LXDE stands for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. It is by design a lightweight, no frills, computer-friendly, user-friendly general desktop control system for a variety of operating system. It is basic, and rather primitive by comparison to the slick and bigger desktops. But don't be fooled by the lightweight characterization. LXDE can do everything the bigger distributions do. It is mostly a matter of personal preference. Do you want to spend time removing bloat from a heavy distribution, or add just what you want to a lightweight one? You want plasmoids, fancy multi-dimensional drop-down menus, rotating cubes, etc, just add them. Do you want your computer to be a tool or a toy? Although I sometimes treat it as a toy, I really want it, first and formost,
to be a tool. I want it to conveniently and quickly launch and shutdown the maximum possible number of applications (softwares
) possible, and to flawlessly run these applications. The role of the desktop and its associated companions, the file browser and windows manager, is to supply the tools that do the launching and shutting down. This is where LXDE delivers. It is simple to adjust, offers a broad range of operations and performs quickly. You click on something and BAM there it is, no waiting. LXDE is the stabilist
of the Linux desktops in my experience. Things that work today will work the same way tomorrow. Finally, don't be fooled by the "conventional propoganda
" ("bull unicorns") that the LXDE desktop is only for old computers with lack-luster hardware. I put it on all my computers, some of which have 8 GB of memory and none of which has a CPU under 2 GHz, because it is the best desktop tool available. Most new computers over the past few years come with dual or more CPU's
and 3 GBs or more Ram
, which means they perform for some tasks better with a 64-bit (Amd64) operating system, instead of a 32-bit (i386 or i686) one. On such systems LXDE is even faster. Lubuntu offers an excellent ready-made 64-bit LXDE system, and the 64-bit Linux Mint with the Gnome 3 desktop can be easily reloaded with the LXDE desktop. See the abbreviated version (LXDE Quick Set-up Guide) of this Guide for installation guidelines, including a list of items that I removed without remorse from the Mint 12 64-bit Gnome 3 system adapted to LXDE.