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openSUSE-LXDE development status

Ok people… openSUSE 11.3 Milestone2 has been released and quite soon we will have the Milestone3.

So now, after lot’s of promises, what is the status now?

IT’S DONE!

yes… it’s done… openSUSE 11.3 allow now to install LXDE directly from installation DVD or Net install. I’m sure all of you reading this post wants to try it, but for lazy people (and i know there are a lot of them outside), just click here and watch some pictures.

Can that be all? No of course not!

Just today i announced to opensuse-lxde and opensuse-factory mailing lists that we switched finally to pcmanfm2.

Even if that one is not yet stable, and even if it’s still on alpha release stage, it’s already feature rich and stable enoguht for daily usage. Of course bugs exist and you report is welcome, so we can fix them.

But it’s not enough, thanks to sidux lxde community we have a couple of nice tools: lxdm-conf and lxcc.

lxdm-conf as name suggest, it is a simple and powerful tool that helps you to edit lxdm settings without take care to manually edit /etc/lxdm/lxdm.conf file. This tool is already into repos.

lxcc instead is a small control center, written using python-gtk. It’s based on an idea of PCLinuxOS Community that wrote lxdecc using gtkdialog. Instead to port original lxdecc to openSUSE we choose to cooperate with Sidux on lxcc simply because gtkdialog looks to be a dead project. Lxcc is not yet into repos, so here a screenshot:

Schermata

And to finish a very good news. We are working on live cds. Yes, it’s taking looong time, but now we should be able to provide you better ISOs in shorter time since we moved from suse-studio to OBS kiwi system. Preliminary images can be downloaded from here: X11:lxde (login required).

Most probably, a preliminary image will be published soon for a testing (based on openSUSE 11.2), in the same way, a Factory based live CD should be ready soon. Of course, i can’t forget, all that work on ISOs couldn’t be possible without the Dmitry serpokryl help (The author of SOAD).

I hope you’ll enjoy openSUSE-LXDE experience. So please, test test test and test it again. We have to provide the best LXDE ever!

HUGE success of the Fedora 12 LXDE Spin

The Fedora 12 LXDE spin turns out to be a huge success. It only took us 8 days to become number #2 in the most popular Fedora Spins, although the other spins were released two weeks before LXDE. As I’m writing this post, we had more than 2500 complete BitTorrent downloads.

Thanks to all the people who downloaded the spin and made this possible. I really appreciate the your interest in LXDE and my work. Thanks for all the nice feedback I received so far.

If you don’t have the spin yet, grab the ISO image at http://spins.fedoraproject.org/lxde/#downloads

If you want to install it on a device with no CD drive, you can make a bootable USB key of the image. Attention: Please don’t use UNetbootin, it’s known to be broken. Use liveusb-creator or the livecd-iso-to-disk script from the livecd-tools package instead.

Lxde-spin-fedora12
Fedora 12 LXDE Spin – Screenshot

Links:

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Fedora

* spins.fedoraproject.org/lxde/

lubuntu – how to get involved

Julian Lavergne from France posted ways to get involved into lubuntu on the mailing list of the project and I am reposting his suggestions here.

This is a quick summarize for people wanted to help on Lubuntu. In general, all tasks will be documented on the Subteams pages:

== Participate to the LXDE project ==
This is the most efficient way to contribute to Lubuntu. If you want a functionality, translate a package etc … you should directly work with LXDE.

== Create an artwork for Lubuntu ==
We don’t have an original artwork, and it’s an important goal for Lucid. Some works began on the LXDE forum, but there is a lots to do to create a complete set of artwork. Currently, it could be nice to have:

  • 1 wallpaper
  • 1 icon set
  • 1 GTK engine
  • 1 login manager theme (for lxdm)
  • Custom configuration for GTK theme in the session
  • 1 openbox theme
  • 1 banner for logout
  • 1 logo for the main menu
  • 1 background image for lxpanel
  • 1 cursor
  • Specific icons for lxpanel
  • 1 splash screen (for usplash or/and plymouth)

Please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/ArtworkSubTeam/Documentation for details.
If you want to work on artwork, you should contact the Ubuntu Art Team. There are a very good experience on making artwork for K/X/Ubuntu etc … It’s also important to work on the artwork, as a complete set. It’s better to submit a wallpaper + icon set + gtk engine together than separately.

