[lubuntu-devel] Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS has been released!

Simon Quigley tsimonq2 at ubuntu.com
Thu Aug 3 21:00:06 UTC 2017

Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, we are pleased to
announce that Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS has been released!


Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor based on the Lightweight X11
Desktop Environment (LXDE). The project’s goal is to provide a
lightweight yet functional distribution. Lubuntu specifically targets
older machines with lower resources, but also runs great on newer
hardware. Along with a simple but usuable graphical user interface,
Lubuntu comes with a wide variety of applications chosen for their small
footprint so you can browse, email, chat, play, and be productive.


Lubuntu 16.04.3 is a set of images produced for convenience so that a
fresh install of the latest Lubuntu LTS does not require as many updates
after install (as Lubuntu continues to release Stable Release Updates
and security fixes to make your experience as smooth as possible and to
fix any bugs, if you want to help us out with this, see below, we always
need more help), but is not a new major release of Lubuntu in and of
itself. If you do system updates regularly, you are already running
Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, and if you install Lubuntu on a system using a
Lubuntu 16.04.2 LTS image or a previous point release and do system
updates, that system will then be running Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS.


On the Ubuntu cdimage server[1], we have images for the following

-   amd64 (commonly referred to as 64-bit)
-   i386 (commonly referred to as 32-bit)

The release notes[2] are here if you wish to read them. We have left out
some notes that are common to all flavors, so read the Ubuntu release
notes[3] if you wish.

This release does NOT include PowerPC, although users of the PowerPC
platform can still receive updates. This is due to the fact that PowerPC
users would be left with an unsupported kernel because PowerPC is no
longer supported in the non-LTS releases.


Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for
all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule
of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old.

*Memory (RAM)*

For advanced internet services like Google+, YouTube, Google Drive, and
Facebook, your computer needs at least 1 GB of RAM.

For local programs like LibreOffice and simple browsing habits, your
computer needs at least 512 MB of RAM.

*Processor (CPU)*

The minimum specification for CPU is Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8.
Older processors are too slow and the AMD K7 has problems with Flash video.


To see the list of known bugs, please take a look at our release notes[2].


Our support channel is #lubuntu on freenode IRC. If you don't have an
IRC client, click the link below[4], type in a nickname, press start,
state your question and press Enter to speak. Please be patient as we
have a limited amount of people in this channel, and people are not
always online. We also have the lubuntu-users mailing list if you do not
get a response on IRC. You do not need to subscribe to the mailing list
to ask a question, you can just send an email to lubuntu-users AT lists
DOT ubuntu DOT com.


We always need more help! If you would like to contribute your time to
helping Lubuntu, head over to our Getting Involved page[5]. We need help
with Reporting bugs, Translations, Tests/QA, Code and patches, Artwork,
Documentation, and Marketing/Press. If you have any questions about
contributing, please join #lubuntu-devel on freenode or email the
lubuntu-devel mailing list[6] at lubuntu-devel AT lists DOT ubuntu DOT
com. You can also join our new Telegram group[7], which is bridged to
the #lubuntu-devel channel on IRC.

[1] http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/16.04/release/
[2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu
[3] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/XenialXerus/ReleaseNotes
[4] https://kiwiirc.com/client/irc.freenode.net/#lubuntu
[5] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/GettingInvolved
[6] https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/lubuntu-devel
[7] https://t.me/lubuntudevel

On behalf of the Lubuntu Release Team,
Simon Quigley

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