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LXDE Screenshot
A screenshot of LXDE
Developer(s) The LXDE Team
Initial release 2006
Preview release 0.5.0 / December 10, 2009; 2 month(s) ago (2009-12-10)
Written in C (GTK+)
Operating system Unix-like
Available in Multilingual
Development status Active
Type Desktop environment
License GNU General Public License, LGPL
Website lxde.org

LXDE is a free and open source desktop environment for Unix and other POSIX compliant platforms, such as Linux or BSD. The name LXDE stands for "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment".[1][2]

LXDE is designed to work well with computers on the low end of the performance spectrum such as older resource-constrained machines, new generation netbooks, and other small computers. LXDE is energy efficient and fast compared to other desktops[citation needed], and it consumes considerably less memory under certain typical workloads.[3] LXDE can be built on top of various Linux distributions such as Mandriva, Ubuntu, Debian, and, more recently, Fedora and openSUSE; it is the native desktop environment of Knoppix, Lubuntu and U-lite.



The project was started in 2006 by Taiwanese hacker Hong Jen Yee, also known as PCMan, when he published PCManFM, a new file manager and the first module of LXDE.

Goals of the LXDE project

The LXDE project aims include:

  • a desktop environment which is fast and saves energy
  • keep the resource usage low, including low RAM, low CPU and low disk space usage.
  • full featured desktop
  • multilanguage support


LXDE is built in the C programming language, using the GTK+ toolkit, and runs on Unix and other POSIX compliant platforms, such as Linux and BSD. GTK+ is commonly used in many Linux distributions and allows applications to run on different platforms.[4]



Unlike in other desktop environments, the components of LXDE are not tightly integrated.[5] Instead, they can run independently of each other.[6]

LXDE consists of several components:

Release cycle

There are currently only development versions and no stable versions of LXDE.


LXDE includes GPL licensed code as well as LGPL licensed code.[1]

Hardware compatibility

Computer processor architectures supported by LXDE currently include IA-32, x86-64, and MIPS.


Some distributions including LXDE are:

  • Arch Linux[7]
  • BlankOn: Linux 5 (codename: Nanggar) Minimalist Edition. The regular edition of BlankOn has used GNOME since it was first derived from Ubuntu[8]
  • Debian 5.0 "Lenny"[9]
  • Eeebuntu 3[10]
  • Fedora 10 and subsequent versions[11][12]
  • Frugalware[13]
  • Gentoo Linux[14]
  • Greenie Linux: Ubuntu-based OS with LXDE and GNOME desktop environments[15]
  • Hiweed 2.0RC: Ubuntu derivative tailored for Chinese-language users[16]
  • Knoppix 6.0: Debian based Live-CD featuring LXDE as the default Desktop Environment as of version 6.0[17]
  • Linux4One: A Linux distribution designed for the Acer Aspire One line of netbooks.[18]
  • lxde-sid-lite: An unofficial sidux based Live-CD with LXDE, Harddisk and USB installer, special tailored for netbooks like the Eee PC[19]
  • Mandriva Linux: release version 2009.1 (alias "Spring") uses LXDE as the default light environment[20]
  • Myah OS 3.0 Box edition: LXDE flavor of Myah OS[21]
  • openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 2, as a part of the NET install and installation DVD. Can be installed via openSUSE X11 installation repository for openSUSE versions 11.0, 11.1, and 11.2.[22]
  • Parted Magic 3.1, a partition tool now based on LXDE[1]
  • PCLinuxOS: Mandriva based Linux distribution with support of many Desktop Environments, including LXDE.
  • PUD GNU/Linux: Ubuntu-based installable Live-CD with LXDE[23]
  • Ubuntu began to include LXDE in its repositories starting with version 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex". LXDE can also be installed in earlier versions of Ubuntu.[24] In May 2009 it was announced that an official LXDE derivative of Ubuntu, to be named Lubuntu is under development.[25]
  • U-lite[26][27]
  • VectorLinux Light[28]
  • Yoper: Offers a version that inludes LXDE as the default desktop instead of KDE.[29]


See also


  1. ^ a b c LXDE Team (undated). "LXDE". http://lxde.org/. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  2. ^ LXDE Team (undated). "About LXDE". http://lxde.org/lxde. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ Linux Magazine, Christopher Smart (2009-09-09). "Lubuntu: Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee". http://www.linux-mag.com/cache/7520/1.html. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  4. ^ "GTK+ Features". http://www.gtk.org/features.html. 
  5. ^ Łukasz Bigo. "LXDE - lekka alternatywa do GNOME". http://notebooki.pcworld.pl/news/162051/LXDE...lekka.alternatywa.do.GNOME.html. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  6. ^ About LXDE
  7. ^ "LXDE in Arch's AUR". Arch Linux. http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?O=0&L=3&C=0&K=lxde&SeB=nd&SB=n&SO=a&PP=25&do_Search=Go. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  8. ^ Yayasan Penggerak Linux Indonesia (2008). "Spesifikasi LXDE untuk BlankOn Minimalist". http://dev.blankonlinux.or.id/wiki/5/Spesifikasi/LXDE. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  9. ^ "Details of package lxde in lenny". Debian Project. http://packages.debian.org/lenny/x11/lxde. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  10. ^ "Download page for lxde-eeebuntu". eeebuntu. 2009-12-28. http://eeebuntu.org/index.php?page=download. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  11. ^ "Features/LXDE". Fedora Project. 2008-10-31. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/LXDE. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  12. ^ DistroWatch (December 2009). "Fedora release LXDE spin". http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20091207#news. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  13. ^ Distrowatch (November 2009). "Frugalware Linux". http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=frugalware. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  14. ^ Gentoo Foundation (2008). "Gentoo LXDE Project". http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/desktop/lxde/. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  15. ^ "Greenie Operating System Website". http://greenie.sk. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  16. ^ DistroWatch (June 2009). "Hiweed Linux". http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=hiweed. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  17. ^ "KNOPPIX 6.0 / ADRIANE 1.1 - Live CD". http://knopper.net/knoppix/knoppix60-en.html. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  18. ^ Linux4one.it (2008). "Linux4one )in Italian)". http://www.linux4one.it/. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  19. ^ "lxde-sid-lite Linux resource saving and functional". http://cap.gediam.de/index-en.htm. 
  20. ^ "Mandriva 2009.1 Notes". http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2009.1_Notes#Icewm. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  21. ^ LXDE. "LXDE". http://www.lxde.org/lxde. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  22. ^ "LXDE - openSUSE". http://en.opensuse.org/Lxde. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  23. ^ Distrowatch. "Development Release: PUD GNU/Linux LXDE Edition". http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=04826. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  24. ^ LXDE in Launchpad (May 2008). "PPA for LXDE: “LXDE” team". https://launchpad.net/~lxde/+archive/ppa. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  25. ^ DistroWatch (May 2009). "DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 302, 11 May 2009". http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20090511#news. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  26. ^ Scott Gilbertson. "Lightweight Linux Desktop Proves Popular with Netbooks". http://www.webmonkey.com/blog/Lightweight_Linux_Desktop_Proves_Popular_with_Netbooks. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  27. ^ eWeek DesktopLinux.com, Henry Kingman. ""UbuntuLite" reviewed". http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS4275692353.html. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  28. ^ VectorLinux. "VectorLinux Light Edition Released". http://vectorlinux.com/news/vectorlinux-light-edition-released/?searchterm=lxde. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  29. ^ Simple Machines LLC (November 2009). "Yoper - Your Operating System". http://www.yoper.com/. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 

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