Lubuntu 16.04 uses LXDE based on GTK2 and not LXQt

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As we already told you in Ubunlog before New Year's Day, the official flavors and other unofficial ones based on Ubuntu were going to start launching the first Alpha versions of their operating systems. Although, logically, the holidays made developers relax a bit, something that also happened to the writers of many blogs. Now that the Christmas holidays are over, we are back in full swing and we have started to inform you about everything related to Ubuntu. After the news that He has written my colleague Joaquin informing that Linux Mint 17.3 is now available for all its versions, it is the turn of a news item about ubuntu.

Last Monday, January 4, the first version of Lubuntu 16.04 was released, a release that arrives in Alpha 1 Milestone phase. In any case, at the moment it has been a disappointment for many users, since it is based on GTK LXDE and not on LXQt, the new desktop written in Qt that combines the best of LXDE and Razor-qt. LXQt has been launched on other systems with success and uses Qt5 and KDe Frameworks 5, but it will not arrive, except for a major surprise, to Lubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.

The bad news came in the Lubuntu Xenial Alpha 1 release notes, stating that “LXQt is still in development and Xenial Xerus will be based on GTK«. If you are curious and want to try the LXQt graphical environment, there are distributions such as Mageia who use it, but I am in favor of using the versions of Linux that enjoy greater support, such as Ubuntu, its official flavors and the most famous versions based on the Canonical system.

2016 will be a very important year for Ubuntu and all the systems that are based on it, but this first news about Lubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus is not the best of all. In any case, we will still have to wait until April for the final versions of each system to arrive before we can comment.


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  1.   Joaquin Valle Torres placeholder image said

    lxqt problem even though it is possibly a fantastic desktop, it may still be a bit green. but I have to admit that it promises, we will see later.

  2.   Alex said

    At the beginning of last year I tried a distro (can't remember which one) with LxQt and I loved it! Even with the bugs it had, it is a great disappointment that Lubuntu is not going to have it by default, I was really looking forward to it 🙁

  3.   仙道 カ イ ザ ー said

    I should try it * _ *