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February 24, 2024

Introducing LXQt 2.0 Desktop: New Applications Menu & Qt 6 Port Set to Launch in April

The development team behind the lightweight LXQt desktop environment has let out some information regarding the advancements for the forthcoming LXQt 2.0.

LXQt 2.0 largely deviates from its previous versions due to its port to the latest Qt 6 open-source application framework to afford users a more advanced UI/UX and a significant performance uplift compared to the Qt 5-based versions. As a result, LXQt will completely discards Qt 5 support.

A majority of the default applications and vital components have been transitioned to Qt 6 already. This includes the session, notifications, power management, appearance, input, monitor, file associations, and locale settings, Qps, QTerminal, Screengrab, runner, LXQt Admin, LXQt sudo, and the likes of LXQt OpenSSH Askpass.

Other components such as the panel, desktop, PCmanFM-Qt file manager, LXimage-Qt image viewer, PolicyKit, PavuControl, and global shortcuts also plan on transitioning to Qt 6 by April. The LXQt developers have a final release of LXQt 2.0 in the pipeline, although a specific date is yet to be determined.

Another interesting change in the upcoming LXQt 2.0 release will be a new default applications menu, called “Fancy Menu”, which will finally be on par with the default applications menus of most desktop environments, featuring an All Applications section, a Favorites section, and an improved search function.

On top of that, LXQt 2.0 promises improved support for the

Wayland display protocol. Many LXQt apps and components are already working perfectly on Wayland, but with the upcoming release, the devs plan to add some missing pieces that should make LXQt run better on Wayland.

“A missing piece is the release of layer-shell-qt 6.0 as the actual version can’t be used except to some extent in the notification daemon, the second most missing piece is a taskmanager-plugin in the panel for Wayland,” said the devs in the

blog post. “Some steps are on the way in this direction, but “long is the way to Wayland” so patience is needed here and help is always welcome naturally.”

One thing that will not change with Wayland is LXQt’s philosophy of being modular in the sense that it will work with all wlroots-based Wayland compositors. For now, the devs are focusing their work around Labwc, a Wayland window-stacking compositor inspired by Openbox.

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