Looking for a lightweight Ubuntu distro for your computer as an alternative to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS powered by GNOME?
Lubuntu 22.04 LTS is there as a replacement. In fact, you can also take a look at Xubuntu 22.04 LTS, if you are exploring lightweight options.
Here we focus on the most exciting changes with Lubuntu 22.04 LTS.
Lubuntu 22.04 LTS: what’s new?
Lubuntu 22.04 LTS comes with LXQt 0.17.0, updated apps and some improvements.
This is a long term release. So you can expect updates for Lubuntu 22.04 LTS until 2025 i.e. three-year supportwhich is usual for official Ubuntu releases.
Some of the significant changes include:
Everyone loves a new wallpaper. With various Ubuntu releases like MATE, Kubuntu, and Budgie releases, you have a lot of new wallpapers.
With Lubuntu 22.04 there is an interesting wallpaper you can find on Unsplash:
While LXQt 0.17.0 includes essential improvements, it would have been more exciting to see the recent LXQt 1.1.0. Of course, for obvious reasons, he was not selected in this version.
LXQt 0.17.0 includes session behavior improvements for non-LXQt apps, power manager updates, auto-hide functionality added to the LXQt panel, and other tweaks.
For more details about LXQt 0.17.0, you can refer to its official release notes.
Firefox as snap-in
Unfortunately, every Ubuntu release includes Firefox as a Snap package, since Mozilla will focus on Snap for faster updates and maintenance.
In a good way, you should get enhanced security with its sandbox.
The release notes mention that the browser may be slower to start for the first time after booting, especially in the live environment. But you shouldn’t have any problems with subsequent runs.
With Lubuntu 22.04 LTS, you get upgrades to various applications, including:
- VLC 3.0.16
- Feather 1.0.1
- Libre Office 7.3.2
Along with apps, you also get an updated Discover Software Center for a smoother experience with managing/installing software.
Lubuntu 22.04 LTS uses the Calamares installer instead of Ubiquity, as most other Ubuntu releases prefer.
You get the pagefile size set to 512MB by default. But, you can opt for no exchange, if you wish.
Some of the popular packages such as Trojita (mail client), k3b and fcitx are no longer present in Lubuntu 22.04 LTS.
So, if you are upgrading, you can install it manually using their official guide.
To learn more about the changes in Lubuntu 22.04 LTS, you can refer to the official release notes.
Download Lubuntu 22.04 LTS
If you are upgrading from Lubuntu 20.04 LTS which has LXQt, this new version uses a different Openbox settings configuration file.
If you customized,
~/.config/openbox/lxqt-rc.xml you will want to copy this file to
~/.config/openbox/rc.xml. This change does not affect new installations and upgrades from 21.10.
To perform a clean install, you can get the latest ISO from the official website (direct link/torrent available).