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  • Project
    • Name: LXDE - Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment
    • Description: LXDE is a new project aimed to provide a new desktop environment which is lightweight and fast. It's not designed to be powerful and bloated, but to be usable and slim enough to keep the resource usage low.
  • Contact
    • World
    • Experience: We have numerous developers and package maintainers for different Linux distributions in Taiwan, China, Germany and the US.
    • Members: Members are connected on sourceforge, the irc at #lxde and active participants in the LXDE Foundation:, People include: PCMan, Andrew Lee, Mario Behling, Maces, Jserv
    • Motivation: Why another Desktop if there already is sugar? Well, Sugar and Mono are good desktops but in some instances could have some drawbacks. LXDE provides a lightweight desktop for the OLPC. We would like to increase our efforts in the OLPC initiative. The LXDE project includes developers from Asia, Europe and the US. Recently there has been an increase in activities and more people are joining. The LXDE project was started 2005 by the Taiwanese Hacker Hong Yen Jee and has a very sound contributor base in Asia and especially China. LXDE was presented at the LinuxWorld San Francisco, Debian DevCon Taiwan, the Skolelinux Conference Norway, Chaos Communication Congress Germany. It will also be presented at FOSDEM 2009 with a talk.
    • 30 % completed
    • 20 Laptops requested at September 2008
    • Status: Accepted

LXDE & Debian

This is completed, and offers a jffs2 image download containing a configured LXDE on Debian GNU/Linux. See DebXO for more details and the latest images. In the 13th Feb 2009 release, the LXDE image was 218Mb.

LXDE & Fedora

Some parts of the LXDE desktop were already included in Fedora. I have packaged the missing components, so that LXDE has become an official feature of Fedora 10. Now I'd like to port the LX desktop to the OLPC. This is not just about maintaining another branch of packages in our CVS, but about tweaking everything for the OLPC: The adjustments will need to include fonts, icons and their sizes, the GTK and Openbox theme and even technical things like making F1-F4 keys work. The most important question is how to integrate the neighborhood or the zoom metaphor of sugar into a conventional desktop environment.

    • Motivation: Why another Desktop if there already is sugar? I don't want to turn the XO into one of these netbooks, but IMHO there should be an alternative desktop environment for advanced users. The audience I'm targeting are advanced users and developers or older pupils, who might want also to use their OLPC in higher grades. These people should be able to run a small but powerful desktop on there XO.
    • 30 % completed
    • 1 Laptop, requested for 6 months.
    • Status: Pending