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LXDE Foundation has been accepted as a mentoring organisation for the Google Summer of Code. The students application period starts on March 29: ~12 noon PDT / 19:00 UTC

Congratulations, your application for LXDE Foundation as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2010 has been accepted! Over the next few days, you should plan to register your mentors and complete some housekeeping tasks to make sure your pages on the GSoC 2010 site are up to date. …

The complete GSoC timeline is here: http://socghop.appspot.com/document/show/gsoc_program/google/gsoc2010/faqs#timeline

Please add more ideas for development projects to the LXDE Idea Page on http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2010

Discuss projects on oftc #lxde

We also need mentors. Mario suggested to schedule an IRC meet up for potential mentors on Sun 21, 2010.


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Lubuntu watched

Distrowatch page of Lubuntu, the Ubuntu flavour with LXDE, currently ranking 84. Not bad for an unreleased Linux distribution.

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H-Online provides a ressource consumption comparison.

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Niemand nutzt LXDE bislang bevorzugt bei der Prolinux-Umfrage.

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U-lite survey

Please complete this brief survey to help U-lite Linux understand what most people use their computers for. This will be used to influence the default package selection of U-Lite.

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A young developer, Marco Usai, presents his project  ubucompilator in his blog.

Ubucompilator is a simply compiler (relased under gpl v3 )to make, configure, install and make .deb package from sources! With ubucompilator you can save a lot of time to compile a software or create .deb files!

He releases the “first usable release” of his software. A “lubucompilator for
lxde user)!” I am not very impressed. At present Usai’s proposal looks a bit like a gui for checkinstall to me, time would tell. But as the creation of deb files is a special science of its own, it could be useful to automatize the necessary checking. The essence of *nix make files is: “We don’t understand them.” Meanwhile many large projects switched to build software like Scons for good reasons, so the old guard has passed away anyway.

Magic conversation spell: If you are among software developers who work on Linux, just raise the question how they like the build system or the libc or X. It is tested and works!

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A first alpha version preview of Lubuntu Lucid has been released. It also includes artwork for lubuntu, the next generation of the PCMAN file manager along with pcmanfm 0.5.2, you can invoke it in the terminal with “pcmanfm2”.

Download of test images:

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It is so amazing to discover small distributions which use LXDE. The latest one I became aware of is Masonux:

Masonux is derivative of Ubuntu Linux using the LXDE desktop environment created using remastersys. Masonux contains the following: Ubuntu base install (from the 10 megabyte mini.iso, found here), LXDE, Firefox, Pidgin, Synaptic Package Manager, ubiquity graphical installer, and remastersys.

Last week Lynxis prepared early test ISO images for Lubuntu, the ubuntu flavour of LXDE. Unexpectedly the Lubuntu public download rush crashed the servers of a Berlin creative technology center “c-base” which hosted the test images. Lynxis rents office space there. The download problem was quickly resolved and LXDE/Lubuntu is even more famous now in Berlin. Also another group faced growth troubles. The Lubuntu team which just manages the seed discussed whether to keep the release team open or close the group because that was potentially dangerous. Membership skyrocket to 135 members. It was decided to keep membership open for now. We are also looking for a new logo for Lubuntu as the deadline for the Karmic release cycle quickly approaches.

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Betanews makes the case for lightweight operating systems:

The rise of the netbook and other form factors is driving a fairly substantial re-think in terms of how we use computers and what we expect out of them. We no longer shoot for all-encompassing capability, and instead want simpler devices that do the job quickly and efficiently. We don’t want to wait after every keypress or mouse activity, and we don’t want to be confused, either. Simple is the new goal, and an OS that strips out needless complexity, stays out of the way and lets users get their work done uninterrupted represents the new state of the art.

Scott F. Fulton largely follows the LXDE design objectives. What will people like him make switch? The answer is probably that we want operating systems as pervasive that we don’t even care about them anymore, so we also don’t care about switching. An “OS that strips out needless complexity, stays out of the way and lets users get their work done uninterrupted” is a call to leave the users alone. And the current mature desktop environments do exactly the opposite, they add features and complexity, also for development, strip out core functionality and replace it by immature technologies, force decisions upon you. I recently installed the new firefox 3.5 developer version in a virtual machine but basically I don’t even notice which browser I am using anymore and I cannot tell you the differences. I don’t have to tell and I don’t want to tell. Breathe…

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What is MoonOS? You can compare it with Linux Mint, it is a flavour of Ubuntu with a focus on theming and user appearance from Cambodia:

moonOS is a complete and fully functional operative system based on the LXDE, Enlightenment DR17 and powered by the popular Linux Distribution Ubuntu. moonOS, a project started and designed by the Cambodian artist Chanrithy Thim (12rithy), is perfect for any Desktop, Laptop PC or even for a Virtual Machine.

For the third edition Thim has set inspiring LXDE goals:

# Slim instead GDM in LXDE Edition
# moonSlim the graphic tool for configure Slim
# moonComposite easy to enable composite manager in LXDE Edition
# Use Openbox in LXDE Edition again
# Redesign LXDE Edition desktop

Slim is the Simple Login Manager, hosted by Berlios.

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