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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 14.10

System Requirements

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.

Memory (RAM)

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.

Processor (CPU)

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. With such graphics, or if you don't know, try the current Lubuntu version.


The desktop installer works in most cases. If you have problems, for example with the graphics, please try the alternate installer.

Advanced methods

If you have an older or less powerful system, and you are ready for advanced methods, read the tips at this page:

Advanced methods

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 14.04

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 14.10 Ubuntu (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.

See Also

External Links

Lubuntu/Release+1 (last edited 2014-08-28 23:41:21 by sergiomeneses)