Roadmap for Lubuntu

Jackson Doak doak.jackson at
Fri Apr 26 00:33:44 UTC 2013

i second fernando's suggestion

On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM, Fernando Botelho <
fernando.botelho at> wrote:

> Julien,
> I like everything you brought up. Can we add accessibility to the core
> objectives?
> I can bring testers, translators, and even coders to help. I just need to
> know that we can include the approximate 15% of the world population that
> has some kind of disability.
> Thanks,
> Fernando
> On 04/25/2013 08:52 PM, Julien Lavergne wrote:
>> Hi,
>> First and following Phill, I want to thank you all for this 13.04
>> release. Releases after releases, it seems to go smoother than the
>> last one :-)
>> However, it's time to think about the future. During the last cycle,
>> there were a lot of news from Canonical about the future of Ubuntu.
>> Lubuntu is part of the family, so every big changes in Ubuntu affect
>> Lubuntu. However, and I want to make it clear for anyone : Lubuntu is
>> a community project, with its own release schedules, its own choices …
>> That's said, let's go with some ideas :-) What I'm going to say, it's
>> a very long proposal, open for discussions. But discussions mean
>> arguments if you have another opinion ;-)
>> Next steps are 13.10, and 14.04 which should be a LTS version for
>> Ubuntu. Last LTS (12.04), I considered that we were not ready for such
>> commitment. I was also unsure of the work needed to make a good LTS.
>> With more experience, I have now a better vision of this goal.
>> So, let's make it simple, I would like Lubuntu 14.04 to be a LTS version.
>> But claiming we want a LTS its' not enough. First, we need to make it
>> stable enough, so we can safely claim it's a LTS, because people who
>> install a LTS want a stable system. But, I also would like to make it
>> sexy enough to be proud of it, to make people happy to recommend it. I
>> would like to make it THE release of Lubuntu, the reference of all
>> Lubuntu releases. To achieve it, I have several goals in mind, items
>> that I consider we need to finish for the LTS, and I think we can
>> finish them :
>> - Finish lxsession, to make the system fully customizable and able to
>> run minimal set of applications by default (I'll talk about it later,
>> when you will be able to test it properly).
>> - Fully translatable : it's vital to make it available in a maximum of
>> languages
>> - Artwork : finish the icon theme for a GTK environment, finish the
>> other pieces of the artwork and its integration, to make Lubuntu even
>> more beautiful
>> Another item I would like to add, but I'm not sure we will be able to
>> make it, it's an off-line documentation, or a nice manual.
>> Of course, we need also the usual bug fixes and small improvements
>> everywhere, but the main focus should be on those topics.
>> Also, soon we will need to decide which applications we want in this
>> LTS. We should do it in an other discussion, but it's the right time
>> to do big changes if we consider they are good.
>> Considering all the big changes which may happen for 13.10, I'm also
>> thinking of the possibility to not do a proper 13.10 release,
>> depending of the state of 13.10 after all the big structural changes,
>> and near feature freeze. Again, it can be reconsidered in due time,
>> but we may keep this in mind. I'm prepared to drop 1 release if we can
>> do a very good 14.04 LTS.
>> And after 14.04 ?
>> Well, you probably know that Canonical is pushing for a Qt switch over
>> GTK, but also by changing it's display manager (MIR). You may know
>> also that LXDE is thinking about switching to Qt too, by joining
>> forces with Razor-qt desktop environment. All those changes may be an
>> opportunity to start another adventure, using Razor-qt as a base. It's
>> also a reason to release 14.04 as a LTS, because it could be the final
>> release with LXDE and GTK.  We will also be free to make very big
>> changes for 14.10, because we know we have a LTS behind to recommend,
>> for a long time.
>> To prepare this, I'll also work on a specific session (call QLubuntu,
>> pronounce it “Cute Lubuntu” ;-)), to test during 13.10 and 14.04, if
>> the option to go with Qt is possible.
>> So, what do you think about it ? :-)
>> Regards,
>> Julien Lavergne
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