What is it?

LXLE is based on Lubuntu which is an Ubuntu OS using the LXDE desktop environment. It is designed to be a drop-in and go OS, primarily for aging computers. Its intention is to be able to install it on any computer and be relatively done after install. At times removing unwanted programs or features is easier than configuring for a day. Our distro follows the same LTS schedule as Ubuntu. In short, LXLE is an eclectic respin of Lubuntu with its own user support.

What is a Respin?

A respin is a remastered version of a major Linux distro tailored for a specific purpose or group.

OS Philosophy

  • Stick with LTS only releases of Ubuntu to ensure hardware & software support.
  • Based on Lubuntu Linux to ensure a fast capable desktop for aging computers.
  • Keep desktop and other major software updated to the latest stable version.
  • Provide a complete drop in and go replacement for XP, Vista, 7 Starter/Basic.
  • Cover most users everyday needs by providing an excellent set of default apps.
  • Add useful necessary mods and tweaks, to improve performance & functions.
  • Develop a beautiful modern looking intuitive desktop for anyone to use easily.
  • Save system resources and spend them wisely on capable, feature rich apps.

Videos & Reviews

Development Cycle

  • Our development cycle is quite simple. We stick with LTS releases of Ubuntu/Lubuntu.
  • For us, our new versions of LXLE correspond with the updates provided to the LTS release.
  • In other words, our versions between LTS releases are the 6 month incremental updates.
  • Example: LXLE 12.04.1,  12.04.2,  12.04.3,  12.04.4,  etc

OS Clarification

Minimal and lightweight seem to become intertwined when speaking of an operating system for aging computers, aka lightweight systems. It's important to note that ISO file size has little to do with an operating system being lightweight as opposed to being a minimal install OS.

Lightweight simply refers to the amount of system resources needed for the system to operate. A minimal system is much more about ISO file size as it tends to have very few programs installed by default, which in turn makes it minimal. It's often true that many lightweight operating systems are also minimal. LXLE does not strive to be a minimal OS, yet lightweight is something the distribution tries very hard to ensure.

What others are saying

Brilliant. Installed LXLE on my daughter's netbook (in place of 7 starter) and it runs like a dream. Thanks for all the work that's gone into this. This will become more and more important as XP dies. ~Phil Wade