I notice this forum is a bit empty, so I decided to talk about my experiences with LXQt. I wanted to know why people hated on it and preferred LXDE after the decision made by the Lubuntu devs.
I installed EndeavourOS with this D.E. and chose GRUB instead of the other bootloader option. It took a fairly long time to work but it’s because my computer and Internet connection are slow. I didn’t install anything else from the list in Calamares such as base system, D.E. stuff because it didn’t have options for “real apps”.
Commend the devs of this D.E. for having a complete set of touchpad options, to disable tap-to-click and scrolling which were very annoying on my laptop. I don’t mind plugging in a wireless mouse but I have like no space. This is for a budget laptop that has no numeric keypad.
Not very high on the file manager. However there is sign of improvement over the outdated PCManFM on Knoppix. Sometimes it does like Thunar putting a horizontal scrollbar, robbing one filename entry in full list mode. As a result, hide the status bar which doesn’t give useful information. For the full list mode only, the file manager has an option: “Disable smooth scrolling in list and compact modes”. This is very much appreciated, and all other D.E.'s should have this option. With no ability to disable smooth scroll Mousepad and Thunar steadily drive me crazy on XFCE.
One good thing OpenBox has is the easy ability to change the window appearance and fonts. (LOL although this could be unbearably slow on NomadBSD.) A palette could be chosen which makes some icons difficult to see, then the user has to choose a different tab of the same dialog to do something about it. I just don’t like this W.M. by itself then, kept having comfort issues on Bunsen Labs Beryllium which forced me to back it up perhaps to forget about it. Yeah it’s unfair.
I like the ability to make the program window nearly as large as the screen but I’m grasping so it acts like KDE, having an option “windows can cover” the panel while the panel remains on the screen. Otherwise it’s another thing other D.E. should take notice of. Some of the screensaver tricks are kewl! But I’m forced to shut down that daemon totally because in my usage it’s possible for me to “idle” at my computer for 15 to 30 minutes or maybe longer, and instead of setting it to an hour might as well shut off.
Then I installed GIMP and Wine. The former wanted at least 500MB installed LOL. Running “winecfg” didn’t give me the dialog, soon after it asked to install Wine-Mono it timed out on “wineserver” saying it couldn’t find “kernel32.dll” but kept going. But everything seems to be OK.
I’m glad to see Lxqt get some love. I really like this minimal desktop. To me, it’s like having the best of Plasma without all the extras that I do not want and never use. Lxqt does everything I need it to and stays out of the way. It doesn’t try to be everything including the kitchen sink with lots of extra color schemes for the kitchen sink thrown in just for kicks. Cosmetically, it’s a little rough around the edges but that’s hardly a deal breaker and I’d rather have Lxqt like this than all the extra bells and whistles. I look forward to seeing Lxqt evolve and I wish more people would give it a chance.
I also like the team… stefonarch as example is a bit like joe kamprad of endeavouros … just like a hack playing doing things research testing and helping a lot people on git and telegram and matrix. While developers more ik background to the git…for upcomming april update i am curius lol
Glad to see LXQt getting some love and attention. I’m very biased towards Qt based environments and applications, but I love LXQt. I use Plasma on my laptop and LXQt on an older HP Pavilion 300-020. LXQt can be themed really nicely, it’s performant, and runs wonderful on older hardware.
Wait, but Qt v6 would happen soon? So LXQt would be affected by it sooner than KDE? Would it have an effect on performance? I hope not. I’m about to update my “flagship” installation which has the latter, to the “last LTS”. I don’t know, I should get the right to block it, while updating Linux, Wine, EOS apps etc.
I didn’t want to create a new thread with the same topic, so I thought I would use this one even though the last reply is 25 days old.
Yesterday I reinstalled my laptop using “pure” Arch Linux with LXQt. I first wanted to use EndeavourOS, but the online installer just freezes (issue of weak hardware I think) and I didn’t want to install Xfce just to replace it with LXQt.
I never had such a lightweight system. When there is no application running I use up as little as 300MB of memory according to neofetch and htop. That’s less than what I was using with EndeavourOS on i3wm! Also the disk usage is really minimal, which is nice as I just have a 32GB eMMC.
I really like the qterminal. Especially it’s ability to divide the terminal window horizontally and vertically is amazing.
PCManFM-qt seems like a perfectly fine file explorer to me and I like the connman system tray even better than the one from network manager. It’s like a one-stop-shop for all kinds of connectivity (ethernet, wi-fi, bluetooth, vpn).
Now the con: It took me forever to customize the “look and feel” of the desktop. Some of the theme settings are really easy done from the on-board settings or kvantum (I would recommend to install the kvantum manager), but I was also editing a lot of config files, e.g. for adding menu entries in the application menu I created .desktop files in /usr/share/applications. There are probably GUI tools for such things as well but I didn’t want to bloat my install.
Now that I am done with the configuration it appears to be like the best DE I ever used. It’s super fast, very resource saving and good looking.
This is the same for any DE, although the recommended path is local $XDG_DATA_HOME/applications.
I can’t think of a reason to add menu entries, for existing applications, so you probably want something not existing? Then a custom .desktop file is the only way to do it.
Unless you mean something else…
Exactly, there is one shell-script I want to be able to run from the app menu and the other thing is a proprietary scanner software.
Besides that I could think of other use as well. For example if someone wants to start his update in a terminal by clicking on a menu entry, that would also be doable if you create a custom .desktop. I guess it depends on the preferences of people.
But the whisker menu of Xfce e.g. is customizable by alacarte very easy in a GUI. I think Plasma might even have some onboard GUI for that.
In general I think the more common DEs have a couple more comfortable options for customization, at least I don’t remember spending so much time on it for Xfce or Plasma. But maybe it was already preconfigured
And anyways the advantages of LXQt are making up for the time I spent. And you just have to configure it once.
Edit: In general the lack of more bloating settings and GUIs is one of the biggest advantages after all as it keeps the DE lightweight.
Themes were always a minor pain point for me with LXQt. The other issue I had is no “default” automatic tiling or fractional scaling. I’m running my EOS LXQt on a 27" 4k monitor, and tiling is extremely useful. I swapped in Kwin as the WM with Bismuth and it’s almost perfect. Resource usage is a bit higher and it adds some bloat, but still extremely performant. I’m a Plasma stan, but I think I prefer my LXQt install to my Plasma install overall.
Lxqt is basicle just a desktop environment without an wm…most wm’s is doable also some wayland wm’s but running xwayland for now with wayfire hyperland there is another workaround… almost frankenstein lol… i find it pretty simple and to setup what you want you dont need openbox you can use xfwm4 or kwin if you like that…
There is a wingmenu but is stil bit wip…cause of licende lxqt didnt added… but end april wil see lxqt qt6 curius lol