Lubuntu 20.04
  • Available software
  • Creativity & Inventing
  • Daily Use Purposes
  • Stability & Bugs
  • Customizability


We recommend not even wasting time and downloading this release, as it is full of errors and bugs as you have seen. It would be better to search for some XFCE or MATE powered distributions to try instead of this.

I tried Lubuntu 20.04. I wish I didn’t.

I have never seen any more horrible Linux distribution than this in my entire lifetime. And I assure you that I have tested at least +200 Linux distributions in that short life so far.

We did a review a year ago about Lubuntu 19.04, citing many bugs and issues we found. You would be disappointed to know that almost all of these bugs are still right there in 20.04 as well.

Today, we deliver even more discovered issues and bugs than before.

Lubuntu 20.04 Review

Desktop Environment

This is the default Lubuntu 20.04 desktop:

lubuntu 5

LXQt is still a horrible desktop environment, despite the fact that it has been around for years now.

The same issue of brightness management on laptops in Lubuntu 19.04 is still there in 20.04; You can not adjust brightness from any widget on the panel, you have to open a separate window for brightness adjustment and keep that damn window open all the time so that you can change brightness in different periods of the day (A reminder that using keyboard shortcuts does not give you the desired brightness level in LXQt):

lubuntu 7

Also, the same keyboard shortcuts issue is still there; You create a new shortcut, only to discover that it doesn’t work. LXQt does not automatically remove the old shortcut if it uses the same key of the new shortcut, instead, it keeps both of them and expects you to choose the behavior you want to run when you hit the key:

lubuntu 9

Notice how there are two battery icons on the panel, each representing a different battery in my laptop. While any other sane desktop environment would display both of them in the same indicator so that it doesn’t create a visual pollution on the panel:

lubuntu 11

If you open the panel configuration window, you’ll see that you can not resize it vertically, only horizontally. And it is such an transition when you do so:

lubuntu 13

Do you wonder why we opened the panel configuration window? Because we wanted to figure out how to add some damn launchers to the panel, but we discovered that this is an impossible task in LXQt.

You literally can’t add icons to the panel:

lubuntu 15

It looks like the developers’ solution to this problem was only by expecting users to create a new quick launch area, and then dragging the wanted icons for each area:

lubuntu 17

At this point I was wondering whether all of this is real or not?

I open the file manager, and it is displayed in this layout for me by default, there’s no attention to details or even basic UX in LXQt:

lubuntu 19

The issue you would notice in the file manager is that there’s no context-menu item to open the current folder in the terminal:

lubuntu 21

There’s one to open the selected folder in terminal, so they expect you to go back up by a level, and then open the folder in the terminal using that menu, and then go back to the folder again:

lubuntu 23

In their defense, there’s an option to open the folder in the terminal, but only in the “Tool” menu in the upper menu of the file manager, not in the context menu:

lubuntu 25

If you drag and drop any file/folder to any other folder, it won’t be moved there automatically. Instead, a menu would appear asking you what to do?

lubuntu 27

One area of improvement, however, is that they finally added an option for “Thumbnail view” in the file chooser dialog (Before in the 19.04 release, you would never be able to see the image before you select it):

lubuntu 29

If you try to remove a file, you would normally just use Shift + Delete and hit Enter, but in LXQt the default option is set to No unlike all the other desktop environments on Linux, so you have to also use the Left key and then press Enter:

lubuntu 31

One area to be credited, however, is that the panel appearance is very customizable; You can adjust its text and background colors, along with making it use a different icon theme then your desktop icon theme:

lubuntu 33

Closing the lid of the laptop does nothing in Lubuntu 20.04; There’s an option to change that from the power settings, but by default, if you close the lid of your laptop it would continue to run just like before.

Programs & Accessories

Lubuntu 20.04 uses a system monitor program called qps. The issue with it – apart from its interface being quite horrible – is that normally you would be monitoring the performance of a specific window:

lubuntu 35

And then in few seconds, it’s gone!

lubuntu 37

The program does not fix the location of the items in the window list. Instead, it changes them continuously per each second, so would have to click on that red underlined button to stop the monitoring, and then inspect the program you want to monitor.

But guess what? Since you stopped the monitoring (in order to not lose the current program you monitor because its location is changing), you also stopped updating the performance matrices (RAM, CPU.. etc), so this rendered the entire point of system monitoring useless. What’s the point of even using this app right now?

Remember the non-working drawing icons in the image viewer in Lubuntu 19.04? Thankfully, they work this time:

lubuntu 39

However, Ctrl + Z shortcut for undoing the unwanted changes does not work here. So if you just made a small mistake while you are modifying the image, you have to close the entire thing and start over.

