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LXQt 0.80 released with themes. Install on Ubuntu

LXQt, the latest Qt 5.0 based LXDE Desktop, released its version 0.80 with more updates, fixes, performance increase tweaks and qt themes. The new release includes new themes, support for reordering panel items and a set of basic admin tools to tweak the system.

The release happened after 5 months from 0.70 version.

The PCManFM-Qt file manager adds single-click opening, desktop drag & drop, Ark archive manager integration and makes minor tweaks to the “icon view” layout of files.

LXQt is the classic desktop with modern Look and Feel with performance focused shell. The Latest LXQt is completely compatible with Qt5. This modern desktop is suited for lighter systems that suffer performance problems of other shells like unity, gnome shel etc.


In announcing the availability of version 0.8, project co-lead Jerome Leclanche speaks of the momentum gathering behind the desktop:

…we have seen a surge of interest and several new developers have joined us. Collaboration with other desktop environments has been very promising and we are very excited to be able to pick up new KDE Frameworks libraries to replace custom, duplicated and often sub-par functionality.”

New Features in LXQt 0.8:

  • New admin tools, including date & time config
  • File manager improvements
  • New themes: Plasma Next & Dark Alpha
  • Better multi-monitor handling
  • RGBA transparency (where applicable)
  • Compton integration (disabled by default)
  • Support for setting UI font
  • LXQt-Panel now allows reordering of task bar button and supports urgency hints

Install LXQt in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

The Lubuntu PPA includes all of the required packages for LXQt, including a meta-package to simplify installation. Just like other desktops, LXQt can be installed alongside Unity, GNOME, etc., but also the GTK+ version of LXDE.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and paste the commands below. Even though the desktop is stable but expect some bugs and lack of common productivity tools of a desktop. But its fast and modern.

  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-dev/lubuntu-daily 
   sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gilir/q-project
   sudo apt-get update
   sudo apt-get install lxqt-metapackage lxqt-panel openbox


Install LXQt 0.7.0 on Fedora 20

Run the commands below one by one on the terminal
1. Install the needed utilities to download the repo and save. wget is a command utility to download a file from web.

$ sudo yum install wget libstatgrab

2. Add the Fedora repo into system by download the file and save it in repos folder.

$ sudo wget download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/lxde:/lxqt:/fedora/Fedora_20/X11:lxde:lxqt:fedora.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/lxqt.repo

3. This will remove current LXDE desktop from your system (be carefull to take necessary backups).

$ sudo yum remove lxde*

4. Update the yum cache and add the newly created repo to the yum system

$ sudo yum update$ sudo yum install lxqt* -x lxqt-*-debuginfo --disablerepo=fedora

Install LXQt 0.7.0 on Open Suse

The following commands will install the Latest LXQt desktop into Open SUSE.
1.download latest repo for LXQt 0.7.0 on your OpenSUSE system.

$ zypper addrepo -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/lxde:/lxqt/openSUSE_13.1/ LXDE-QT.repo

2.Remove current LXDE Environment from OpenSUSE. Carefull about backups.

$ sudo zypper remove lxde*

3. Add the recently downloaded repo into the system.

$ sudo zypper refresh

4.Install the Latest LXQt desktop with its all dependencies.

$ sudo zypper install -t pattern lxde-qt


These are the commands. Latest LXQt is much more fast and usefull for a production environment. It uses less memory of the system compared to other desktop environments in linux.

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