Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the LXDE developers have started the porting of their LXDE desktop environment to Qt, the new project being called LXQt. While LXDE is based on GTK+2, the developers have decided to port LXDE on Qt, instead of GTK+3. The latest version available is LXQt 0.7.0.
The LXDE developers have also posted an article giving RAM consumption numbers of XFCE, LXDE and LXQt, all this systems running on a virtual Debian Testing system with 512 MB of RAM and a single core processor:
- XFCE: 89 MB (with default configuration of Debian. This value will increase after xfce is ported to gtk+ 3)
- LXDE (gtk+ 2 version): 78 MB (add 20 MB to openbox)
- LXQt: 95 MB (add 37 MB to openbox, still has some room for optimization)
The LXQt developers have announced that the current LXQt version is the first one that can be compiled against Qt5, meaning that the desktop environment is closer to getting Wayland support.
The first Linux system that uses LXQt (still under development) as the default desktop environment is Siduction, a system based on Debian Unstable.
Also, if you want to try LXQt, follow the installation instructions for your favorite Linux system:
- How to install LXQt on Ubuntu 14.04
- How to install LXQt on Arch Linux
- How to install LXQt on Fedora 20 and OpenSUSE 13.1