LXDE is a free desktop environment for Unix and other POSIX compliant platforms, such as Linux or BSD. The name LXDE stands for " Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment " and " LX " is the same for Linux.

The project was started in 2006 to create a work environment that is fast and energy efficient. It is therefore ideally suited for use on netbooks or older computers, where today's standard performance requirements can not be applied. Unlike other desktop environments such as KDE or GNOME, the individual components work in LXDE with only a few dependencies on each other and can be transferred as easy gradually to other systems.


The project was started by the Taiwanese Hong Jen Yee ( PCMan ) in 2005 and 2006 brought out his first publication. After LXDE was included in Mandriva and Fedora and Debian available as a standard desktop available, there are projects like U -Lite (formerly Ubuntu Lite) and Linux Mint LXDE. In February 2009, the project Lubuntu was launched, which is based on Ubuntu. In September of the same year, the first test version was created. At the Ubuntu Developer Summit mid-May 2011 it was announced that Lubuntu is an official derivative of Ubuntu. With the release of openSUSE 11.3 LXDE is also there as an officially supported and selectable desktop environment available. In the aftermath LXDE has been integrated into a number of other Linux distributions.

Recent Developments

In February 2011, the graphical toolkit ( widget set ) was introduced GTK 3, which was proclaimed as successor of GTK 2, but at the same time not backwards compatible with GTK 2. For the head developer of the LXDE project, Hong Jen Yee, thus the question which toolkit should use them in the future because LXDE until then was based on the GTK widget set 2, which should no longer be developed from now on. Yee stated in a blog posting that GTK 3 " memory intensive and slower " than GTK 2, which would contradict his project concept of a "lean, resource " desktop environment.

He announced a Qt version of LXDE, whose completion was scheduled for early July 2013. A major developer of the desktop environment Razor -qt and Yee decided to merge the Qt version of LXDE and Razor -qt. The previous LXDE Code, which was based on GTK 2 should be waiting for a while.

System Requirements

LXDE has the following minimum hardware requirements:

LXDE Components

How ROX Xfce or LXDE is also modular, the following components provides LXDE to:

Components with uncertain perspective on development

For some components of LXDE their development is unclear, or are these going to be abandoned:

While GtkNetCat applies only as obsolete, you have the continuation of the network manager LXNM as good as abandoned.

System services LXDE

System services that play a specific role LXDE are:

Distributions with LXDE

In the following distributions LXDE is included in the official repositories or as a standard user interface:

  • Arch Linux ( Package: lxde )
  • BLAG GNU / Linux
  • Cubian, Debian distribution for the Cubieboard, Cubieboard2, Cubietruck ( Cubieboard3 )
  • Debian ( businesscard, netinst and DVD)
  • Fedora ( LXDE spin)
  • Gentoo
  • Knoppix
  • Linux Mint
  • Mageia
  • Mandriva Linux
  • OpenSUSE
  • Parted Magic
  • PCLinuxOS
  • Raspbian, Debian distribution for the Raspberry Pi
  • Sabayon Linux
  • Salix OS ( LXDE Edition)
  • Siduction
  • SliTaz
  • Ubuntu ( Lubuntu, Greenie )
  • Vector Linux