Last week, the LXQt 1.4 desktop environment was released, which brought several improvements. According to Simon Quigley, a Lubuntu developer, LXQt will not be available in Lubuntu 23.04 (Kinetic Kudu) or Lubuntu 23.10 (Mantic Minotaur).
The company is currently focusing on developing the latest Lubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat), and it’s worth noting that LXQt will be available in Lubuntu 24.04 LTS by default.
LXQt 1.4.0, the Lightweight Qt Desktop Environment, is based on Qt 5.15 and will likely be the last Qt5-based release. The next release will be ported to Qt6 despite possible delays.
The new release includes many notable changes, such as the availability of lxqt-menu-data to replace lxmenu-data. The file manager and library have added new features, such as adding the command for the default terminal, SVG icons, and remembering password and anonymity settings. QTerminal now supports an audible bell, and Putty-style mouse button swap and Falcon colorscheme have been added.
LXQt Panel has undergone some updates, including fixed checking/clearing of urgency and window cycling with the mouse wheel. An option has been added to the custom command plugin to show the output as an image.
The libFM-Qt/PCManFM-Qt has also undergone a few changes, such as the ability to use lxqt-menu-data instead of lxmenu-data.
LXQt Session updates the DBus activation environment, fixing problems with apps like Telegram, which set DBusActivatable to true in their desktop entries.
LXQt’s image viewer, LXImage-Qt, has added minimal support for color spaces and removed the ImageShack upload option (as ImageShack now requires a paid subscription).
You can check the full release note here.
Install LXQt 1.4 Desktop Environment on Lubuntu 22.04
In this tutorial, I’ll guide you through installing LXQt 1.4 on your Lubuntu 22.04 LTS using the Lubuntu Backports PPA repository. To get started, you first need to add the PPA by running the following commands in the terminal:
sudo apt update sudo apt -y full-upgrade sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-dev/backports
After adding the PPA, run the following command to install LXQt 1.4 on your Lubuntu 22.04 LTS:
sudo apt update sudo apt -y full-upgrade
That’s it! You have successfully installed LXQt 1.4 on your Lubuntu 22.04 LTS.