In the screenshot above before you in all its glory appears LXDE is one of the lightest desktop environments for UNIX-like systems in General, and for GNU/Linux in particular. As you can see, people who believe in “ugliness” and “outdated” Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (namely so stands for the acronym), you are greatly mistaken. In this article, I continue to describe the different GUI our favourite OSes are going to dispel some more myths. Are you with me?
So, LXDE is a very light, energy efficient, fast and intuitive graphical environment that is intended to be ideal for low-power and/or old computers. Because of this, LXDE is often called the angular, grayish, and generally terrible. But in reality, it conceals many interesting things. Take a look at the official LXDE website: even it is made in an interesting style.
Official website LXDEИстория LXDE
That’s really where you have nothing to say, so here it is.
LXDE is a young project, founded, according to Wikipedia, in 2006-m year, the Taiwanese programmer Hong Jen Yee (Hong Jen Yee).
Hong Jen Yee
By the way, this person also know under the name PCMan, as it suggests that — it is so called file Manager graphical environment LXDE.
It mentioned the file Manager, and was the first module of LXDE.
That’s the whole story. I mean, really — everything!
Dissatisfied with GTK + 3, Hong Jen Yee experimented with Qt in early 2013 and 26 March 2013 even released the first version of PCManFM based on Qt.
Debian GNU/Linux with LXDE
July 3, 2013 Hong announced a Qt port of the full LXDE set, July 21, Razor-qt and LXDE announced that they will combine two projects. This merger meant that the versions of GTK + and Qt will coexist for some time, but in the end, the GTK will be discarded and all efforts will be focused on the Qt port.
But who, as they say, is still there.
And what about today?
LXDE is a lightweight and fast graphical environment that you… have nothing to say. It is just there, occupying its niche in the environment, low-power computers, and that for many Linux users this GUI ends.
Though is not quite, not always the case. Unlike most graphical environments, LXDE has a huge number of dependencies, and its components are not tightly integrated with each other. Thus, we can safely use LXDE components separately — in the best traditions uniksboy philosophy.
Very poor standard appearance LXDE
This organization has allowed developers of many distributions use LXDE separate elements in the concepts of their interfaces, together with components from other desktop environments. A vivid example is Peppermint OS, a great lightweight distro based on Ubuntu, which I shot the video (on Ukrainian language):
LXDE is suitable for those users who can donate some “prettiness” in the system to receive speed, convenience and ease. Thanks to the flexible configuration possibilities, and a whole galaxy of window managers that can work in conjunction with the other elements of LXDE, the option GUI suitable for beginners, but users of GNU/Linux with experience, privykli to change everything around to your liking.
How to install LXDE GNU/Linux
1. Debian GNU/Linux
In Debian GNU/Linux LXDE can be installed as a desktop environment by default by selecting it in the appropriate window at the stage of installation of the operating system. If you have not done so, run the following command:
sudo apt install lxde
2. Ubuntu and derivatives
With the original Ubuntu, everything is quite easy: to version Ubuntu 18.04, there was a separate version of the system with desktop LXDE called Lubuntu, but starting from version 18.10 distro Lubuntu comes with the LXQt environment.
Given what is Ubuntu 18.04 LTS version (long term support), 18.04 Lubuntu with LXDE and Lubuntu with LXQt 18.10 current at the time of writing, to the same extent. Therefore, it may make sense to download Lubuntu 18.04 LTS by pressing one of the buttons:
Lubuntu 18.04 LTS (ISO, amd64)
Lubuntu 18.04 LTS (ISO, i386)
If you want to install LXDE in Ubuntu or one of its fork from the command line, use the command:
sudo apt install lxde
3. Fedora Linux
You can download a single edition of the Fedora LXDE from the official website that spin. Also you can use our button below if this version is still relevant:
29 Fedora Linux LXDE (ISO, amd64)
If you install LXDE in Fedora (or similar) from the command line, run:
sudo dnf groupinstall -y "LXDE Desktop"
4. Arch Linux and derivatives
In Arch-like distributions, and Arch Linux, to install LXDE you can use the command:
sudo pacman -S lxde
The rest of the graphical environment in the world of free UNIX-like operating systems, LXDE deserves attention primarily due to its philosophy of “ease, usefulness and practicality”, suitable for the beginners, but also interesting for professionals.
Manjaro Linux LXDE. It looks cool, isn’t it?
Do you use LXDE? If so, what you like or don’t like in this environment? Please share your impressions in kominiarek!
Image: from open sources
Video: Ukrainian Liberation