IMPORTANT NOTE : We didn’t have currently decide the colors of the artwork. We should discuss and decide this on the next IRC meeting. But you can create some mockups to add them to the discussion :)

== Triage bugs on Launchpad ==
We need to manage bug reports for many packages (mostly, the LXDE core packages).
See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/HowToTriage/ for an overview of the triaging on Ubuntu.
The current packages and bugs are here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/~lubuntu-packaging/+packagebugs
Most important to know is:

  • Is the bug is correctly affected?
  • Is the bug still reproductible by user in Ubuntu 9.10? By you?
  • Is there a solution/patch available on the bug? Upstream? In another distribution?

== Fix bugs / Develop features ==
If you want to work on a bug, you should affect it to you so people know you are working on it. If you want to implement a feature, or working on a patch, you should open a bug on Launchpad, so people can eventually help you. I’ll try to add a TODO list for packagers who want to help but want some mentoring or ideas (See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/SubTeams/CodingAndPackagingSubTeam for futur information).

== Testing ==
We may have some ISO to test near the Alpha 1 of Lucid, it’s a good occasion to test if it’s working, and report bugs. You don’t need to know how to code for this, just use Lubuntu and report bugs/complain about it. You can also install a command line Lucid system in VirtualBox and install lubuntu-desktop package by “sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends lubuntu-desktop”. Another way is to test a pristine lxde session by installing the lxde package, and see if no Lubuntu specific patch cause problems in a standart LXDE session. To report bug, do ubuntu-bugs the_name_of_the_package_affected. If you don’t know, use ubuntu-bug lubuntu-meta, we’ll triage it for you :) Testing (and reporting problems) is critical, because developers can only try to fix problems if there are reported.

== Improve the Documentation ==
Our wiki ( https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu ) can always be improved. If you intend to do massive changes, please inform the mailing list before.

Feel free to add others tasks if you have any in mind. Some others tasks will probably appear in the futur on this mailing list or on the SubTeams pages. Also, you can ask any questions on any of those items on the mailing list.

Thanks in advance for your help :)

Fedora 12 LXDE Spin – Take two!

Finally the hard working people over at the Fedora project have released a working Fedora 12 Spin featuring LXDE! Christoph has the complete story behind the delay, never mind that though and go grab your copy at http://spins.fedoraproject.org/lxde/ (in the last couple of hours 60 other downloads have already occured).

LXDE Fedora for the XO of One Laptop per Child (OLPC)

After our meet up at the Google Summit in Mountain View last week Yaakov Nemoy now published a simple Hacking Guide for LXDE/Fedora on the XO of the OLPC project. While Christoph Wickert and the LXDE team is already working on a fully supported version for the XO, this is “a bunch of quick and dirty hacks to get people started”.

Yaakov: We’ve got a few long term issues we have to look at.

  • Getting an olpc-switch-foo app for switching to LXDE Including LXDE in a build rather than gnome
  • Testing zypper as an alternative to yum. (We may just want to include both if there’s the space, i do not believe in shipping devices that are crippled if we can help it, we don’t know the true use case yet.)
  • … it seems that the os8.img has issues with  WPA access points.

We are documenting the advancements of LXDE on the XO in the LXDE Wiki (http://wiki.lxde.org/en/XO) as well as in the wiki of laptop.org (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/LXDE).

Links

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/XO
* http://wiki.laptop.org/go/LXDE
* http://olpc.vn

Debian-LXDE Dokumentation von Heike Jurzik bei Galileo Press

Das neue Debian GNU/Linux-Buch von Heike Jurzik enthält eine achtseitige Dokumentation über LXDE Debian. Das Buch ist bei Galileo Press erschienen. Wir freuen uns die Seiten zu LXDE mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Autorin und des Verlags für die LXDE Community zur Verfügung stellen zu können.

