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LXLE

Last Update: 2017-04-08 10:55 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: 19 (468), 6 months: 22 (431), 3 months: 32 (336), 4 weeks: 35 (279), 1 week: 40 (279)

Average visitor rating: 8.52/10 from 21 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 LinuxQuestions.org
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
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites  
Reviews 14.04: Linux UserDistroWatchBlogspot
12.04: BlogspotDistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2014-05-22: Development Release: LXLE 14.04 Beta
 • More LXLE releases...

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Feature 16.04.2 14.04.4 12.04.5
Release Date 2017-04-08 2016-03-25 2014-10-23
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop LXDE LXDE LXDE
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 i386
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 16.04.2 14.04.4 12.04.5
Package 16.04.2 14.04.4 12.04.5
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.2
bind (9.11.1-P3) -- -- --
chromium (59.0.3071.115) -- -- --
cups (2.2.4) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42
firefox (54.0.1) -- -- 33.0
freetype (2.8) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8
gcc (7.1.0) -- 4.8.2 4.6.3
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.20 2.8.16 2.8.14
glibc (2.25) 2.23 2.19 2.15
gnome-shell (3.24.3) -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99
gtk+ (3.22.17) 3.18.9 3.10.8 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- --
k3b (17.04.3) -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 --
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.3.4) 5.3.2rc2 5.1.1 4.3.2rc2
linux (4.12.3) 4.4 3.13 3.2
Package 16.04.2 14.04.4 12.04.5
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.1 -- --
mariadb (10.2.7) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- --
mesa (17.1.5) 12.0.6 10.1.3 8.0.4
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.2.1) -- -- --
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (8u131) 8u121 7u95 7u65
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1
perl (5.26.0) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2
php (7.1.7) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3
qt (5.9.1) 5.5.1 4.8.5 4.8.2
samba (4.6.6) 4.3.11 4.1.6 3.6.3
systemd (234) 229 204 --
thunderbird (52.2.1) -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4

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Version: 16.04.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-13
Votes: 0


I had an old computer that seemed to stumble on many distros of Linux. This distro installed quite easily and without issues. I had only one major stumbling block to overcome: A third party application would not run on this distro. FINALLY I was able to install the proper NVIDEA driver for my system's video card (remove Noveau, and install actual drivers from NVidea) and magically, even that program started working. The only better outcome would have been that upon install, if this flavor of Linux could have discovered, downloaded and installed the proper video card drivers (like so often happens with MS Windows systems - aka: Linux still lagging behind in the power graphics category).


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Version: 16.04.2
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-07-13
Votes: 4


I put this on an old Dell Lattitude. Duo Core 1.8ghz, 1gb RAM, 60gb hard drive. It replaced a Vector Linux install that went smoothly and ran very fast, but, being Slackware, did not have the software I wanted. I tried Lubuntu but I could not get it to install properly.
The LXLE install program is Ubiquity, so the same as most mainstream Ubuntu derivatives. I installed from a Live DVD. IT was excruciatingly slow.
After installation, somehow I was able to get the on board WiFi to work. The Driver manager showed it was not working so I installed the proprietary driver it showed. That did not work, I removed the driver, giving up on it and not wanting software that doesn't work on the system, on rebooting it began to work.Automatically finding and using RALINK drivers rather than the Broadcom, the Driver Manager claimed it needed.
Once everything is set up it is extremely easy to use and runs quite quickly given the age of the machine. But getting everything set up to look nice and be easy to use is not for the novice. Adding items installed by the Synaptic Package manager to the drop down menu or the desktop requires knowledge of the Linux file system and terminal commands.
However, I was able to accomplish my main goal. Build a system my grandkids, under 6 years old, could play educational games on when they visit. GCompris works perfectly. It did not on Vector Linux.
I am concerned like another reviewer stated, that it just may go away one day. OR not keep up with security updates. For that reason I may try Linux Lite on that old machine, not quite as small a footprint but still pretty small, and if I have to, a 1gb of DDR2 is under $15 and this machine has an open slot for it.


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Version: 16.04.2
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-07-13
Votes: 0


I've been using it for about 6 months on a older Dell laptop, and it had been pretty good for most of that time. I thought it was really good, lightweight and fast, but feature rich.

I've started having trouble updating recently, however and if I try to update I end up with broken packages and have to abort out. It appears the updates rely on getdeb.net, and from my research it looks like getdeb.net has been down for about a month. If the update issues can't be fixed, I'll have to look elsewhere, unfortunately. As I said, I've really liked it and will be sad to move, but don't see other options if I can't run updated versions of some of the software I need to use.

I'm hoping the guys and gals behind the release get the issue fixed, and I don't have to change distros.

BTW, does anyone know what is up with getdeb.net? It seems like a few distros rely on that site. . . .


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