In a surprising development, following numerous requests from Lubuntu users, Lubuntu developers have chosen to make the LXQt 1.4 desktop environment available for the recent Lubuntu 23.10 (Mantic Minotaur) release.
You read right, you can now set up the most recent LXQt 1.4 desktop environment on your Lubuntu 23.10 machine with just a few simple steps using the official Lubuntu Backports PPA. The original Lubuntu 23.10 came bundled with the LXQt 1.3 desktop environment.
We just recently reported on the availability of LXQt 1.4 for Lubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) users and at that moment, Simon Quigley, the key Lubuntu developer, informed us that there were no intentions of bringing LXQt 1.4 to recent Lubuntu releases as all their energy was being directed towards Lubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat).
“We initially only planned to release these updates for the Long-Term Support users of Lubuntu. Yet, we’ve received tremendous feedback from users and corporate partners alike, asking us to make these updates available for 23.10. As such, we’re making an exception by setting up this additional repository.”
Therefore, without any further ado, installing the LXQt 1.4 desktop environment on Lubuntu 23.10 is as easy as running the following commands in the QTerminal app. With the first line of commands, you will fully update your system, while the second line of command will install the Lubuntu Backports PPA for Lubuntu 23.10.
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-dev/backports-mantic
When the Lubuntu Backports PPA repository is successfully installed, you can re-run the
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade commands to update your system and automatically pull the latest LXQt 1.4 packages. Wait for the update to complete and then reboot your system.
That’s it, you can now enjoy LXQt 1.4 on Lubuntu 23.10 (Mantic Minotaur). One thing to keep in mind is that this special Lubuntu Backports PPA for Lubuntu 23.10 will be deleted in April 2024 when Lubuntu 24.04 LTS (Noble Numbat) hits the streets.
Therefore, the Lubuntu devs urge Lubuntu 23.10 users to upgrade to Lubuntu 24.04 LTS as soon as possible after its release in April 2024, so you do not experience any issues or errors. Also, this special Lubuntu Backports PPA for Lubuntu 23.10 is not compatible with the Lubuntu Backports PPA for Lubuntu 22.04 LTS, so don’t mix them.
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