Lubuntu Devs Announce the Lubuntu Backports PPA with Latest LXQt Desktop Releases

Lubuntu Backports PPA

Lubuntu developer Simon Quigley exclusively informs 9to5linux.com today about the launch of the Lubuntu Backports PPA to provide Lubuntu users with the latest and greatest LXQt desktop environment releases.

Inspired by Kubuntu’s Backports PPA, the Lubuntu Backports PPA repository was created due to the request of many Lubuntu users to make it a lot easier to enjoy the most recent LXQt desktop environment on top of the latest stable Lubuntu release.

“As time goes on, our development focus will continue to be on new releases, and we plan on landing and testing changes there prior to pushing them to Backports,” said Simon Quigley. “That being said, this is a perfect middle ground between stability and new features that users of all experience levels will be able to enjoy.”

That being said, Lubuntu users who add the Backports PPA repository to their systems will be able to enjoy newer features from regular (non-LTS) Lubuntu releases earlier than everyone else who stays on the LTS release without the Backports PPA.

For example, if you add the Backports PPA to your Lubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) installation, you will be able to enjoy the latest and greatest LXQt 1.1 desktop environment and all of its components. Lubuntu 22.04 LTS currently uses the older LXQt 0.17.0 release.

The Lubuntu Backports PPA is available here and you can add it right now by running the sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-dev/backports command in the Terminal app.

Once the Backports PPA was successfully added, all you have to do is run the sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade command to update your installations to the latest LXQt desktop environment. However, please keep in mind that the Backports PPA only works with Lubuntu 22.04 LTS, for now.

Of course, the Backports PPA isn’t exclusive to Lubuntu users as you can install it on another Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) flavor if you want to enjoy the latest LXQt desktop environment alongside other desktops.

Simon Quigley also told 9to5linux.com that the Lubuntu team plans to release an ISO image that will include the Lubuntu Backports PPA by default, alongside the upcoming Lubuntu 22.04.1 LTS point release, due out in early August. Please let the Lubuntu team know if you want that in the comments below or on social media.

Update 19/07/22: The Lubuntu team officially launched the stable version of the Lubuntu Backports PPA. I’ve updated the article to point you to the stable PPA.

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