Fri. Aug 7th, 2020

LXLE 18.04.3 Releases: based-Lubuntu distro

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LXLE is an easy-to-use lightweight desktop Linux distribution based on Lubuntu and featuring the LXDE desktop environment. LXLE has a number of unique features over its upstream distribution: it is created from the LTS (long-term support) version of Ubuntu, which covers the day-to-day needs of most users with a set of preferred defaults and adds usefulness Modify and fine tune to improve performance and functionality. In addition, it works well on low-profile computers.

OS Philosophy

  • Stick with LTS only releases of Ubuntu to ensure hardware & software support.
  • Based on Lubuntu Linux to ensure a fast capable desktop for aging computers.
  • Keep desktop and other major software updated to the latest stable version.
  • Provide a complete drop in and go replacement for XP, Vista, 7 Starter/Basic.
  • Cover most users everyday needs by providing an excellent set of default apps.
  • Add useful necessary mods and tweaks, to improve performance & functions.
  • Develop a beautiful modern looking intuitive desktop for anyone to use easily.
  • Save system resources and spend them wisely on capable, feature rich apps.
  • Btrfs filesystem base
  • Auto-detect dual monitors
  • Expose like window picker
  • Lightweight app launcher
  • i3lock screen with autoblur
  • ‘Aero’ window snap feature
  • Enhanced menu speed
  • Assistive Technology apps
  • Detailed startup splash screen
  • Terminal-based Weather app
  • Mate/LXQT/Mint app additions
  • Security updates auto installed
  • uCareSystemCore update manager
  • Random/Interval Wallpaper Changer
  • Compton compositing window manager

LXLE 18.04.3 releases.


This one was a long time coming as my life got very busy with the new addition to the family.

New themes had to be tracked down as the updates to GTK broke the old ones yet again.

The distro has been slimmed down considerably, removing some of the more infrequently used programs.

Many versions of LXLE with a localized SearX search engine were built but was abandoned due to memory use.

More polish has gone into Seamonkey along with fixing annoying interface issues, additional bookmarklets and security has been enhanced.

Seamonkey remains the default browser due to it’s memory use, speed and additional components. It’s awesome.

The terminal weather remains although they seem to be running out of queries often which may need addressed.

While the system shedded a number of apps the game section did get a new shuffle of casual entertainment.

Some other notable replacements include the terminal, task manager, video and image editing programs; also the installer now features a matrix style ‘slideshow’ during install.

Overall the system is lean, mean and fast. I can only hope those reviewing it will install the system instead of using a livecd to ‘grade’ it. It’s a pet peeve when livecd’s are used to gauge memory usage or anything else as it’s unfair to the system itself since many additional things need to be running/occuring in the background in order for a livecd to work.