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LXDE - Lightweight X Desktop Environment

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LXDE - Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. This project aimed to provide a new desktop environment which is useful enough and keep resource usage lower at the same time. Useabiliy, speed, and memory usage are our main concern. Suitable for netbooks.

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ease 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 3 / 5
features 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 3 / 5
design 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 3 / 5
support 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 2 / 5
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  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Thanks a lot.

    Posted 06/10/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    One of the best desktops, for new GNU+Linux users and for the old-ones who doesn't like the desktop to distract your resources or attention.

    Posted 10/14/2014
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Before I start the review, I have one request for the makers of this Desktop Environment. Could you consider using IceWM as the default Window Manager, as it is very lightweight, but is more themable than Openbox, and is using GTK 1 as the toolkit. I have a bad time getting anything better than XFCE on some old Pentium 2s (Yes, Penrium 2s), and XFCE just consumes more ram than I have on hand, so I gave LXDE a shot and... it was like the machines were actually meant to be used as desktops. The Desktop Environment contains some key Applications, like a picture viewer, a calculator, a text editor, and even a dedicated terminal emulator! The theming is good for a simple and distraction-free look and feel, though (As mentioned in the above paragraph) I went out of my way to set IceWM as the default Window Manager to get some better themes than what Openbox allowed. For the usability, it's very possible for anyone with experience with Windows XP to just sit down and use it with complete ease. The panel customizability is not really as good as it should be (Like having text next to the Menu Button.), but it's still better than what Gnome 3 has to offer. As for support, I dunno. In total, it's great as a way to make an old computer (Like my old Mac G3 B/W with 512 MB ram and a shoddy ATI Rage 128 Pro graphics card.) look and run like any other, just change the Window Manager to IceWM, m'kay? :)

    Posted 12/02/2013
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Thanks for Lxde, it's excellent!

    Posted 05/27/2013
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Thanks so much to all who have worked on LXDE! I installed it yesterday on my old Samsung N130 netbook which I'm forced to use after my laptop didn't survive the last fall. LXDE is so amazingly fast, it is so pleasant to use: the apps load quickly, switching between them feels instant, it took away all the frustration of having to wait for things constantly as with the default Ubuntu/Unity desktop. And Eclipse, which was literally crawling before, works pretty fast as well, something I wouldn't have said about my relatively powerful workplace PCs. Obviously, I did take care not to overload the netbook with stuff, but it seems that LXDE frees up enough of my 1Gb RAM to make all this possible. And it looks nice as well. I really recommend LXDE to anyone who wants a more responsive desktop environment.

    Posted 05/18/2013
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English, Chinese (Traditional)

Intended Audience

Advanced End Users, Developers, End Users/Desktop

User Interface

X Window System (X11), GTK+

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