In early 2013, Hong Jen Yee "PCMan" started porting LXDE components to Qt. The first preview of LXDE-Qt was released on July 3rd, 2013. On July 21st, it was announced that Razor-qt (a desktop similar in design to LXDE) and LXDE were merging.
The result is LXQt, a desktop built on Qt which partly uses Razor-qt and LXDE components. While development is mainly focused on LXQt, the GTK+ 2 version of LXDE will see continued development. The final release of Razor-qt is 0.9.0.
Install the group.
You also need an icon theme to be installed. The default one is Oxygen, which can be installed with thepackage.
For additional functionality, you may wish to install the following:
- LXImage-Qt — Image viewer and screenshot tool for LXQt.
- ObConf-Qt — The Qt port of ObConf, the Openbox configuration tool.
- QTerminal — Lightweight Qt-based terminal emulator.
- SDDM — The recommended display manager for LXQt.
Starting the desktop
Choose LXQt Desktop from the menu in a display manager of choice.
Append the following line to Xinitrc:
LXQt in general tries to provide GUI applications to change its settings. Configuration files are in
~/.config/lxqt. This directory is initialized automatically. The default configuration for new users is found in
While Openbox is the default window manager for LXQt, you can specify a different window manager to use with LXQt via the Session Settings, or by editing
~/.config/lxqt/session.conf. Change the following line:
to a window manager of choice:
To have X applications start on login, click the main menu from the LXQt -> Preferences -> LXQt Settings -> Session Settings. Alternatively, this can be launched with:
From this window, click on "AutoStart" on the left side. Here you can add a new application to either the global autostart (launched in all sessions implementing the said specification) or your local autostart (labled LXQt Autostart) (See issue 746 for a bug related to this option).
As LXQt is a lightweight desktop, a plain install will not provide many desktop applications. It is left to the user to choose what applications they wish to install. The Razor-qt wiki has a page which lists of number of useful Qt applications that you may wish to install. Also see the List of applications page for a comprehensive list of applications available in Arch.