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Welcome

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 12.04 is not an LTS

Please note that Lubuntu 12.04 is not an LTS (5 years support), but a 'standard' release, supported for 18 months. This is simply due the fact there is insufficient 'man-power' to commit to 5 years of support.


System Requirements

We have done many tests and we found out that Lubuntu can be installed on a Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM, but such a system would not perform well enough for daily use.

With 256MB - 384MB of RAM, the performance will be better and the system will be more usable.

With 512MB of RAM, you don't need to worry much.

The default "Desktop" installer requires 384-800 MB of RAM (depending on selected options.) If you have problems, please use the "Alternate" installer.

Why so many choices?

The lubuntu team strive 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.


Get Lubuntu

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 12.04

When upgrading from a previous release, it is always a good idea to move /home, it gives additional safe guards for your own data. In any case, taking a backup is recommended.

The update manager GUI will offer you 12.10 Lubuntu (it shows as Ubuntu, but updates Lubuntu); Alternatively, launch LXTerminal and enter

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 each as totally different two 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 DE - Lubuntu uses LXDE while Ubuntu uses Unity as the default DE.

  • Different Default Applications

Other than that, they are the same. The DE is what makes Lubuntu a lightweight OS, and of course the selected 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.


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Lubuntu/13.04 (last edited 2013-10-17 15:31:38 by phillw)