Also, it doesn’t ask you to save your modifications before existing, so if you forget to do so by mistake, all your changes are gone.

One good feature we found (finally!) is that you can upload the currently opened image automatically to an online service:

lubuntu 41

And a list of supported services will be displayed:

lubuntu 43

It would return the URL of the uploaded image once it’s finished:

lubuntu 45

The default text editor in Lubuntu 20.04 is Featherpad, it is safe to say that it initially works well and is full of customization options:

A graphical password manager called QtPass is shipped by default in Lubuntu. But you would get the following error if you try to run it:

lubuntu 53

Makes you wonder why they didn’t install GPG by their selves if it is a dependency, too?

Then it would display this window for you, where no users are listed to choose from and also both the OK and Cancel button are not working at all:

lubuntu 55

If you close that window by the x button at the top right window, the following window will appear:

lubuntu 57

Which if you close, now a new cycle of error messages would appear starting from the following image, again:

lubuntu 53

You have to keep closing the following windows, until you finally reach the standalone window of the program:

lubuntu 61

And after all of this effort… You would discover that the program does not work 🙂

The final issue we ran into was that you can not resize maximized windows without hitting the “unmaximize” button first. E.g If you have the file manager window open and maximized, then normally on other desktops you can simply drag the title bar down and it will be automatically unmaximized and windowed for you. But this is not the case in LXQt, you have to hit the button by yourself. (Same as in 19.04).


Lubuntu 20.04 uses 358MB of RAM after a fresh boot:

mhsabbagh@fosspost:~$ free -m
    total used free shared buff/cache available
Mem: 3369 358 2509 29 501 2761
Swap: 0 0 0

And boots in 8.7 seconds:

mhsabbagh@fosspost:~$ systemd-analyze
Startup finished in 3.427s (kernel) + 8.791s (userspace) = 12.218s reached after 8.740s in userspace


So here ends the nightmare of Lubuntu 20.04.

We recommend not even wasting time and downloading this release, as it is full of errors and bugs as you have seen. It would be better to search for some XFCE or MATE powered distributions to try instead of this.

One would have hoped that the bugs we covered in the Lubuntu 19.04 review would be fixed by this release, but sadly, the bugs are increasing and not decreasing.

You can check our reviews for other flavors of Ubuntu 20.04 from this timeline:

If you tried Lubuntu 20.04 we would like to hear you comments about it in the form below.

Lubuntu 20.04
  • Available software
  • Creativity & Inventing
  • Daily Use Purposes
  • Stability & Bugs
  • Customizability


We recommend not even wasting time and downloading this release, as it is full of errors and bugs as you have seen. It would be better to search for some XFCE or MATE powered distributions to try instead of this.

Useful Services & Offers

Check the following list of services and tools we use in our day-to-day work, perhaps they can be beneficial to you:


Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

The reason, you get the same bugs as in 19.04 is, that lxqt component are practically the same in 20.04. Reason is, that due problem with release manager, there was no never lxqt environment release in meantime. Details in
Never version of lxqt is now released (to late for Lubuntu 20.04) so if it will get packaged for Ubuntu (maintainer is the same person, as defunct release manager), 20.10 could be in much better shape. In meantime, you can taste by installing in Arch (trough Manjaro probably?).

Chris D

Try Sparkylinux. I love it on my Netbook. It has become my go to distro. It’s implementation of LXQT is quite polished and runs on Debian.


I’ve tested it on Manjaro, the community version using LXQt is less buggy than the Ubuntu version, even though it’s a rolling-release kinda distro.

I also noticed a huge quantity of daemons and services enabled by default on the Lubuntu version. I think it also can make performance decreases and boot process longer.

List of enabled daemons/services: systemctl list-unit-files –state=enabled –no-pager
List of what is enabled during boot: systemd-analyze blame

For a distro that cares about being lightweight, fast, well… it’s fully bloated, IMO.


“If you open the panel configuration window, you’ll see that you can not resize it vertically, only horizontally.”
“The final issue we ran into was that you can not resize maximized windows without hitting the “unmaximize” button first.”

I hear you! I have to use macOS Catalina at work, same annoyance there.

Gregory Chester

Here we are again. Trying to make distro that is good for the newbie and for someone that is an active Linux user. Some of the nuances you point out should be included for newbies so they don’t wreck the system. Bugs, not so much. There are always going to be areas you cannot test for or expect. Newer distros will always take time to debug and iron out the glitches especially given the vast amount of hardware they are expected to be compatible with.

