Right after the announcement for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), Mario Behling proudly announced last night (April 28th) that Julien Lavergne has released the lightweight Lubuntu 11.04 operating system.
Lubuntu 11.04 is, of course, based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment and Ubuntu 11.04, with the PCManFM 0.9.8 as the default file manager, LXDM as the default display manager, and Chromium as the default web browser.
"Lubuntu is actually not part of the Ubuntu family, and not build with the current Ubuntu infrastructure. This release is considered as a «stable beta», a result that could be a final and stable release if we were included in the Ubuntu family." - said the developer in the release announcement.
Highlights of Lubuntu 11.04:
· Based on Ubuntu 11.04;
· PCManFM 0.9.8;
· Added Audacious as the default music player, replacing Aqualung;
· Added File-Roller as the default archiver, replacing Xarchiver;
· Added gUVCView for webcam support, replacing Cheese;
· Added Gucharmap;
· Added Lxkeymap;
· Added various documentation;
· Removed HAL from the system;
· New default theme created by Raphael Laguna;
· Lxrandr can now save the configuration;
· Lxappareance can now configure the font antialiasing and openbox;
· Users can now configure the number of workspaces via obconf;
· Ubiquity installer was updated to support installation of Lubuntu (layout and screenshots) and autologin configuration;
· The desktop icons are now movable;
· Reimplemented fake transparency;
· Ubuntu font is now used by default;
· Updated the boot theme;
· Correctly translated menus;
· Added Preference and Administration sub-menus in the menus;
· Lubuntu session layout can now be changed with Lxkeymap;
· Fixed a critical crash on kvm/qemu (thanks to the Fedora developers);
· Up-to-date translations;
· Up-to-date LXDE desktop environment.
The Lubuntu project started in March 2009, with the purpose of creating a lighter and less resource demanding alternative to the Ubuntu operating system, using the LXDE desktop environment. It's designed to be an easy-to-use and lightweight desktop operating system.
Download Lubuntu 11.04 right now from Softpedia.