LXQT is a lightweight, modular, fast, and user-friendly desktop environment. The free, open-source LXQT is the successor of the LXDE desktop environment. Lubuntu and a few other Linux distribution have default LXQT desktop environments. LXQT is based on QT rather than GTK+.
The main reason to use LXQT desktop over other environments is low resource utilization, elegant and clean user interfaces. Secondly, the high level of customization to meet desktop usability need.
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In this tutorial, we'll learn about how to install the LXQT 0.14.1 Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 20.04.
LXQt comes with many modular software components. Some of the notable features are:
- qterminal -A lightweight terminal emulator
- sddm - Simple Desktop Display Manager
- lximage-qt - Image viewer and screenshot tool
- lxqt-powermanagement - Power management module
- pcmanfm-qt - File manager and desktop icon manager
- lxqt-panel - The desktop panel
- lxqt-openssh-askpass - GUI to query passwords
- qtermwidget - Terminal widget for QTerminal
- lxqt-themes - Themes, graphics and icons
- lxqt-sudo - GUI frontend for sudo/su
- lxqt-archiver - Lightweight desktop file archiver
- lxqt-session - The session manager
Install LXQT Desktop on Ubuntu
First, update and upgrade your system using the following command.
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y
Now, just install LXQT and Openbox package. For using GUI components like the taskbar, login manager, screensaver, icons, etc. you need to install Openbox.
$ sudo apt-get install lxqt openbox -y
Now to switch to LXQT desktop, reboot the system.
$ sudo reboot
During login procedure, select LXQT and enter your strong password.
You will be now asked to choose a windows manager. You can choose any of them. Here, let's select 'Mutter'. Then, click on OK.
Now, your LXQT environment is ready.
To see the currently installed version you should click on Launch Menu and select About LXQT and the select Technical Info tab.
We have installed LXQT version 0.14.1 on Ubuntu.
Uninstall/Remove LXQt desktop
To remove the LXQT desktop first log out and log in to the previous desktop environment and open the terminal. Purge both LXQT and Openbox packages by entering the following command. Also, remove dependencies that not useable by executing 'autoremove' as below.
$ sudo apt purge lxqt openbox -y $ sudo apt autoremove -y
Hurray! We have successfully installed our latest LXQT 0.14.1 Desktop on our Ubuntu machine running 20.04 LTS. It is well known for its lightweight, modular, blazing-fast, and user-friendly desktop environment in the world of Linux. So, if you have any questions, suggestions, feedback please write them in the comment box below. Thank you! Enjoy LXQT.