I could not agree more with
thetick. But, I do not have sufficient right anymore to comment too much on either Ubuntu or Lubuntu. Seems his message is almost the announcement of doing a runner.
I’ve been there already. Tomorrow will be exactly the hundredth day that neither my desktop PC or walk-around-laptop is running Lubuntu.
I am not a big fan of the current Ubuntu desktop, but Lubuntu (and its underlying Ubuntu-OS) is an excellent LXQt-distribution. I have been using Ubuntu since Maverick Meerkat (10.10) before I switched to Lubuntu (since 13.04).
Basically, not being too keen on snaps from a programmers and/or architectural point of view, last falI I’ve decided to look for alternative distros without Firefox and Thunderbird baked in as snaps, to name a few important ones. I had more snaps, and I never liked the snap technology. For the rest, Lubuntu has been perfect for me. So, I have been doing some looking around, just in case. I could write a very long story about the why, but I will not do that here.
The first alternative that suit my needs well (as well as Lubuntu did) is
Debian 12/LXQt. No snaps. A second alternative that suits my needs as well is
EndeavourOS/LXQt. No snaps.
Different systems. Both feel well. Since all my data lives in the cloud, or on disks that are not the same as the disk where the OS is running from, I’ve learned how easy I can switch from one working system to another freshly installed working system without data loss, or the risk of data loss. Usually in about thirty - forty minutes (including swapping Firefox and Thunderbird profiles). My beloved LXQt runs on many Linux variants. Maybe not as polished as on Lubuntu, but nice enough.
Hey, I can’t believe I’m typing this (too, sic) but even
Fedora/LXQt might be my companion for a while in the future.
Why not? A few glances on the “apt-dnf-pacman-comparison-cheatsheet”…and I will feel myself at home again at the various OS-es, rapidly
Tomorrow I will sit down on my hands a while, before I count to one-hundred. One-hundred-days-without-Lubuntu, but until now not without LXQt. Did I make the correct decision?
I’ve made another interesting discovery: until a few months ago my hardware was rather spartan. After an upgrade (to another budget laptop - 200 Euro, 2 cores, 4 GB ) It turns out that I am now able to run
KDE Plasma rather well.
I can’t believe I’m typing this, but besides running smoothly, the latest Plasma desktop experience is rather nice. I am not looking for UI-consistency within every application (KDE offers many I will never use), but the overall Plasma experience is OK (certainly when using
Final words: the underlying OS (for me that will be limited to Debian/Ubuntu, Arch/EndeavourOS, and maybe even RHEL/Fedora or Gentoo) is not really that important anymore for me (or any average computer user I guess).
The rest is like biology. Some important existing desktop metaphors are getting unified more and more, others diversify. Some desktop implementations unify, others diversify. It is an evolutionary process.
As being an opportunistic prick, I cherry pick the best from all. For instance, I can only be productive on Plasma (or any desktop) with PCManFM-Qt and Qterminal. I don’t like the Gnome Desktop as a whole, but some of their applets or apps are great.
So, where does this all boil down. Great things I love from LXQt:
- great and easy to configure panel application
- excellent terminal program
- superb file explorer
- good enough sound mixer application
- and many small things
I have stopped using you Lubuntu, but I will continue looking at you! It was a pleasure using your system. I’ve seen you and LXDE / LXQt evolve to a very nice product.
Team, keep up the good work, and please, please, surprise me again in the future. Most likely in a parallel desktop universe!!