Robert Christian

I have not used linux in years because of the apps I needed all ran on windows, but I did give Ubuntu 20.04 a spin a couple days ago and if I were just using a browser, it was quite fast, compared to what I remember. However, it didn’t shut down properly for some reason. Well, back to work. . .

Mas Grande

[@Gregory Chester says Lubuntu is good for a newbie]. How is it good for a newbie when Calamares is a disaster? It complains that the ESP flag isn’t set — when there’s no ESP flag to set! The process of creating a GPT table fails for no apparent reason. That was happening 6 months before Lubuntu was released. They could have gone back to Ubiquiti. Instead, they expected everyone to *stab in the dark* forever, hoping some pattern would emerge. They didn’t expect Calamares to provide more detailed error reporting (the context of what happened). They wouldn’t even enable extended… Read more »


I just went back to 18.04. True, it was a nightmare.


This version is so dated, how do you guys manage to live in such dated environment? I would go insane.


By the way, 18.04 is an LTS release and is to be supported up to 2023, AFAIR.


My experience was great. I think is not normally or giustified put a low point valutation for a personal experience.
Many persons may appreciate what you sede Mike waste of time:
Easy installation
Easy driver recognition
Ready office and standard applications
Repeat, 4 me that’s perfect.


I use Lubuntu knowing it’s not fully featured. It’s reasonably lightweight & fast on older systems. It’s a step up from Fluxbox which is all I really expect from a windowing manager.


It’s not that fast or lightweight compared to other distros and DE’s. In my humble opinion, people seem to overastimate Ubuntu and its flavors and they keep ignoring other options.


This seems a bit harsh. Some of the annoyances for you, I would actually consider features, like shift+delete not defaulting to “yes”. But apart from that, good review. Hopefully people get involved in contributing fixes and features. I would hate to see the LXDE/LXQt community fade to oblivion, though I don’t use it myself.


Wanted a light weight distro for a 12 year old HP Pavilion, originally provided with MS Vista. Seems like the Lubuntu sweet spot, right? WiFi drivers not native in the Lubuntu 20.04 kernel. Found them and loaded after a search. Could not render any Open Office document into PDF despite using three different PDF read/ write programs. All I got was a blank page. Most annoying was the random “clicking” of the PC’s audio speakers. Added the power manager code found on various blogs. No solution. In fact I might argue the speaker “clicking” problem became slightly worse. Abandoned Lubuntu… Read more »


Go to SliTaz or AntiX
Lubuntu is bloated and overrated!


Can you provide links to the bugs you submitted please, so we can track progress?

Disgruntled FOSS Community Member

I’m all for honest reviews, but this felt like complete click-bait with the title.

The Lubuntu devs have worked hard, for free, and sure, there may be some issues, but actually most of them are to do with the DE, which if I’m not mistaken is a separate project, available on other distros, so maybe you filed the aforementioned issues there, or submitted your PRs?

The whole tone of the article is unconstructive and negative and not what the FOSS community needs.

I, for one, will not be visiting this site again.


It seems these Lubuntu devs are wasting the time downvoting comments here… Yeah, instead of doing this, they could’ve improved Lubuntu/LXQt.

But it seems they have more important things to do than working on their lovely buggy LXQt

Christian R. Conrad

Hard to know how seriously to take this review, when it seems at least one of your complaints is based on you not knowing how to use a common GUI program: In both screenshots of the task-manager thingy, whatever it was called (“qps”?), there is a downward-pointing arrow next to the column header “%CPU”. This usually indicates that the rows are sorted according ro the values in this column. When a column with rapidly changing values, like CPU usage, is selected rows will switch places accordingly, and what was the top line one instant may drop to the bottom —… Read more »

Christian R. Conrad

Funny, I can’t see why it should be hard for you to judge how seriously to take my comment, given that I told you exactly what it is based on: Knowing how to use a graphical task manager. All the rest is beyond my ken; I had never heard either of this distribution nor of you and your site before this article happened to swim by in my newsflow, so, as I said: I judged the review by this single point because that was the only thing I could judge it by. But your reply was enlightening, so now I… Read more »


Dang! You guys are tearing each other apart! I realize that everyone has different opinions (I, for one, love Lubuntu 20.04), but you don’t have to verbally kill each other over it! Everyone’s likes and dislikes are different when it comes to computers – some people absolutely LOVE Windows 10. (I am not one of these people.) So, voice your opinions, make a good discussion, and DON’T tear each other to pieces! “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” Galatians 5:15 King James Version.


