Category Archives: Distributions

Lubuntu? LXDE Meet up with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin

When will you release Lubuntu? Many people ask us this question recently. Actually, we do not have a distribution named Lubuntu… yet. So time to get in touch with the Ubuntu community and Mark Shuttleworth about an official cooperation. I finally met up with Mark today for breakfast here in Berlin and talked with him about LXDE.

Mark Shuttleworth - LubuntuAs a first step Mark invited us to become a self-maintained project in the Ubuntu community. This means we will be able to manage LXDE inside Ubuntu, ultimately offering an Ubuntu derivate, ergo Lubuntu.

Congratulations to the whole LXDE team and community. I am looking forward to this milestone! Special thanks for supporting the growth of the community and being a link between Asia and Europe in the LXDE project to Arne Götje.

Links:

* http://lxde.org

* http://ubuntu.org

* http://markshuttleworth.com

LXDE with Sidux – Installation how to

My friend Kevin, who is based in Ho-Chi-Minh-City (former Saigon), has written a nice article about his experience with LXDE and Sidux on his blog Saigonnezumi.com. The post can be used as a how to for anyone who wants to try out LXDE on Sidux.

LXDE has the looks of KDE, the feel of Gnome and the simplicty of XFCE. It is nice windows manager for a laptop. Not too bloated, not too simple. It took me less than 5 minutes to get a feel for it. I still have much to learn about LXDE but I fell in love with it instantly. There are still features that I want to add, such as a dock, since I got used to it in Gnome. I read somewhere I can add one but I will need to research it more. Though it is only in beta, it is still stable enough to use on a laptop. Together with Sidux, it mades a great distro combination (Hint hint Sidux developers). Many of use like the Gnome desktop but I think we will settle for LXDE for Sidux. Read more about LXDE at their website: http://www.lxde.org. (saigonnezumi.com/2009/01/04/sid…)

saigonnezumi

Launchpad or Transifex? What is the best system for LXDE?

With the increase of LXDE components and the ongoing development of LXDE the need for a better translation system has increased. We discussed different option in this forum here: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=35

We have set up a vote for you to cast which system and solution you prefer. Please vote in this forum: http://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=163

There are three options:

1. Launchpad

2. Transifex at fedorahosted.org

3. Transifex hosted at lxde.org

Some quotes from the forum:

cwickert:
Launchpad
Pros:
* large user base, this means a lot of potential translators
* beginner-friendly
Cons:
* bad workflow for getting translations upstream
* getting translations into a a new release requires manual intervention: It has to be downloaded from launchpad and added to LXDE’s SVN.
* known to produce bad translations. This is the downside of being beginner-friendly

Transifex
Pros:
* More professional
* works with nearly every VCS: CVS, SVN, git, …
* Translations are automagically pushed back to upstream’s VCS
Cons:
* Requires ether to be set up on a server (which also mean maintainance) or to use fedorahosted.org
* Smaller userbase

Elias: I think Transifex is better for this project, because the development of LXDE is not made in Launchpad. Launchpad is not (afaik) so flexible than Transifex.

cwickert: If we use fedorahosted we are bound to the Fedora accounts system (just like we are bound to Launchpad user management), if we setup our own transifex we can manage users ourselves more easily.

ogmaciel: I’d like to support the idea of using Transifex and host it with Fedora projects (unless someone has the time and hardware/bandwith). All pros/cons already cited are a pretty good list but the one that imho is the most important is the fact that translations should always be done upstream, and then trickle down to distros. Transifex plus a good quality control process before committing files (more about that later) will allow for a quick, efficient, and top quality translation process.

For a better coordination of translations of LXDE we have started the LXDE Translation Project. Please also join the Translations Mailing list.

Transifex: http://transifex.org
Launchpad: https://launchpad.net
Forum for voting: http://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=163
LXDE Translation Project: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Category:Translations
LXDE Translations Mailing list: http://mailinglist.lxde.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/translation

Fedora 10 with LXDE

We are excited to see another distribution including LXDE. Fedora offers LXDE in its new versions arriving November 26 25, 2008.

This release of Fedora comes with an additional desktop environment named LXDE. LXDE is a new project that provides a lightweight, fast desktop environment designed to be usable and slim enough to keep resource usage low. To install the LXDE environment, use the Add/Remove Software tool or run:
su -c ‘yum groupinstall LXDE’
If you only need the base components of LXDE, install the lxde-common package:
su -c ‘yum install lxde-common’
(http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/…)

The Fedora packages are maintained by Christoph Wickert from Germany. Thanks for your contribution Christoph!

Link:

* Fedora in the LXDE Wiki: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Fedora

Netbooks shipping with LXDE on Mandriva

I met up with the folks from Mandriva in Paris a few days ago and it was exciting to hear some great news. They announced already that they include LXDE in Mandriva 2009. Mandriva is also offering customized Linux versions for netbook manufacturers and has started to ship with LXDE on netbooks in large numbers in emerging markets like Brazil.

Further on Gdium a partner of Mandriva is planning to ship netbooks based on MIPS with LXDE in 2009. During the meeting with Mandriva we agreed on a closer cooperation between the LXDE team, LXDE community and Mandriva. We wish Mandriva a great success with its 2009 Edition.

Mandriva Linux 2009 adds another to the extensive list of desktop environments integrated into Mandriva Linux – LXDE. LXDE is a lightweight yet modern environment designed to give a modern desktop experience on less powerful hardware. It has been integrated into Mandriva Linux 2009 with a particular eye towards its use on netbook systems, for which it is ideal. LXDE provides a fast and attractive desktop with a traditional launcher menu and panel, a full configuration application, a file manager (PCMan File Manager), task manager, display configuration tool, image viewer, notepad application, and archive management application. Installing LXDE on Mandriva Linux 2009 is as easy as installing the task-lxde package. (http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2009.0_Tour#LXDE)

Install LXDE on Mandriva

Go to Mandriva Control Center

– Install Software

– search lxde and choose the meta-package.

That’s it!

You can use the console on root: urpmi task-lxde

Links

* Mandriva in the LXDE Wiki: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Mandriva