA (381.22)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.4.11.2 3.4.11.1 3.4.10 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u141) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u141)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 7.4p1 7.3p1 7.2p1 6.9p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.1p1 6.0p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 5.8p1 5.5p1 5.3p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g 1.0.2g 1.0.2g 1.0.2g 1.0.2d 1.0.1f 1.0.1f 1.0.1f 1.0.1e 1.0.1c 1.0.1c 1.0.1 1.0.0e 0.9.8o 0.9.8o 0.9.8k openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.2 5.22.1 5.20.2 5.20.2 5.20.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.12.4 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 perl (5.26.0)
php (7.1.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.7)
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.4)
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.9.3 2.9.1 2.8.5 -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.11 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.8 2.7.5 2.7.5 2.7.4 2.7.3 2.7.3 2.7.2 2.7.1 2.6.6 2.6.5 Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) 5.7.1 -- 5.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.6.6) -- -- -- -- 4.1.17 4.1.13 4.1.11 4.1.6 3.6.18 3.6.9 3.6.6 3.6.3 -- -- -- 3.4.7 samba (4.6.6)
systemd (234) 233 232 231 229 225 219 208 204 204 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.2.1)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.19.3 1.18.4 1.18.3 1.17.2 1.17.1 1.16.0 1.15.1 1.14.3 1.13.3 1.13.0 1.11.4 1.10.4 1.10.1 1.9.0 1.7.6 xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: 17.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-25
Votes: 1


After using Arch with LXDE for almost a year (which has been very good), I have come "home" to Lubuntu because I like to spend a little less of my limited bandwith on updating my software and gain a somewhat longer period of time where the user interface of programs I use and the desktop and underlaying software beneath it doesn't change.

Lubuntu 17.04 is the ideal choice since it gives me 9 months of support, has newer software versions thant Lubuntu 16.04 LTS, uses my favourite desktop, the tweakable, fast and resource efficient LXDE and is built upon the glorious Ubuntu base (which is again based on the brilliant Debian Sid).

Even if I own a fast machine with a competent Bumblebee dual GPU setup that could run Unity, Gnome or Pantheon very well, I feel that LXDE, especially in Lubuntu, is full featured enough to be excellent for daily use, looks good with the Lubuntu artwork (I love the Lubuntu small widget to maximise the space for my content) and is tweakable enough that I can get it to work and look like I want. (I prefer to put a small panel on the left with a menu, indicator applets, volume control and a system tray which will go away when not in use to maximise the space I have for the content I am working on. I combine it with synapse for fast keyboard-based launching of apps for maximum efficiency.) Also, Lubuntu is much better translated to my language than Debian with LXDE and I get the added bonus of releases at regular intervals and the very good looking artwork in Lubuntu.


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Version: 14.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-21
Votes: 0


Lubuntu has been my choice for free desktop OS. Lubuntu 14.04 LTS is also compatibel with my old laptop, it help me for daily use.

here, some of pros and cons, from my point of view :

CONS :

1. Lubuntu 14.04 does not has search ability to searching file. it can be fixed with catfish file search.
2. Lubuntu lack of best suite office, so we have to install libreOffice.
3. Lubuntu is not by default put thunderbird on it, that it is usefull for me.

PROS :

simple, fas, lightweight and low-resource system requirement that make it's suitable for old machine


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Version: 17.04
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-07-16
Votes: 0


nothing good to report

pros:
can't think of any

cons:
Nothing works. Truly. Nothing.
Live medium as well as install routine unable to detect twin monitors correctly. Once chosen the wrong one as main monitor (which of course will not display anything) you cannot convice Lubuntu to change that setting.
Installation routine gets stuck after choosing to download neither updates nor proprietary drivers. End of story.


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