Roadmap for Lubuntu

Jonathan Nadeau j.nadeau at
Fri Apr 26 01:30:41 UTC 2013

I third Fernando's suggestion for accessibility both he and I are blind 
GNU/Linux users and would love to see Lubuntu accessible. I've done a 
lot of work with it and have most of it accessible. The only problem I 
have right now is making the panel accessible to the Orca screen reader. 
There aren't a lot of changes that  need to be made to get it as 
accessible as I have it now. I would like to put off the Razor QT 
desktop for a while. I have tested it and it is some what accessible but 
needs a lot of work. I think in the next year it can improve greatly. At 
some point if anyone wants to know what i did to get lubuntu accessible 
let me know and we can talk. Thanks for all of your hard work on this 

    On 04/25/2013 08:49 PM, Phill Whiteside wrote:
> Hi Boss,
> we did discuss, and finally went with a new desktop system once 
> before. Provided, as then, we have a Plan 'B' (which we used), I'm 
> sure none of the testers will have issues. (Well, they can scream at me! )
> As one of the comments here has said. You fully know that one of my 
> goals is for lubuntu to have full accessibility 'out of the box'. 
> People needing accessibility are so often forgotten, or needing 
> specifications of machines far beyond their budgets.
> The 'older, older' computers may not be around in 2017 if we do make 
> an LTS 14.04 which still supports them, let's ensure that these people 
> know that they will not be abandoned.
> Documentation on the CD... A whole new can of worms... how much room 
> is spare on the CD and how many languages can we have it translated 
> into? It is obviously possible and I look forward to discussing that 
> further.
> But?..... Go For It !!!!
> Regards,
> Phill.
> On 26 April 2013 00:52, Julien Lavergne <gilir at 
> <mailto:gilir at>> 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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