Following the release of LXQt 1.4, the development team announced that they would not backport this desktop environment for Lubuntu 23.10, as they were fully focused on the upcoming major release of Lubuntu 24.04 LTS in April 2024.
However, contrary to their initial statement, the developer has since decided to backport LXQt 1.4 for Lubuntu 23.10, providing users with the latest version of this desktop environment.
It is important to note that this backport is not a permanent solution, as the PPA will be deleted once the major update for Lubuntu 24.04 LTS is released. This means that users who want to continue using LXQt 1.4 will need to upgrade to Lubuntu 24.04 LTS once it becomes available.
If you are currently using Lubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) and are interested in upgrading to the latest LXQt 1.4 desktop environment, then you may find our previously published article on How To Install LXQt 1.4 Desktop Environment For Lubuntu 22.04 LTS Users helpful.
Simon Quigley, the lead developer of Lubuntu, recently announced that they had originally planned to release these updates only for Long-Term Support users. However, due to the overwhelming amount of feedback received from users and corporate partners alike, they have decided to make an exception and create an additional repository for the 23.10 version. This means that even if you are not using the LTS version, you can still enjoy the latest LXQt 1.4 desktop environment on your Lubuntu system.
Install the LXQt 1.4 Desktop Environment on Lubuntu 23.10
If you’re looking to install the LXQt 1.4 Desktop Environment on your Lubuntu 23.10 system, you can easily do so by following these detailed steps. Firstly, you should open up the terminal and enter the following command:
sudo apt update sudo apt -y full-upgrade sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-dev/backports-mantic
By doing this, you’ll be allowing the system to backport PPA into the system, which is an essential step in the installation process. Once you’ve executed this command, you can then proceed to the next step, which is to run the following command:
sudo apt update sudo apt -y full-upgrade
This command will fetch the latest package of LXQt 1.4, which includes all the latest features and improvements in the Desktop Environment. After installing the package, you can log out of your system and log back in again, selecting LXQt 1.4 as your Desktop Environment. With this, you’ll be able to enjoy the new and improved functionality of LXQt 1.4 on your Lubuntu 23.10 system.
Upgrade to Lubuntu 24.04 LTS after its release in April 2024 to avoid issues. Note that Lubuntu Backports PPA for Lubuntu 23.10 is incompatible with Lubuntu Backports PPA for Lubuntu 22.04 LTS.