LXQt 0.8.0 Released with Full Qt 5 Compatibility

Last updated on October 20th, 2014

LXQt, the next generation of LXDE, has just reached release 0.8.0, which brings full Qt 5 compatibility, two beautiful new themes, and a lot of new features.

LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment. It is the product of the merge between the LXDE-Qt and the Razor-qt projects.

According to the release note, LXQt 0.8.0 brings below changes:

  • Full Qt 5 support. Run cmake with -DUSE_QT5 to enable it.
  • New component: lxqt-admin. This brings an optional set of basic admin tools such as configuration for date & time as well as users and groups.
  • New theme: Plasma Next. Based on KDE Plasma Next theme.
  • New theme: Dark Alpha, by Inti Alonso.
  • Much improved support for multiple displays.
  • Support for RGBA transparency if compositing is available.
  • lxqt-config-randr has been removed. It has been replaced by lxqt-config-monitor.
  • pcmanfm-qt: Support single-click to activate items
  • pcmanfm-qt: Support drag & drop on the desktop
  • pcmanfm-qt: Implement integration with the ark archive manager
  • pcmanfm-qt: Improve readability in icon view
  • lxqt-panel: Support reordering of taskbar buttons
  • lxqt-panel: Support “urgency” hint
  • lxqt-panel: Add support for OSS in volume control, if available
  • lxqt-powermanagement: Improved compatibility with systemd/logind
  • Integrate with compton if available (disabled by default)
  • Add support for setting a default UI font
  • Lots of performances improvements.
  • Lots and lots of bugfixes.
How to install LXQt in Ubuntu:

A daily build PPA is available in ppa:lubuntu-dev/lubuntu-daily, so far it supports Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivatives.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal and run below commands one by one to add the PPA and install LXQt session:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-dev/lubuntu-daily

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install lxqt-metapackage lxqt-session lxsession

Once installed, log out or restart. When you’re at the Unity Greeter choose log in with a LXQt session.

(Optional) To remove this Desktop Environment, run below command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove lxqt-metapackage lxqt-session && sudo apt-get autoremove