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Fedora 26 will have an LXQt Spin. Here’s what it looks like now

LXQt is a one of many desktop environments available on the latest edition of Fedora 25. However, unlike the GNOME 3, KDE, Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce desktop environments, Fedora LXQt does not have it’s own installation image. In other words, it’s not a Fedora Spin.

To install a Fedora 25 desktop running the LXQt desktop, you’ll need to install the system using a netinstall or DVD image and select the LXQT desktop package group and related packages from the package selection step.

Because of an ongoing effort to produce a Fedora LXQt Spin, that process is set to change when Fedora 26 comes along next year.

If LXQt is new to you, it is a lightweight desktop environment built with Qt technologies that was the result of a merger between LXDE-Qt, an initial Qt flavor of LXDE, and Razor-qt, a project intended to develop a Qt-based desktop environment with similar objectives as the current LXQt. In terms of resource usage, LXQt is right up there with the likes of Xfce. It’s intended to offer users a classic desktop computing experience with a modern look and feel.

The effort to produce a Fedora LXQt Spin is still young, so you have an opportunity to contribute.

How?

Well, there’s a Remix that you can download, test and report any bugs you find. You can also chime in on what applications should ship in the finished product. Details on the effort, including a link to download an ISO image, are available here.

Meanwhile, here’s what the Fedora 25 LXQt Remix desktop looks like. All images were taken from a test installation in a virtual environment.

The Fedora 25 LXQt Remix login screen.

Fedora LXQt login screen
Figure 1: Fedora LXQt login screen

Default desktop of Fedora 25 LXQt Remix.

Fedora LXQt desktop
Figure 2: Fedora LXQt desktop

The default desktop of Fedora 25 LXQt Remix showing the applications menu. QupZilla, a Web browser, is one of the few applications installed out of the box.

Fedora LXQt desktop menu
Figure 3: Fedora LXQt desktop applications menu

The Qt terminal emulator is another. It comes in two forms – a drop-down terminal emulator similar to Yakuake and a standalone terminal. An open Qt terminal window can be split any which way you want.

Fedora LXQt Qt terminal emulator
Figure 4: Fedora LXQt Qt terminal emulator

Power options of the Fedora 25 LXQt Remix desktop.

Fedora LXQt desktop power options
Figure 5: Fedora LXQt desktop power options

The panel calendar of the Fedora 25 LXQt Remix desktop.

Fedora LXQt panel calendar
Figure 6: Fedora LXQt panel calendar

Context menu of the Fedora 25 LXQt Remix desktop.

Fedora LXQt panel context menu
Figure 7: Fedora LXQt panel context menu

Panel configuration options of the Fedora 25 LXQt Remix desktop.

Fedora LXQt panel configuration options
Figure 8: Fedora LXQt panel configuration options

Available panel widgets on the Fedora 25 LXQt Remix desktop.

Fedora LXQt panel widgets
Figure 9: Fedora LXQt panel widgets

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