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 Qt5, 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)
While LXQt will not be used by default on Lubuntu 14.04 due to the fact that the porting process will not be ready until the release of the next Lubuntu system, the new desktop environment can be tested on Lubuntu 14.04 and Lubuntu 13.10. Also, if you want to test LXQt, you could try Siduction, a system based on Debian Unstable using LXQT as default.
In this article I will show you how to install LXQt 0.7.0 on Fedora 20 and OpenSUSE 13.1 systems.
Because it is available via some third party repository, installing LXQt on Fedora 20 and OpenSUSE 13.1 is easy. Follow the below instructions exactly, in order to get a successful installation.
How to install LXQt 0.7.0 on Fedora 20 systems:
$ sudo yum install wget libstatgrab
$ sudo wget download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/lxde:/lxqt:/fedora/Fedora_20/X11:lxde:lxqt:fedora.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/lxqt.repo
$ sudo yum remove lxde*
$ sudo yum update
$ sudo yum install lxqt* -x lxqt-*-debuginfo --disablerepo=fedora
How to install LXQt 0.7.0 on OpenSUSE 13.1 systems:
$ zypper addrepo -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/lxde:/lxqt/openSUSE_13.1/ LXDE-QT.repo
$ sudo zypper remove lxde*
$ sudo zypper refresh
$ sudo zypper install -t pattern lxde-qt