Introducing LXDE

LXDE is probably the newest desktop environment on Linux. It’s just released on the 20th of April. LXDE stands for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment and it aims for a lightweight desktop environment running on old machines with great interface.

Its website is found here.

LXDE Start Banner

Even though LXDE is quite new, already 10 distributions are running it!!

This includes:

  • PUD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu-based installable live cd with LXDE
  • TinyMe, PCLinuxOS-based tiny distro using some components of LXDE
  • Slitaz, Extremely small live cd using most of the components of LXDE
  • Greenie, Ubuntu-based OS with LXDE and GNOME desktop enviroments
  • Ubuntulite, Member of Ubuntu Derivatives featuring LXDE
  • Vectorlinux LITE, VectorLinux LITE edition
  • Myah OS 3.0 Box edition, LXDE flavor of Myah OS
  • gOS 3.0 , Linux with Google gadgets and LXDE components
  • Zenwalk 3.0, multi-purpose Linux with LXDE components.
  • Mandriva, a popularly known distribution, just released LXDE version on the 2009.0 release. Also has GNOME and KDE.

Components: LXDE aims for easy to use, simple navigation.

  • PCMan File Manager
  • LXLauncher, easy-mode application launcher
  • LXPanel, desktop panel
  • LXSession, session manager
  • LXAppearance, theme switcher
  • leafpad, text editor
  • Xarchiver, archiving
  • GPicView, image viewer
  • LXTerminal, terminal emulator
  • LXTask, task manager
  • LXNM, lightweight network connection helper daemon for LXDE supporting wireless connections (Linux-only)
  • Openbox, window manager

Applications: Here are list of defualt applictions on LXDE.

  • OpenOffice.org
  • Skype
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Pidgin
  • Synaptic
  • Audacity
  • SMPlayer

Screenshots:

LXDE Desktop

LXDE Desktop

Easy & Fast File Management with PCManFM

Easy & Fast File Management with PCManFM

PCManFM - PCMan File Manager

PCManFM – PCMan File Manager

LXPanel

LXPanel

LXpanel - Preferences

LXpanel – Preferences

LXpanel - Autocompletion

LXpanel – Autocompletion

GPicView - Fast and Easy Image Viewing

GPicView – Fast and Easy Image Viewing

LXAppearance - Change Look & Feel

LXAppearance – Change Look & Feel

LXTask - Task Manager

LXTask – Task Manager

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2 Responses to Introducing LXDE

  1. gentoopebble says:

    I have just heard about LXDE, thanks for giving me the full report! I have a pretty good idea if I would actually run this DE or not. Is it weird that the task manager is probably my favorite LXDE component?

  2. translxp says:

    Well, it’s designed for lightweightness

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