Lubuntu 10.04 Beta 2 is Released

The release manager of Lubuntu release, the community maintained Ubuntu variant featuring LXDE, Julien Lavergne just announced the availability of Lubuntu 10.04 Beta 2. Here is his release note on the mailing list:

“The Lubuntu Lucid Beta 2 is now available. Don’t forget that it’s build
with Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) which is still in Beta state of development,
so same warnings: Pre-releases of Lucid are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage.  They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs. We passed Feature Freeze, that mean most of the features should now be available. It’s now time for testing and fixing bugs.”

== New stuff since Beta 1 ==

* Auto-login at install time
* Support encrypted home directory
* Up-to-date lxdm, libfm and pcmanfm2

== Specific Lubuntu changes ==

Lubuntu still contains modifications not available in the official
repository, you can see them in the Lubuntu PPA [1] :
– New pcmanfm2 and libfm (LP: #523433)
– lubuntu-default-settings with pcmanfm2 support
– Fix for blurry shutdown-icon from elementary-icons (LP: #527345)
– Autologin support in ubiquity (LP: #546445)
– New lxdm

== Testing needed ==

Recent additions :
– pcmanfm2, the new filemanager, is still in beta state.
– The new lxdm may fixed some issue regarding the keyring and PAM
support, but it needs more tests.

== Known bugs ==

* If you test on a USB, the first screen will freeze for a moment when
you click on “Try Lubuntu …”. Just wait, it will continue as normal.

== Download ==

Torrent: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-lucid-beta2.iso.torrent

Download: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/lubuntu-lucid-beta2.iso

MD5: http://people.ubuntu.com/~gilir/md5sum.txt

For those who haven’t try Lubuntu or LXDE, it’s a good chance to do it. The Lubuntu team did a great job to integrate LXDE and Ubuntu. This might be one of the best LXDE-based Ubuntu variant ever. Kudos the Lubuntu team!

== Links ==

* Lubuntu: lubuntu.net

* Twitter: twitter.com/lubuntudesktop

* Documentation: https://docs.lubuntu.net

lubuntu – How To Get Involved

Julian Lavergne posted some ideas to get involved into lubuntu on the mailing list of the project which are helpful for anyone who would like to contribute to the lubuntu project. I am adding a few ideas here.

== Improve the Documentation ==

Our lubuntu documentation site can always be improved. Check out: https://docs.lubuntu.net

== 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: http://lxde.org

== 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)

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.

== 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.

==Links==

* Lubuntu: lubuntu.net

* Twitter: twitter.com/lubuntudesktop

Mario Behling is a German born serial entrepreneur. He founded the lubuntu project, and as the co-founder of FOSSASIA he supports communities to develop open technologies for social change. Mario presently works on SUSI AI from his Singapore base.

First lubuntu Test ISO Available

lubuntuThe lubuntu project is advancing. lynxis just published a lubuntu test iso based on the seeds by David Sugar and additional patches. It is just 381 MB and a second one only 292 MB.

Please download the image and test it and give feedback: http://lynxis.crew.c-base.org

UPDATE: The CD images from the link above are now unavailable due to bandwidth limit. However, there is a BitTorrent link.

Links

* Lubuntu: lubuntu.net

* Twitter: twitter.com/lubuntudesktop

* Documentation: https://docs.lubuntu.net

* Building a distro from scratch:  https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDCustomizationFromScratch

Mario Behling is a German born serial entrepreneur. He founded the lubuntu project, and as the co-founder of FOSSASIA he supports communities to develop open technologies for social change. Mario presently works on SUSI AI from his Singapore base.

Lubuntu: LXDE Meet up with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin

Mario, when will you release Lubuntu?

Many people ask this question recently. Actually, we do not have an official distribution named Lubuntu… yet. So time to get in touch with the Ubuntu community and Mark Shuttleworth about a cooperation.

I finally met up with Mark today for breakfast here in Berlin and talked with him about the idea of Lubuntu, LXDE and Ubuntu.

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 derivative, ergo Lubuntu.

Congratulations to the whole 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 to Arne Götje.

More information:

* Lubuntu: lubuntu.net

* Twitter: twitter.com/lubuntudesktop

* Ubuntu: ubuntu.com

* Website of Mark: markshuttleworth.com

* Personal Website: mariobehling.de

Mario Behling is a German born serial entrepreneur. He founded the lubuntu project, and as the co-founder of FOSSASIA he supports communities to develop open technologies for social change. Mario presently works on SUSI AI from his Singapore base.