Linux Top 3: Simplicity 16.07, LXLE Eclectica and Lubuntu 16.10
While GNOME and KDE are perhaps the two best known and most widely deployed open source desktop environments used in Linux, LXDE is an increasingly popular choice. In this week's Linux Planet Linx Top 3 roundup we take a quick look at three LXDE distro released this past week.
1) Simplicity Linux 16.07
Simplicity Linux updated to version 16.07 on July 31 and is a distro that is based on antiX and LXPup with LXDE as the default desktop.
As with recent versions of Simplicity, Mini and Desktop are based on the excellent LXPup and uses LXDE as the desktop environment. However, as an experiment, X is based on Debian via the fantastic AntiX distro. It uses LXDE as the desktop environment like Mini and Desktop, but as far as features go, it is closer to Mini.
As with our previous releases, Mini (Previously Simplicity Linux Netbook Edition) is our heavily cut down version. It comes with Flash preinstalled along with the latest version of Firefox. Desktop is our fully featured distribution, based on the same base as Mini but rather than web based applications; it comes loaded with Flash, Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, GIMP, and Mplayer.
2) LXLE Eclectica
The LXLE 16.04.1 update is based on Ubuntu 16.04 and the Lubuntu spin that uses the LXDE desktop. The promise of LXLE is an even more lightweight and optimized LXDE user interface than what Lubuntu provides. New features in the latest update include:
- Btrfs file system base
- Auto detect dual monitors
- Expose like window picker
- Lightweight app launcher
- i3lock screen with autoblur
- 'Aero' window snap feature
- Enhanced menu speed
- Assistive Technology apps
- Detailed startup splash
- Terminal based Weather app
- Mate & Mint app additions
- Condensed 'Control Menu'
- 100 brand new wallpapers
- Security updates auto installed
- uCareSystemCore update manager
- Random/Interval Wallpaper changer
3) Lubuntu 16.10
As the upstream Ubuntu community continues its early development on Ubuntu 16.10, the LXDE flavor, known as Lubuntu is along for the ride.
On July 28, Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2 (Yakkety Yak) was released providing an early preview of features that won't become generally available until October.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist