[lubuntu-devel] full steam ahead with LXQt

Walter Lapchynski wxl at ubuntu.com
Sun May 20 17:13:01 UTC 2018

As I'm sure you've [heard][1], Lubuntu has officially gone LXQt for this
current development cycle. That said, we've been working really hard on
setting up all the right infrastructure and ironing out the bugs. If
you're interested in helping out, there is most certainly a place for
you. I encourage you to join us on #lubuntu-devel on Freenode [IRC][2].
Also, we've been using our [Phabricator instance][3] to track most of
the big issues of concern and the discussion surrounding them, so you'll
certainly want an account there. We've also got our bot lugito in IRC
[mentioning tasks][4] in the channel, so that's a good way to keep up on

That said, I do want to point out that the Lubuntu Next project is
deprecated. This project was never entirely meant to be a released image
and the images that were released were only alphas/betas and should be
considered unsupported. There is no longer a way to file a bug against
Lubuntu Next. Any bug that mentions Lubuntu Next will probably be marked
incomplete until it can be confirmed against Lubuntu Cosmic. That said,
those Lubuntu Next images from Bionic are not a suitable bed for

The other thing I'd like to direction everyone's attention at is our
installer, [Calamares][5]. That's right, we're ditching Ubiquity. In
fact, we might not be the only ones as Mark Shuttleworth himself is
suggesting moving to some [Eletron-based monstrosity][6]. Ubuntu Budgie
and Kubuntu both have interest in joining us in Calamares, so we won't
be alone, but I think we're driving a lot of activity. Please keep a
careful eye out for any bugs or omissions, especially in documentation.

A general reminder: bugs should be filed against the application causing
the problem. For things like, e.g. 2048-qt, this should be pretty
obvious. For LX stuff you have (primarily):
   * lxqt-admin
   * lxqt-config
   * lxqt-panel
   * pcmanfm-qt (File Manager and Desktop)
   * openbox (Window Manager)
   * lxqt-session (ties all the above together)
And for things that are specific to Lubuntu:
   * lubuntu-default-settings
   * lubuntu-artwork
   * lubuntu-meta
You should use lubuntu-meta if a particular package that should be
pulled in isn't being or if you find a bug that you don't know where to
file it.

In every case, make sure ~lubuntu-packaging (Lubuntu Packages Team) is
subscribed to every bug.

And finally: I don't know why I've been seeing so many bugs against
Lubuntu Artwork lately, but please don't file them there if they're not
about artwork.

Though [Softpedia said][7] Cosmic is "so good that it could be released
to the masses tomorrow," I look forward to making an even more
exceptional Cosmic release with all of you lovely people especially
given [LXQt 0.13 is on the horizon][8].


[1]: https://lubuntu.me/this-week-in-lubuntu-development-5/
[2]: https://lubuntu.me/links/
[3]: https://phab.lubuntu.me/
[4]: https://phab.lubuntu.me/T31#704
[5]: https://calamares.io/
[8]: https://phab.lubuntu.me/T38

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