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Monthly Archives: November 2011

I am proud to announce the immediate release of LXCE 1.0!

LXCE 1.0 is a special customized remaster of Lubuntu 10.04 LTS. This means that LXCE 1.0 will be supported with software and security updates until April 2013!

LXCE is the successor to XXCE Linux. LXCE features all the multimedia goodness and the web apps from XXCE.

Features include:

  • All software and security updates to November 28, 2011
  • All multimedia codecs from ubuntu-restricted-extras and xubuntu-restricted-extras
  • libdvdcss2, w32codecs, lame, faac, faad, and flac
  • Google Chrome replaces Chromium
  • Thunderbird replaces Sylpheed
  • xchat removed
  • Skype
  • Downloader for X
  • GIMP
  • Ristretto
  • Classic console emulators SNES9X, Stella, VisualBoyAdvance, GFCEUX, and GENS/GS; NOTE: No game ROMS or BIOS files included.
  • Brasero
  • Sound Juicer
  • Rhythmbox – including Shoutcast plugin
  • Ubuntu One, including the Ubuntu One Music Store plugin for Rhythmbox

And surprisingly, all this goodness fits in just 683 MB! Yes, LXCE 1.0 can be burned to a CD and used with older desktops and laptops which have a CD-ROM drive but no DVD drive!

Because of issues with Megaupload, I am hosting LXCE 1.0 on Wupload. If the Megaupload issues are resolved, I will upload to Megaupload and edit this post to add a Megaupload link.

I will not be doing versions of LXCE based on Lubuntu 10.10 or Lubuntu 11.04. I plan on working on LXCE 2.0 when Lubuntu 12.04 LTS comes out; it will be supported for 5 years. In the meantime, I may do a version based on Lubuntu 11.10 as LXCE 1.5.

To download LXCE 1.0, click here.

This is one of my earliest works. This was a customized remaster of Linux Mint 5 Fluxbox Community Edition given the XXCE treatment. This is for archive purposes only, as neither Linux Mint 5 nor Ubuntu Hardy – upon which Linux Mint 5 was based – are supported on the desktop.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EAHLKPH9

If the Stop Online Piracy Act passes, I may have to shut down all my projects (XXCE, UNEX, LXCE) for the following reasons:

  1. My derivatives include multimedia codecs (MP3, MP4, AVI/DIVX/XVID) and encrypted DVD playback which cannot be legally offered for free in the United States.
  2. I cannot afford dedicated web hosting. I do this on my free time and use a free blog to post links to my work, and I use Megaupload to host my files. If SOPA passes, there is a strong chance that Megaupload will be blocked in the United States, which is where I live.
  3. There is also the strong possibility that because Ubuntu offers the aforementioned illegal multimedia codecs on their vast software repositories for free, the SOPA could be used to block all Ubuntu websites from being accessed in the United States. If this were the case, I would no longer be able to download Ubuntu or to use their software repositories.

If SOPA passes, it could mean the end of not only my Linux projects, but Linux in the United States period.

I have decided that now is the time to revive the Lexie OS project, and I am currently working on the first version of  what is now known as LXCE!

LXCE 1.0 goes back to the lightweight roots of XXCE, using Lubuntu 10.04 LTS as the base. LXCE 1.0 will include Google Chrome (Chromium OS is removed), Thunderbird, tons of multimedia enhancements, Rhythmbox (including the Ubuntu One Music Store plugin and a Shoutcast plugin), Brasero, GIMP, and Ristretto.

Tons of extra wallpapers will also be added.

LXCE 2.0 will most likely be basded on the forthcoming Lubuntu 12.04 LTS. However, I may do a separate version – LXCE 1.5 – based on Lubuntu 11.10.

Stay tuned!