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Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 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.

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Average visitor rating: 8.16/10 from 38 review(s).

LXLE Summary
Distribution LXLE
Home Page http://www.lxle.net/
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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
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Version: Focal
Rating: 8
Date: 2024-06-29
Votes: 6

This is a good distro to use on those PCs that are too slow to do well with Lubuntu, Xubuntu and other lightweight distros that simply aren't light enough to function well. I have it on a couple laptops over 10 years old that are too slow for the other full desktops out there, including Lubuntu/LXDE. I was disappointed to see Ubuntu stop making an LXDE spin of some kind, even if they felt they needed to move Lubuntu to LXDE. LXQT is no replacement for LXDE, but another competitor for XFCE. LXDE remains unique its its space at the low end, so its unfortunate that there are so few distros aimed at the non-technical user that have it pre-installed. I understand that LXDE was itself abandoned for a while, but that situation has reportedly been corrected in recent months.

LXLE was one of the few to have LXDE pre-installed, but as others have pointed out, this distro appears to be either dormant or abandoned based on the lack of activity on their website. There's been no update coinciding with the release of Ubuntu 22.04. However, the previously released version of LXLE can be manually updated to Ubuntu 22.04. First you need to make sure LXDE, the "metapackage for LXDE" was installed beforehand, using the Synaptic Package Manager. LXLE did not have this previously installed, but I was thinking it might help avoid a situation where the upgrade breaks the the distro and it seemed to work well enough. LXDE-Common and LXLE-Core were already selected by LXLE.

In the Sakura terminal, I then did a "sudo do-release-upgrade" command to start the upgrade process. It took a few hours and asked me several times to confirm if I wanted to replace some default files with the package manager's version, which I accepted with a "y". I kept none of the originals. In the process, it temporarily disables the set of ppa repositories that LXLE had pre-installed that are managed by people other than the LXLE maintainers. After the upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 "Jammy" is completed, I used LXLE's "Y PPA Manager" app to "Update release name in working PPAs" to change them from focal to jammy. Then I rebooted the PC. Then I had the same app "Re-enable working PPAs after Ubuntu upgrade." After it completed, I went into the Sakura terminal to do another update with a "sudo apt update" and then "sudo apt full-upgrade" commands. After this, I rebooted the PC again and the upgrade was done.

While the maintainers have abandoned it, its still in a usable and upgradeable state with the latest Ubuntu LTS, so it's still not a bad option if you're willing to do a little manual maintenance work on occasion.

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Version: 16.04.4
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-02-18
Votes: 10

After trying out a multitude of Linux OSs over the years, I finally settled for Lxle 16.04 as my go-to OS and installed it on 3 old laptops which I've since sold on some while back.

It reminds me of Windows XP. Easy to get up and running and it connected to my Wi=Fi without any hiccups.

i am considering installing the latest Lxle on my old refurbished MacBook because High Sierra OS, I believe, is no longer supported and my MacBook's processor is too old to upgrade to the latest MacOS version.

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Version: Focal
Rating: 5
Date: 2023-10-27
Votes: 34

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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