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LXLE LUBUNTU 12.04

LXDE Guide
Beginner's Guide
Arachnophilia HTML
Araneae HTML Editor
Debian Remastersys
FastStone Image Editor
MyStuff Menu
Openbox Menu
PhotoFiltre Editor
Tint2 Panel
Utorrent
Wbar Dock
ApplicationLXLE LubuntuLXLE Custom
appearancelxappearance*lxappearance*
archiverfile-roller*file-roller*
audio controlpavucontrol*pavucontrol*
audio editoraudacity*audacity*
audio-videogtkpod, guayadeque, vlc*vlc*
calculatorgalculator, xcalc*xcalc*
cd-dvdbrasero*brasero*
cd ripperasunder*asunder*
character mapgucharmap*gucharmap*
clipboardparcellite*parcellite*
dictionary ispell
display m.lightdm*lightdm*
file browserpcmanfm*pcmanfm*
ftp agent filezilla
graphicsgimp, shotwellphotofiltre, faststone
html editor araneae, arachnophilia
image viewergpicviewgthumb
javaopenjdk7Oracle-java7
menu editor lxmed
monitor c.lxrandr*arandr, lxrandr*
notesxpad*xpad*
officelibreofficeabiword, gnumeric
networkgnome*gnome*
panellxpanel*lxpanel*
pdfevince*, xpdfevince* flpsed
power m.xfce4*xfce4*
printer toolsystem-config-p.*system-config-p.*
scannersimple-scan*simple-scan*
screensaverxscreensaver*xscreensaver*
screenshotgnome, scrot*scrot*
search toolcatfish*catfish*
session m.lxsession*lxsession*
system c.bleachbit*upgrade-system, bleachbit*, wajig
system m.lxtask*lxtask*
terminallxterminal*lxterminal*
text editorleafpad*leafpad*, geany
video cam.guvcview*guvcview*
video editoropenshot*openshot*
web browserfirefox*, chromium*firefox*, chromium*
window m.openbox*openbox*
LXLE, which is short for "Lubuntu Extra Life Extension," is a re-spin of Lubuntu 12.04, which is coordinated with Ubuntu 12.04, which is a long-term supported Ubuntu release. However, Lubuntu 12.04 is not long term, and that is the main reason for LXLE. My experience with Ubuntu systems, Lubuntu included, are that they are inconsistent between releases, especially the intermediate short-term releases. Lubuntu 12.04 was quite nice, but then 12.10 came along and changed enough things to the worst that dropped Lubuntu below several other LXDE desktops in my estimation. LXLE appears to be "Lubuntu done right."

[1] Download instructions can be obtained from LXLE. The install was straight forward with only one hitch. For some reason "me" did not own the .config directory, so

   sudo chown me ~/.config.

To complete the initial install, I finish with the usual

   sudo apt-get update
   sudo apt-get dist-upgrade.


[2] For a lightweight system you may want to remove some of the duplicated apps and some of the 20 included games. The install included Conky, a useless desktop decoration which I generally remove immediately. However, the stock Conky here is small and unintrusive, uses little resources and you may want to keep it. Use apt-get or synaptic to remove (if desired) the following:

galculator gimp gnome-screenshot gpicview gtkpod guayadeque homebank homebank-data libre-word openjdk6 osmo pidgin pidgin-data pidgin-microblog pidgin-facebookchat pidgin-plugin-pack pidgin-skype pithos shotwell xpdf yelp yelp-xsl libyelp0.


[3] Use apt-get or synaptic to install (if desired):

abiword arandr geany gnumeric gprename gthumb filezilla flpsed fortune-mod ispell upgrade-system wajig.

This installs a basic set of applications and tools. To get fortunes into the terminal interface, edit /etc/bash.bashrc to add the word fortune on a new line just before the final fi.


See LXDE Guide for a guide to install oracle-java and lxmed and removing open-jdk-icedtea. Use Synaptic to install Wine. The table on the right shows the stock LXLE and custom systems, with an asterix (*) indicating common packages. As you can see there is very little difference, which is the first reason for liking LXLE. The second reason was the 32-bit dual architecture and skype were already installed. The third reason was Wine could be installed without any hang-ups directly from Synaptic. The best reason is the finished system is fast and appears reliable (consistent).

[4] Use the GUI's in Preferences (Openbox Configuration Manager, Customize Look and Feel, etc) to configure your system. Install your favorite Linux and Wine applications.

[5] Configure the Openbox Application Menu following the recipe described in Openbox Menu. Place a copy of your modified menu.xml in the following 3 openbox directories (replacing any menu.xml already there):

   /etc/xdg/openbox
   /usr/share/lubuntu/openbox
   ~/.config/openbox .

Edit the rc.xml (or lubuntu-rc.xml or lxde-rc.xml) in the above 3 openbox directories so that the line following <menu>   is    <showIcons>yes</showIcons> .


While the rc.xml files are open, edit their keybinding parts (see Section 3 of LXDE Guide). Make sure keybindings exist for at least terminal, pcmanfm, main menu, lxpanel and screenshooter. Some day these will come in useful!

[6] Use upgrade-system, wajig and bleachbit (as root)to do a general system clean-up.

[7] To make a .iso copy of your LXLE system, see section 19 of the LXDE Guide for a guide on using the Ubuntu Remastersys application.