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LXLE

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:03 UTC


LXLE is an easy-to-use lightweight desktop Linux distribution based on Lubuntu and featuring the LXDE desktop environment. Compared to its parent, LXLE has a number of unique characteristics: it is built from Ubuntu's LTS (long-term support) releases, it covers most users' everyday needs by providing a good selection of default applications, and it adds useful modifications and tweaks to improve performance and functions.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 34 (298), 6 months: 36 (286), 3 months: 46 (240), 4 weeks: 41 (271), 1 week: 51 (218)

Average visitor rating: 8.37/10 from 35 review(s).


LXLE Summary
Distribution LXLE
Home Page http://lxle.net/
Mailing Lists http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxle-general
User Forums http://lxle.net/forums/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://wiki.lxle.net/doku.phphttp://lxle.net/?id=support
Screenshots http://lxle.net/?id=screenshotsDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.lxle.net/downloadLinuxTracker.org
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-11-22: Distribution Release: LXLE 16.04.3
 • 2017-04-09: Distribution Release: LXLE 16.04.2
 • 2016-07-31: Distribution Release: LXLE 16.04.1
 • 2016-03-26: Distribution Release: LXLE 14.04.4
 • 2016-02-27: Development Release: LXLE 14.04.4 RC
 • 2016-02-01: Development Release: LXLE 14.04.4 Beta
 • 2015-08-31: Distribution Release: LXLE 14.04.3
 • 2015-07-08: Development Release: LXLE 14.04.2 Beta "LS"
 • 2015-04-05: Distribution Release: LXLE 14.04.2, 12.04.5
 • 2015-03-11: Development Release: LXLE 14.04.2 Beta
 • 2014-10-23: Distribution Releases: LXLE 14.04.1, 12.04.5
 • 2014-06-14: Distribution Release: LXLE 14.04
 • More LXLE releases...

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Feature 16.04.3 14.04.4 12.04.5
Release Date 2017-11-21 2016-03-25 2014-10-23
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop LXDE LXDE LXDE
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 i386
Init Software systemd systemd Upstart
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List 16.04.3 14.04.4 12.04.5
Package 16.04.3 14.04.4 12.04.5
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3 4.2
bind (9.12.1) -- -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.117) -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42
firefox (59.0.2) -- -- 33.0
freetype (2.9) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8
gcc (7.3.0) -- 4.8.2 4.6.3
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 2.8.16 2.8.14
glibc (2.27) 2.23 2.19 2.15
gnome-shell (3.28.0) -- -- --
gnucash (3.0) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99
gtk+ (3.22.30) 2.24.30 2.24.23 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.04.0) -- -- --
kmod (25) 22 15 --
krita (4.0.1)      
libreoffice (6.0.3) 5.4.3rc2 5.1.1 4.3.2rc2
linux (4.16.3) 4.4 3.13 3.2
Package 16.04.3 14.04.4 12.04.5
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.99.1 -- --
mariadb (10.2.14) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- --
mesa (18.0.1) 17.0.7 10.1.3 8.0.4
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- --
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (9.0.4) 8u151 7u95 7u65
openssh (7.7p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1
perl (5.26.2) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2
php (7.2.4) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.0) -- -- --
postgresql (10.3) -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3
qt (5.10.1) 5.6.1 4.8.5 4.8.2
samba (4.8.0) 4.3.11 4.1.6 3.6.3
systemd (238) 229 204 --
thunderbird (52.7.0) -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3
vlc (3.0.2) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4

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Version: 16.04.3
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-04-03
Votes: 4


I've been using LXLE for a couple of years, having started with version 12.04. I'm currently using 16.04.4, which for some reason is not listed above, but my comments are pretty much the same for all the iterations that I have gone through. Simply put, LXLE is everything I could have hoped for in an OS. It is graphical, (although command line is available, if desired), non-quirky (very stable), and it comes loaded with just about any application you might need. It's really easy to use, looks good, and has never given me any trouble. When questions do arise I can usually find the answer on line and the community forum is responsive as well. Anyone would be well-satisfied with LXLE. Be sure that you have a 64 bit machine and adequate disk space before you begin an install. Oh, speaking of which, LXLE for all of its useful applications, is still relatively small and quick. Installing LXLE is very straight forward and easy to do. I can't speak for Mac people, but I will never, ever, ever, ever go back to Windows, and if you are totally fed up, like I was, I'll bet you won't go back either, after you try LXLE.


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Version: 16.04.3
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-04-02
Votes: 1


LXLE is literally a highly tweaked spin of Lubuntu, & is a useful alternative for reviving an old netbook, providing there is enough hard drive space.

LXLE run live from a USB stick really can go from boot to desktop in less than a minute.

If you're used to using a version of Windows, then you should be quite comfortable with the LXLE menu.

If you like the idea of 'more is better', then LXLE offers plenty of non-mainstream Ubuntu software/apps/program alternatives.

However:

LXLE installation is not very 'newbie' user-friendly, with frequent error messages. If the option to encrypt the home folder is selected, then installation will fail at the 'creating user' stage.

Compared to Lubuntu, LXLE is overloaded with apps/programs that can easily be installed later (e.g. LibreOffice, GIMP, a multitude of different apps that do the same thing, & 100 wallpapers, by default).

But the biggest issue is security, because LXLE is very much a showcase for PPA repositories, which is little more than a sanitized way of getting unofficial/unsupported software and letting it run with administrative priviledges (as superuser). You have been warned.

If in doubt, it's probably better to stick with an official, supported version of Lubuntu.


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Version: 16.04.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-03-18
Votes: 5


Really a terrific distribution. I have used it as primary on my home/work laptop for two years now. Very slick and fast on old laptops, notably faster than Windows, Mint, other Linux distributions--only Puppy linux is faster, and Puppy requires a lot more hand-holding. I've given LXLE away as a gift on used laptops to Linux-naive relatives, and installed it on an elderly parent's laptop as an alternative to Windows, with very happy customers in all cases. I have a "jumping cursor" problem which is a plague for numerous platforms and distributions, and have had to make a few kluges, but other than that I love LXLE. Very smart selection of software, games, wallpapers, great aesthetics, mostly works out of the box, real care put into user experience. Lives up to its logo "Revive that old laptop."


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