Lubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Released
Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor which uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE). The project’s goal is to provide a lightweight yet functional Linux distribution based on a rock solid Ubuntu base. Lubuntu specifically targets older machines with lower resources, but also runs great on newer hardware. Along with a simple but usable graphical user interface, Lubuntu comes with a wide variety of applications chosen for their small footprint so you can browse, email, chat, play, and be productive.
Where can I download it?
You can download Lubuntu 18.04 LTS on our downloads page.
This announcement on our official website (Lubuntu.me, NOT Lubuntu.net, which is not run by Lubuntu contributors) replaces the traditional release notes we have provided in the past on the wiki. We have left out some notes that are common to all flavors, so we recommend that you read the Ubuntu release notes.
Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them. Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old (although some older computers are known to work as well).
- Memory (RAM): Your computer needs at minimum 1 GB of RAM to use Lubuntu, but we recommend 2 GB or more for better performance (with web-based applications).
- Processor (CPU): You should have (at minimum) a Pentium 4, Pentium M, or AMD K8 CPU.1
How do I get support?
You can get support for Lubuntu here.
If you would like commercial support, or more support than is provided on that page (for a low price), contact Simon Quigleyand we can discuss options. Please note that this is not provided by Canonical.
How do I help?
We always need more help! Feel free to join our development channel (which is bridged three ways to Matrix, Telegram, and IRC) and talk to us there. Whether you know another language, have some spare time to help us test Lubuntu, are good at writing documentation, or just want to stay “in the know,” that is the place to be.
Otherwise, we publish a newsletter every Monday (typically) at 5 PM UK time which details the work that is currently happening in Lubuntu, including fixed bugs and ways you can help.