Welcome to the Wiki of the Lubuntu Team
The objective of the Lubuntu project is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient by using lightweight applications and LXDE, The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as its default GUI.
Lubuntu is targeted at PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware that, in most cases, just don't have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions. Members of the team take care of LXDE and other packages that are part of Lubuntu. Lubuntu received official recognition as a formal member of the Ubuntu family, commencing with Lubuntu 11.10.
Please join us and contribute to an exciting international Free and Open Source Software project. We look forward to working together with you.
Lubuntu 14.04 LTS
Please note that Lubuntu 14.04 is an LTS (3 years support). We encourage everyone to upgrade to the latest version (14.04.02) and stick with this one if you want longer support, although the latest version is Lubuntu 15.04.
Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old.
For advanced internet services like Google+, Youtube, Google Docs and Facebook, your computer needs at least 1 GB RAM.
For local programs like Libre Office and simple browsing habits, your computer needs at least 512 MB RAM.
The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8.
Older processors are too slow and AMD K7 has problems with flash video.
Graphics chip / card
Nvidia, AMD/ATI/Radeon and Intel work out of the box, or the system can be tweaked to work fairly easily. You can get help at the Ubuntu Forums.
The desktop installer works in most cases. If you have problems, for example with the graphics, please try the alternate installer.
If you have an older or less powerful system, and you are ready for advanced methods, read the tips at this page:
Why so many choices?
The Lubuntu team strives to make Lubuntu available to as many people as possible. For details of how this is done please read Why so many choices for details.
To download Lubuntu and see the various options available, head over to Get Lubuntu. This section discusses both the standard installs and those required for computers with low memory (RAM), old chipsets (i586) and low disk-space (netbooks). Please read the release notes before you install.
Upgrading from 14.04
When upgrading from a previous release, it is always a good idea to move /home, which will protect your own data. In any case, making a backup is recommended.
sudo do-release-upgrade -d
Lubuntu vs Ubuntu
Both Lubuntu and Ubuntu share Two Major Important Things:
- Same Core System
- Same Repositories
Lubuntu and Ubuntu belong to the same family and talking about them as totally different systems is not correct since they have some things in common. Thus, we use the same Forum Area and share many Wiki Pages.
The differences between Lubuntu and Ubuntu are:
- Different default applications
Other than that, they are the same. The DE is what makes Lubuntu a lightweight OS, and of course the default applications too, because we make sure to use the lightest applications which are not resource hungry.
Your Contribution is needed
Thank you for choosing and using Lubuntu. Your help, support and contributions are highly appreciated. If you would like to help make Lubuntu even much better, please read this link.