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Last Update: 2023-01-30 01:12 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: 92 (134), 6 months: 92 (126), 3 months: 90 (129), 4 weeks: 88 (122), 1 week: 77 (107)

Average visitor rating: 8.14/10 from 36 review(s).

LXLE Summary
Distribution LXLE
Home Page http://www.lxle.net/
Mailing Lists http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxle-general
User Forums http://www.lxle.net/forums/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://wiki.lxle.net/doku.phphttp://www.lxle.net/?id=support
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2022-05-27: Distribution Release: LXLE Focal
 • 2019-09-09: Distribution Release: LXLE 18.04.3
 • 2019-08-19: Development Release: LXLE 18.04.3 Beta
 • 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
 • More LXLE releases...

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Feature Focal 18.04.3 16.04.4 14.04.4 12.04.5
Release Date 2022-05-27 2019-09-09 2018-05-16 2016-03-25 2014-10-23
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1700-1800 1200-1400 1400-1500    
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice GOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd Upstart
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support          
Full Package List focal 18.04.3 16.04.4 14.04.4 12.04.5
Package Focal 18.04.3 16.04.4 14.04.4 12.04.5
abiword (3.0.5) -- 3.0.2 -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.10) 1.2.2 1.1.3 1.1.0 1.0.25
amdgpu (23.0.0) 19.1.0 18.0.1 -- -- --
bash (5.2.21) 5.1 4.4.18 4.3 4.3 4.2
bind (9.18.20) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (119.0.6045.199) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.4.7) 2.3.1 2.2.7 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.45.5 1.44.1 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42
firefox (120.0.1) -- -- -- -- 33.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.10.1 2.8.1 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8
gcc (13.2.0) -- -- -- 4.8.2 4.6.3
gimp (2.10.36) 2.10.18 -- 2.8.22 2.8.16 2.8.14
glibc (2.38) 2.31 2.27 2.23 2.19 2.15
gnome-shell (45.1) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (5.4-1) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.56) -- 1.12.35 -- -- --
grub (2.06) 2.04 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99
gtk (4.12.4) 3.24.20 3.22.30 2.24.30 2.24.23 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.58) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (1.3.1) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (23.08.3) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (31) 27 24 22 15 --
krita (5.2.1) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (7.6.3) 7.3.3rc2 -- 6.0.4rc2 5.1.1 4.3.2rc2
linux (6.6.3) 5.4 4.15 4.4 3.13 3.2
Package Focal 18.04.3 16.04.4 14.04.4 12.04.5
lxpanel (0.10.1) 0.10.0 0.9.3 0.8.2 0.8.2 0.6.1
mariadb (11.1.3) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.26.2) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (23.3.0) 21.2.6 19.0.8 17.2.8 10.1.3 8.0.4
mysql (8.2.0) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (45.1) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (545.29.06) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2
openjdk (21.0.1) -- -- 8u171 7u95 7u65
openssh (9.5p1) 8.2p1 7.6p1 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1
openssl (3.2.0) 1.1.1f 1.1.1 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1
perl (5.38.2) 5.30.0 5.26.1 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2
php (8.3.0) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.27.9) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.8.3) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (16.1) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.12.0) 3.8.2 2.7.15 2.7.12 2.7.5 2.7.3
qt (6.6.1) 5.12.8 5.9.5 5.6.1 4.8.5 4.8.2
samba (4.19.3) 4.13.17 4.7.6 4.3.11 4.1.6 3.6.3
systemd (254.7) 245.4 237 229 204 --
thunderbird (115.5.1) -- -- -- -- --
vim (9.0) 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3
vlc (3.0.20) -- -- -- -- --
wayland (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (21.1.9) 1.20.13 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4

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Version: Focal
Rating: 5
Date: 2023-10-27
Votes: 11

I tried LXLE in live mode and found it intuitive and easy to navigate.It comes with an almost never ending stream of wallpapers for those that find that care about ascetics. LXLE has very light desktop at boot up which has strong appeal for those who are RAM conscious. WIFI was easy to configure.

Unfortunately the browser kept freezing the system requiring reboot. This led me to seek help in the LXLE forum but the forum seems neglected as I could not even complete the sign-up procedure. After looking at the LXLE support forms carefully it seemed all posting stopped around June of 2022. Moreover the IRC channel is dead also. Putting this together it appears LXLE is abandoned. That is too bad in some respects as many running old hardware now have fewer choices.

