First I would like to say that this release would not have been possible without the excellent user community effort that arrived to help by lending their time and knowledge, after the very bumpy beta debut. Thanks to all of you.
Team members also deserve recognition for tolerating difficulties with the beta and internal frustrations that needed to be addressed. Kudos. Now on with the release notes.
- LXLE acronym change, originally 'Lubuntu eXtra Life Extension' which made sense before Lubuntu had an official LTS release, since 14.04 however, LXLE will now adopt the nomenclature 'LXDE eXtra Luxury Edition' and we think this release doubles down on that.
- To better support 32bit hardware we updated 12.04.4 to be virtually identical to LXLE 14.04 64bit release including features, updated software and system components.
- PCManFM additions such as open directories and text as root, create shortcuts, rename base icon names, copy to folder, right click desktop trash to empty, etc provided by MadeBits.
- Launch (Fehlstart), Run (Gexec), and Terminal (RoxTerm) all have hotkeys enabled to open them using the keyboard for faster access.
- All desktop paradigms have been updated and are accessible at login as a session using the drop-down menu, this includes XP, Gnome 2, OS X, Unity and Netbook.
- Software additions and replacements have been addressed in both releases equally.
- File Roller swapped for xArchiver, less dependencies and fast. Education gained Anki (study/memory) and Marble (globe). Games section slimmed to maintain ISO file size.
- Gpicview was replaced by Mirage to offer more features like cropping, resizing, etc, to avoid always using Gimp.
- Bittorrent Sync replaces the now defunct Ubuntu One for file syncing and sharing among multiple platforms without the need for the 'cloud'.
- Gitso was chosen to provide better remote support and Flush was dropped in favor of Transmission for torrents (upnp issues).
- Arista transcoder replaced Winff to provide easier video conversions and XFburn takes over for Brasero, an ISO file size decision AS opposed to 'better'.
- Monitor settings was replaced with Arandr to provide support for multiple monitors. Gigolo stepped in for Samba Client to provide an easier interface for managing networks.
- Universal Access Tools was added for a multitude of reasons with such programs as Florence Virtual Keyboard, GeSpeaker and xZoom. Also included are right handed and left handed cursor themes of various sizes.
Team favorite additions include updated panel trash, brightness controls for stubborn laptops, trash and battery reported via Conky , utilization of PCManFM's built in 'App Finder', and TLP power management enabled by default.