Im deutschen LXDE-Wiki findet sich die LXDE Dokumentation zum Nachlesen: http://wiki.lxde.org/de/LXDE_Debian

Eine Lesesprobe zum Herunterladen gibt es hier: galileocomputing_debian_lxde.zip

Debian GNU/Linux Buch von Heike Jurzik

Buchinfo:

* 826 S.,
* 3., aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage 2009, geb.,
* mit DVD,
* 39,90 Euro, ISBN 978-3-8362-1386-8

Links:

PCLXDE

The PCLinuxOS Team has released a PCLinuxOS version with LXDE as the default Desktop, called PCLXDE:

PCLXDE 2009.4 is a minimal self-booting/installable Linux Live CD that features the LXDE desktop environment along with a small suite of lightweight applications designed for use on low end computer systems. It is small, fast and fun. Designed for P III or better. Does not work on K6/2 processors. But wait there’s more!

lxde2

lxde4

Features include

Midori – Web Browser with Flash and Multimedia playback
Abiword -Word Processor (Get Open Office available after hd install)
ePDFView – PDF Viewer
Leafpad -Tex Editor.
Transmission – Bittorrent Client
Emesene – Instant Messenger
XChat – IRC Client
Sylpheed – Email and News Reader
GRDC – Remote Desktop Client
GPicView – Graphic Viewer
MTPaint – Graphic Drawing Client
Alsaplayer – Music Player
Mplayer – Video Player
PCMan – File Manager
Simple Backup – Backup Software
Xfburn – CD/DVD Burning Software
Gnome  PPP – Dial up Client
File Roller – Archiving Software
PCLinuxOS Control Center – Adminstration Tool
LXDECC – LXDE Control Center (provided by Lord UnR34l)
AddLocale – Convert LXDE into your language
XPat2 – Card Playing Suite
Tiwtux – Twitter Client
Grsync – Graphical Rsync Client
Virtualbox Additions added

and much more all fitted into a 300 mb Live CD for fast downloading and installation. Not not only that but an additional 11,000 programs available after hard drive install through the Synaptic Software Manager!

Ibiblio Download

Linuxtracker Torrent

md5sum c719f78186b13236d2698107f32e8f7d  pclinuxos-lxde-2009.4.isoPCLXDE is another MyPCLinuxOS community project. PCLXDE project headed by Neal Brooks.

Source: http://www.pclinuxos.com/

LXDE in CentOS

Avelino from the CentOS Community in Brazil and Chris Wickert had an interesting talk on the LXDE IRC (irc.oftc.net #lxde), how to make LXDE run in CentOS.

There are no LXDE rpms for CentOS yet, but it is possible to rebuild the srpms from Fedora.

You can grab the latest packages from https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates, use the search box to search for a package and then install as described in http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Fedora.

If you download and install the CentOS RPM it should work fine (https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/search/lxde).

You will also need menu-cache if you install latest lxpanel 0.4.0 or a later version.

LXDE running on Android phones

LXDE has been ported to Googles Android by ghostwalker of androidfanatic.com. Thank you very much! We are pretty excited about running X-Windows and more specifically the LXDE Desktop GUI on mobile phones like the  G-1.

While IceWM, performance-wise runs the fastest – LXDE is also pretty good, and just plain ‘prettier! (http://www.androidfanatic.com/cms/com…)

lxde-android

Detailed installation instructions are in the Android.com forum here: http://www.androidfanatic.com/cms/community-forums.html?func=view&catid=9&id=1615

We are also collecting infos how to run LXDE on Android in our wiki: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Android

LXDE on ARM architectures: Sharp Zaurus

Zubuntu with LXDEThe LXDE project is pushing its way onto the market for mobile devices and ARM architectures. LXDE is now available for Sharp Zaurus in a specialized Ubuntu Linux distribution (Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron) called “Zubuntu”. Zubuntu is developed by hacker Omegamoon and can be booted (mostly) from flash memory.

The Zubuntu project was inspired by Nokia’s Handheld Mojo project, which is porting Ubuntu to the ARM architecture. In creating his root filesystem for the Sharp Zaurus, Omegamoon drew pre-built binaries from the ARMv5EL (ARM9) branch of Mojo Project’s Frisky Firedrake tree. (http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS3781573061.html)

Links:

* Installation Instrutions: http://www.omegamoon.com/blog/static.php?page=ZaurusUbuntu
* Blog of Omegamoon: http://www.omegamoon.com/blog/