I really hope they keep the filemanager’s feature to ask what you want to do when you release a dragged file, I love it. I consider filemanagers as very unpolite, clumsy and just horrible which don’t ask and instantly move. I really miss this feature in Xfce’s Thunar. I’m context menu fan, so I agree. there should be a context menu entry for the terminal in the current folder. But pressing F4 instead is a fast workaround I can live with. Lubuntu with LXDE was great, I loved to tweak it to my needs – LXQt is ookeey but does… Read more »

Alexander B

I also didn’t like LXQt and I find it as an eternal beta. I thought the settings were pretty crap, if they say GNOME is basic, LXQt won the award. Settings are missing, it is extremely basic. At the level of the Pantheon. I didn’t find a graphical way to start automatically without asking for a password. There are not many extensions (widgets) for the panel when compared to LXDE and Xfce. There are not many themes, especially modern ones There is no way to place a window to one side of the screen, dragging them with the mouse to… Read more »


OMG! Ubuntu and Reddit users hating on facts.

It seems to be a crime making criticisms to anything Ubuntu-related or is just me?


Hey hey Lubuntu is my love, she needs support not kicking! I can’t live without Lubuntu!


Use mx linux or manjaro they are better.(Or even voidlinux)

Mas Grande

MX Linux is my favorite. But, it’s not lightweight. Manjaro’s Xfce flavor was huge when I compared memory usage of 20 distros a few months ago. Linux Lite 5.0 would be my alternative to Lubuntu. Maybe Sparky (I didn’t like Sparky’s forcing obfuscated passwords the last time I looked at it). Antix is excellent for low-resource hardware. But, a little rough around the edges (like Puppy). Maybe not great for new users. Bodhi is small. But, again, it’s workflow is odd (not intuitive).


The copy-or-move menu thing in the file manager comes from kde, and to be Frank, I actually like it.


Iinux have lot problem but hope report them…


For my old-age laptop(2010), I would like to appreciate Lubuntu and LxQT desktop. I had tried Linux Mint Xfce 19.3 but the panel problem (sometimes went back to Xfce classical panel (small mouse icon?) after reboot! Where is the Linx mint Xfce panel??? crazy!) always makes me crazy! Manjaro Linux made my CPU fan crazy running and extreme hot! After shifting to Lubuntu, the system is extreme stable without any known problem. I use WPS office in stead of Opne office and it works fine! Statistics R program also works perfectly! Lubuntu has extended the life of my old Acer… Read more »


Hey, thanks for the review! Now, I do use Lubuntu 20.04 quite a bit. In fact, I am writing this comment from a computer that runs Lubuntu 20.04. Now, I hadn’t initially run into most of the bugs that you mention, so I went through the review carefully and tested all of the problems that you mentioned. I wrote this mini-review inside yours so that users who are looking into Lubuntu don’t think that all hope is lost – some people enjoy the system. Here’s some rebuttals to the issues you mentioned. 1: Lubuntu works great on older computers, even… Read more »


Funny how the last good version of Lubuntu was LXDE not LXQT. lets face it Lubuntu is dead. Even when everything is fixed it will have no clear advantage over XFCE. I guess there maybe a small crowd who want a QT based system that is lighter-weight then KDE. That does seem like a niche user-base though.

Everyone says LXDE is not longer maintained. This does not appear to be true. While LXQT is receiving more attention there is still work being done on LXDE and quite honestly I feel its a way better option.

Mas Grande

LXQt is competing against KDE. It’s a dead end. Moving LXDE forward would have been a much more relevant.

Simon James

LXDE is disconnected as far as I know, anyone developing it?


I am an advanced user rather than an IT professional. For me, lubuntu 20.04 violates the key principle of a good OS: it lacks backward compatibility. MY COMPUTER SHOULD NOT CHANGE SUBSTANTIALLY JUST BECAUSE I INSTALLED AN UPDATE. I have other things to do rather than checking how much of my personalisation and fine-tuning survived. So, in the meantime, back to LU18.04. Then we shall see.

Mas Grande

IMO, a large part of the problem is Ubuntu (Canonical) making all the flavors produce releases on the same schedule (whether there’s a reason to, or not). It’s like a death-march of feast/famine. Lubuntu 20.04 was clearly not ready for release (especially LTS!). But, the cult-like rigidity of Canonical requires everyone to produce a release at the same time. I think this is a perfect example of why Linux never gains much traction against Windows as a desktop. They opened “Bug #1” (MS has market dominance). Everyone got goosebumply feelings. That bug was closed with great fanfare (and hubris) in… Read more »


