As we told you in Ubunlog before New Year’s Day, the official and other unofficial flavors based on Ubuntu were going to start releasing the first Alpha versions of their operating systems. Although, of course, the holidays made the developers relax a bit, which also happened to the editors of many blogs. Now that the Christmas holidays are over, we are back to the limit and we have started to inform you about everything related to Ubuntu. After the news that my colleague Joaquin wrote reporting that Linux Mint 17.3 is now available for all versions, it’s time for a news about Ubuntu.
Last Monday, January 4, the first version of Lubuntu 16.04 was released, a release that reaches the Alpha 1 Milestone phase. In any case, right now it has been a disappointment for many users as it is based on GTK LXDE and not LXQt, the new desktop written in Qt that combines the best of LXDE and Razor-qt. LXQt has been released on other systems successfully and uses Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5, but will not arrive, except for major surprise, on Lubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.
The bad news came in the notes of the Lubuntu Xenial Alpha 1 version, which states that “LXQt is still in development and Xenial Xerus will be based on GTK«. If you are curious and want to try out the LXQt graphical environment, there are distributions like Mageia who use it, but I am in favor of using the most supported versions of Linux, as is the case with Ubuntu, its official flavors, and the most famous Canonical system-based versions.
2016 will be a very important year for Ubuntu and all the systems that are based on it, but this first news about Lubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus is not the best of all. In any case, we will still have to wait until April for the final versions of each system to arrive for an opinion.