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LXDE at the 25C3 Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin


Members of the LXDE community are currently meeting at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. The 25C3 is one of the biggest hacker and developer events in the world with more than 3000 hackers gathering for 4 days just after Christmas.
LXDE at the 25c3 Chaos Communication Congress
Mario Behling, Maces, alx

It is exciting to be here and see that many people already installed LXDE or try it out at the congress after our demo.

Trying out LXDE at the 25c3

The first Chaos Communication Congress took place in 1984 and is expanding every year. This year has been another amazing milestone. The maximum of 3000 tickets was sold out on the first day. The base for the LXDE project was set up in the hackerspace in the basement in a cozy corner with our friends from OpenWRT, freifunk.net, guifi.net, OLSR and Openpattern.

Elektra (Villagetelco), Xavier Carcelle (Openpattern.org), Roger Baig (guifi.net) Mario Behling (LXDE/Freifunk.net)
elektra, Xavier Carcelle, Roger Baig, Mario

We also got some work done during the congress. Lars of OpenWRT just finished work on packages of LXDE components for OpenWRT and we got together with Xavier Carcelle of Openpattern for preparations of the OpenTechSummit 2009 in Taiwan and pushing the idea of Open Hardware.

LXDE – video of the desktop environment

LXDE Video of the desktop: Maces explains how to add desktop icons, change colors and fonts, switch different desktops and customize the panel and taskbar on LXDE

Maces: I have uploaded a new video on Youtube. It shows the main features of the LXDE Desktop environment. I will introduce the Panel and it stettings and how to handle with your icons on the Desktop.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvel6FB97j0
German Video: http://www.maces-net.de/2008/10/14/neues-video-mit-lxde/
Maces Blog: http://www.maces-net.de/2008/10/13/new-video-on-lxde/

GPicView video of the standard picture viewer of LXDE

This video by maces presents GPicView the standard picture viewer developed by the LXDE team.

Installation in Debian, Ubuntu and other distributions:

pacman -Sy gpicview


  • Extremely lightweight and fast with low memory usage
  • Very suitable for default image viewer of desktop system
  • Simple and intuitive interface
  • Minimal lib dependency: Only pure GTK+ is used
  • Desktop independent: Doesn’t require any specific desktop environment
  • Open source, licensed under GNU GPL


Developed by 洪任諭 (Hong Jen Yee,aka PCMan) Copyright © 2007, Released under GNU general public license.


  • How to set gpicview to default image viewer? Use following command line:

xdg-mime default gpicview.desktop `grep ‘MimeType=’ /usr/share/applications/gpicview.desktop | sed -e ‘s/.*=//’ -e ‘s/;/ /g’`

NOTE: xdg-utils is needed here. It’s a tool released by Portland project of Freedesktop.org. Most modern Linux distros have this tool installed by default.


YouTube: http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=ACd3kN3mq_o
Maces Blogpost with German Video: http://www.maces-net.de/2008/10/06/kurzvorstellung-gpicview/
GPicView auf Sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.ph…
GPicView in the LXDE Wiki: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/GPicView

LXTask video of the standard LXDE task manager and system monitor

Another video of an LXDE component by Maces. LXTask is the standard task manager and system monitor of LXDE. It starts via Ctrl+Alt+Del and is extremely lightweight.

YouTube: http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=Ruk6rjAIyRQ
Maces Blogpost with German Video: http://www.maces-net.de/2008/10/07/kurzvorstellung-lxtask/
LXTask auf Sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?gro…
LXTask in the LXDE Wiki: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXTask

PCManFM: PCMan File Manager Video by Maces

Maces has made a number of videos presenting some of the core components of LXDE. The videos are in English. Additionally he produced a German version for each component. The first video is about the LXDE Filemanager, PCManFM.

PCMan File Manager (PCManFM) is a file manager application developed by Hong Jen Yee from Taiwan which is meant to be a replacement for Nautilus, Konqueror and Thunar. Released under the GNU General Public License, PCManFM is free software. PCManFM is the standard file manager in LXDE which is also developed the same author in conjunction with other developers. (Version 21 August 2008, at 18:07 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCManFM)

Video Link: http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=jRVoNOETS6U
Maces Blog Post Link: http://www.maces-net.de/2008/10/05/kurzvorstellung-pcmanfm
Project Page: http://pcmanfm.sourceforge.net