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[openFATE 307729] Officially Provide LXDE
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  • Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2009 18:26:05 +0000 (GMT)
  • Message-id: <feature-307729-26@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Feature changed by: andrea florio (anubisg1)
Feature #307729, revision 26
Title: Officially Provide LXDE

openSUSE-11.3: Unconfirmed
Requester: Important

Requested by: andrea florio (anubisg1)
Developer: andrea florio (anubisg1)
Partner organization:

LXDE stands for L ightweight X 11 D esktop E nvironment.It is an
extremely faster, performing and energy saving desktop environment. It
is maintained by an international community of developers and comes
with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard
short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing
LXDE actually is lighter than xfce and it's stable and mature enought
to stay into openSUSE.
Actually big distros like mandriva already provides LXDE. Mandriva for
example allow you to install LXDE from DVD media.
The only "problem" that LXDE has is the Login Manager, xdm is quite
ugly and SLIM looks to be no more developed. That "problem" will be
hopefully fixed in few weeks, infact they are now developing their
login manager, LXDM as you can see here:
Will be wonderful to have LXDE officially supported by openSUSE and why
not, even available into the installation media.
more infos:

Use Case:
The user will find LXDE packages into OSS repository, He will be able
to install it using patterns.
The user will install openSUSE using DVD, on DE selection he will able
to select "other DE" and then LXDE from that list

Business case (Partner benefit): Because that will attract more user, and will allow you
to provide an openSUSE version able to running on 128MB of ram with X
server running

#1: Stephen Kellat (skellat) (2009-09-10 22:51:13)
In light of the whole debate over KDE, I do not see how this is
appropriate at this time.

#2: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2009-09-10 22:56:54) (reply to #1)
1st) of all that was "important" not just "desirable" for me :), i
wonder to know why you changed that ;-)
2nd) excluding the "IMHO" wasting of time behing KDE default or no,
lxde wont be a sobstitute fro gnome or kde that are the major DE, but
it want to provide a better user experience to users with old pc's,
that now have to use xfce. lxde is lighter and with an easier UI even
for linux newbie

#3: Kirk Kimmel (omf) (2009-09-15 11:01:55)
I like the idea of being able to provide a slimmer solution over xfce
without having to resort down to just having twm or fvwm installed.
The real question is given all the packages currently on the install
DVD what would need to be added to create a LXDE pattern?

#4: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2009-09-15 11:31:47) (reply to #3)
yes one more pattern will be needed, but it's already available on X11:
lxde repo. I think that on 11.3 we can not worry about "no more space
on the media" because all LXDE packages are very small and lots of
space wil be freed by new noarch packages coming from new RPM.

#5: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2009-09-16 11:45:41)
in order to have a better LXDE support (even if that will be reject,
and i really hope not) i submitted 2 osc request:
20489 and 20490 (one for bluez-gnome and one for NetworkManager-gnome)

#6: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2009-09-21 11:34:19) (reply to #5)
the feature is also related to
that one.

#7: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2009-10-24 19:42:20)
new submitreq in order to solve that feature:
created request id 23068:
"just added LXDM support in /etc/init.d/xdm, the diff here: , such file is into xdm.tar.bz2, just few
infos about lxdm here: . This req is
related to openfate feature #307729"

#8: Stefan Dirsch (sndirsch) (2009-10-24 21:19:48) (reply to #7)
Thanks. Accepted and SR'ed also for openSUSE:Factory.

#9: Serge Stroobandt (on4aa) (2009-11-18 20:31:05)
Well, IMHO the whole KDE debate really was a bit over the top as was
adding a buggy KDE 4.1 to OpenSUSE 11.1. Conversely, not including LXDE
as an install option in OpenSUSE 11.2 is really a missed opportunity.
Please, allow me to explain brievely why.
What makes OpenSUSE so great is the fact that it offers a lot of server
packages directed by YaST as well as a choice of desktop environments.
With the advent of European CO2 taxing -I am not in favour because A|
G0re is a NW0 hoax- and higher electricity bills, people will have to
switch to green computing whether they like it or not. This will be
especially true for Small Office - Small Home servers that are kept
switched on all the time.
I recently built a SOHO server around a Jetway board with a low-powered
VIA C7 CPU. OpenSUSE with LXDE would be the ideal combination for such
a system.

#10: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2009-11-18 20:55:54) (reply to #9)
this feature has not been evaluated on 11.2 mainly because it has been
"published" to late. another reason is that lxde packages needs some
code fixing and some security checks that i'm not able to perform.
hopefully in the next months that will be done upstream or we will have
8 months to do it by your own. i would like any way to push SuSE
"bosses" to really consider that request that will allow to run
openSUSE also on obsoletes machines where xfce is either too heavy.

#11: Lee Matheson (oldcpu) (2009-12-05 13:16:17)
I think it a good idea to add LXDE as an installation selection. It
could be included in the early milestone releases of 11.3 as a
selectable install option under "other" and if any major bugs can not
be addressed in time before 11.3 release, there is always the option to
remove the menu selection (from "other" ) immediately prior to the
first Release Candidate. But I believe that won't be necessary and the
community will warmly embrace LXE.

#12: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2009-12-05 13:40:28) (reply to #11)
i agree...
do you think should i submit the packages to factory?
Coolo what do you think about it?
an other thing, LXDM is coming out so nicely. it's lightweight and
goodlooking, probably it can be used as default LM in replace of XDM
when you install xfce of "minimal X system"

+ #13: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2009-12-05 19:25:58) (reply to #12)
+ i opened a bugzilla enhacement bug here:

openSUSE Feature:

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