Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, as known as LXDE, is a project launched in 2006 aimed to provide a modern lightweight desktop environment for X11.
It tries hard to get maximal usability from minimal resource usage, and provide a usable desktop for low end machines.
It's less known, but it's absolutely worth trying, especially when today's desktop environments are getting more and more bloated. In most cases, LXDE is lighter and even a little bit faster than XFCE.
Project page: http://lxde.sourceforge.net/
Video - LXDE on EeePC (much faster then the built-in Xandros system):
Add this apt repo to your /etc/apt/sources.list, or add this via Synaptic:
If you are using Gutsy, use this unofficial repo. (The packages here are out of date)
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/lxde/ubuntu hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/lxde/ubuntu hardy main
Then, you can get the basic LXDE desktop with this apt-get.
deb http://people.linux.org.tw/~pcman/ubuntu ./
After the installation, you can login to LXDE by choosing it from gdm.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lxde
This apt repo is maintained by LXDE developers. It only contains the most basic components of LXDE. More applications will be available via this repo after more testing is finished.
To see what LXDE looks like, here is the screenshots.
The Whole Desktop - Simple, Fast, and Elegant
Easy & Fast File Management with PCManFM
LXPanel Provides Everything You Expect For A Desktop Panel
The panel can be configured from GUI preference dialog, and there is no need to edit config files
We also provides a "Run" dialog with autocompletion in the panel
You can open this dialog with while lxpanel is running.
Fast and Easy Image Viewing with GPicView
To see more screenshots, go to our project page please.