This is excellent news. Hopefully Ubuntu QA will be able to add the Lubuntu 
images to iso-testing by either Alpha3 or Beta1. Once Lubuntu is included in 
iso-testing I'll shift my testing from Ubuntu desktop images to Lubuntu desktop 

Don't worry too much about the oversize images. I've been iso-testing for quite 
some time and oversize images are the norm during alpha stage, and even the 
daily beta images are often oversize. As RC and final iso-testing approaches 
more effort is made at reducing the size of the images to under 700MB.

Many thanks for all of the great work,


--- On Tue, 7/26/11, Julien Lavergne <> wrote:

From: Julien Lavergne <>
Subject: [Lubuntu-desktop] New ISO images available : Lubuntu
To: "Ubuntu Developers" <>
Cc: "lubuntu-desktop" <>
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 4:52 PM

Hi Ubuntu developers,

New images have pop up on [1]. Finally, Lubuntu is
out of the Ubuntu factory :) [2]

For people who don't know Lubuntu, this is a quick presentation. Lubuntu
is a distribution based on Ubuntu, and the LXDE desktop environnement.
The main goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, but with
all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support ...).
Currently we are using :
- Chromium for the browser
- Openbox for the windows manager
- Pcmanfm for the file manager
- Abiword + Gnumeric for office work
- Pidgin for IM
- Audacious for playing music
- Gnome-mplayer for videos
- Some GNOME components : evince, file-roller, gnome-keyring 
- Most of the LXDE components
You can find the complete list of applications by default on the wiki

After 2 years of work, and 3 "unofficial" releases (10.04, 10.10 and
11.04), we had recently an official go from the Technical Board and ISO
images are now made like other Ubuntu flavors. I hope the 11.10 will be
the 1st official release of Lubuntu as a member of the Ubuntu family :)

We have 2 important particularities. Like Xubuntu, we use another
GTK-based desktop environnement than GNOME, and we try to avoid
unnecessary GNOME depends which could slow the system. We need some
GNOME parts because LXDE doesn't provide all necessary components. It's
the reason why we are very careful about dependencies of those

We are also very strict with ressources requirement. It's the reason why
we don't include all Ubuntu specific applications. For example, we don't
include Software-Center because it's still a bit heavy for some of our

I would like to thanks all people who make this happen, especially Mark,
Colin and Emmet, and all people involved in the development of Lubuntu
and LXDE.

If you want to talk to the Lubuntu community, you can use our mailing
list ( or IRC : #lubuntu on
Freenode. You can also find information on our wiki [3].

Thanks for your attention :)

Julien Lavergne

[2] It's still young images, which for now, are oversized, don't load
the desktop session, and have wrong splash images .. they should be
better in the futur :)

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