Many have long awaited the full adoption of the new LXQt desk, a new version of LXDE that offers more functionality for less resources. This has been as desired as Unity 8 and it seems that Lubuntu 16.10 will finally have this desktop.
Thus, the team leader, Simon Quigley has affirmed who have started the migration to the new desktop, being in the next version if they approve it the top members of the Ubuntu Community.
LXQt is still in development but is fully functional
While it is true that LXQt is still a desktop in development, its latest version, LXQt 0.10.0 is quite stable and its use in some distributions has taught the Lubuntu team that it can be used as the default desktop. So in the next few days o the desktop meta-package will be created as well as several installation images to test this new desktop in the lightweight Ubuntu flavor. Steps required to safely incorporate the new version.
And although many (including the team itself) want LXQt to be by default in Lubuntu 16.10, the truth is that we may not see it until version 17.04Since there is less than two months left for the official release and the next version to Yakkety Yak is still not LTS, we think that it could be implemented without any problem for the users or the development team.
But not all are good news. While many will welcome the new desk, many will not. The latest LXQt tests indicate that the desktop gains in performance and power but also consumes more resources than LXDE and other lightweight desks like E17. So many of these users may still not be running Ubuntu on their computers, although fortunately there are fewer and fewer. In any case, we will have to look with special attention to the future steps of the official flavor. Do not you think?