One stand out choice, as an alternative to LXLE is Bodhi's Application distro which comes with a full fledged operating desktop out of the box. Where as Bodhi was historically geared toward experienced Linux users it now has embraced the novice providing a elegant out of the box desktop experience that is light on resources and still extremely fast. Bodhi has an active support forum so LXLE users have a very viable option. So if you want a do-it-for-me out of the box experience for old hardware look the Bodhi Application distro (i.e. not the standard Bodhi. The downside with Bodhi is you either like the Moksha desktop or you do not; I love it!

Q4OS Trinity latest edition is heavier than LXLE (512 MB vs 266 MB RAM at idle) but also delivers a great out of the box experience with an old timey Windows feel. However the support is mediocre so test the distro in live mode extensively. Other than that it is a viable option for those also looking at LXLE, albeit heavier.

Puppy distros are also a great choices,friendly as can be with great support and very light and extremely fast.

In conclusion it appears LXLE is dead but fortunately Bodhi has adroitly stepped into the breach left by LXLE's demise with the Bodhi application distro coming just as light, and just as fast (if not faster) than LXLE,. Puppy and Q4OS are also great choices with Puppy the lighter and faster of the two.

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Version: Focal
Rating: 8
Date: 2023-10-17
Votes: 1

I just discovered LXLE and am running the latest Focal on a variety of relatively *new* hardware like the typical "hockey puck" Atom / Celeron boxes with 2 to 6 GB of ram and am quite pleased with performance. Brought back life to two older ChromeBox computers that went EOL, and am running LXLE in developer mode with it.

LXLE to me is a very "clean" respin, applications and utilites well-chosen and useful. A few tweaks with additions and deletions with Synaptic, and I made it mine. The "vibe" of the artfully tweaked desktop makes it a joy to use, and not just a sterile desktop - however it never goes over the top to become frilly. Kudos to the developer(s) and community.

I REALLY appreciated the use of timeouts in the boot menu of the live iso, since the Chromebox's keyboard does not wake up until AFTER the boot process, so some other distros left me sitting forever at a frozen boot menu were impossible to install. With LXLE, boot proceeded into the live environment afer timeout, and then could install from within the live environment itself.

Be sure to read the MUST-READ on the desktop, which basically states that installation on a drive should take place *without* a network connection, and after a successful install, go ahead and attach your network to avoid issues. I read that, and had zero problems installing to all my little boxes. Performed about a years worth of automated security and other updates with the included script, and all went just fine - although sure, I could apt update and apt upgrade manually like any Debian nerd could. :)

So don't be fooled - LXLE isn't just for old hardware. New(ish) hardware that are low-spec benefit quite well.

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Version: Focal
Rating: 2
Date: 2023-10-08
Votes: 5

LXLE appears abandoned. I was able to download LXLE and run it in live mode but was unable to activate my forum membership due to a failure in their registration process. When reviewing the forum it appears there has been no activity in a very long time for a distro.

After reading the reviews at Distrowatch I look into the direction LXLE's antecedent distro, Lubuntu and see, as
others noted it changed its focus and no longer caters to old hardware which might have had major impacts on LXLE's ability to fulfill its mission.

As to LXLE itself, it is very light RAM-wise for a fully loaded distro and surprisingly nimble but subject to freezes
not only when running a browser but run basic office apps. The former is common and usually associated with hardware acceleration or RAM usage, but in LXLE's case RAM did not appear to be the issue, hence the want for a support forum and the disappointment that support appears to have gone away now.

I should note the only other distro I had similar freezing issues with was Elive. In particular upsteam Lubuntu and Ubuntu exhibited no freezing issues on the same hardware as LXLE so the issue seems likely to be LXLE itself.

LXLE is well appointed out of the box and a user can be up and running quickly, the trouble is in keeping LXLE from freezing and crashing so it remains up.

Given the nebulous state of LXLE I would suggest looking for alternatives. Puppy is a fine choice for home use,even for novices, due to its friendly support, for those who need a light yet loaded distro. Bodhi is a great choice for the technically astute who know what apps they want to run. And if you don't mind doing some reading Porteus is a great, light choice as is Slackware and Slax.

Given the uncertainty of support and the uncertainty of LXLE's future I cannot recommend LXLE.

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