Having had such positive experiences with Ubuntu and Lubuntu before, it’s a shame to have to be negative about Lubuntu 20.04 Ubuntu became too demanding on my laptop. It is an old laptop – that I still really like overall. I discovered Lubunto and “Hey Presto!”. Fantastic. Upgrade to 18.04 caused all sorts of problems. Went back to Ubuntu and remembered why I’d switched. Saw Lubuntu 20.04. Read good things about it. Much talk of “really still lightweight”. Installed. Oh my, the freezing up! Programs (pre-installed) suddenly freezing and unusable, unable to kill them when mouse also froze. Reboots and… Read more »

Mas Grande

I understand where you’re coming from. If I were you, I’d look at Linux Lite 5.0 (it’s based upon Ubuntu 20.04 LTS). Sparky might be good (it’s based upon Debian). Antix is definitely small, but doesn’t feel as natural as Lubuntu did (when it was a viable lightweight distro). It’s based on Debian too. MX Linux is a close relative to Antix, but not lightweight. But, there are people slimming it down (using Fluxbox instead of Xfce) to be a lightweight environment, but more polished/normal than Antix’s feel. Bodhi is lightweight, but its Enlightenment desktop (workflow) doesn’t feel intuitive to… Read more »


Are you paid to do so?


I’ve recently switched from Kubuntu 18.04 LTS to Lubuntu 20.04 LTS. The downsizing is precisely what I wanted, and I’m very happy with it. Lubuntu 20.04 LTS is giving me EXACTLY what I expected and wanted and want, though I still love Kubuntu and may one day return to it. It turns out that I’ve installed on Lubuntu most of the very same software that I was using on Kubuntu, so I’m quite at home. It’s not bugs that you are seeing. You just need to figure out HOW to get what you want out of Lubuntu 20.04 LTS and… Read more »


I write down.


I choose it because my laptop is not the newest. Well, brightness… no comments. Dark Theme needed to install qt5ct, qt.. plug in, adding variables sessions restarting, trying, changing systemm config then qt5 config and so f***ing on!
CAN’T drag and drop from downlod to video!
CANT have download and video in up left panel with home and trash!


NB Lubuntu 20.04.1
And no night mode, no blue filter, no NOTHING!

Federico Peon

I love Lubuntu, I work on this distro and I find it very simple and productive. I needed a little more ram memory and this solved my problems


For me it works very well! Just installed Lubuntu 20.10 64bit on Asus T100 tablet. Very fast installation Everything works out of the box Brightness no problem Touchscreen no problem Screen rotation (when docked to keyboard) from settings no problem expect touch screen is not rotated with screen rotation and no way to do it out of the box Wifi no problem Fast on this low spec system. Firefox feels much faster than on Lubuntu 18. Only complaint would be during installation it asked for manual partitioning and somewhat complicated mount points and tags – this would confuse a non-tech… Read more »


Hello, I\’ve been using it for a few months now and its been pretty OK, really. I miss the swallow icons and it seems a bit less stable than 18.04 (TBH it is a bit crashy but I think that\’s cos my machine has quite limited memory for today\’s apps, 2Gb) but as long as you don\’t run too many progs in a Teams meeting, its abso fine.


Just adding to my comment. I read your article again and, although you are critical, I learnt quite a lot about Lubuntu which was very useful and interesting. I had not noticed the issues you mentioned myself since I just don\’t use those programs. I like the file manager \’Open in Terminal\’ thing which I had not used before and qps looks quite good actually – I didn\’t have a massive problem with it when I tested it just now. I don\’t get the doubling of the battery icon which I used to have in 18.04. The right-click and upload… Read more »

Brian Button

Where were you last week? I coulda saved some time had I read this earlier. We build systems that had been previously based on Lubuntu 16.04. We don’t need much from the desktop, just a few things really. Those are absent in Lubuntu 20.04. There is also the overall impression of shoddiness in the Apps that are there (as you pointed out). Also, I had a hell of a time finding the places to do basic things. I ended up using Bash to connect to wireless because it was faster than searching for the tool in Lubuntu. I wish I… Read more »


Had similar experience coming from Lubuntu 18.04 with Lubuntu 20.04. I went to Debian 10 minimal install debian-netinst.iso and installed the desktop with apt install lxde-core.
Works flawlessly, takes less resources than Lubuntu 18.04 LTS and seems to be a little snappier. Hope this helps


I have to agree that I am very disapointed in Lubuntu 20.04. I have been a fan of Lubuntu for years, but it is not improving. I don’t want flash features – I want a lightweight, efficient and reliable distribution, that does not load a bunch of packages that I don’t need. I discover that since 20.04, Lubuntu is no longer usable on my oldest Raspberry Pi’s (I still have some model 2s), because of resource utilisation. I have had so many problems installing almost everything I need using 20.04. I don’t think a single program has installed without spending… Read more »


I tried it myself and found it one of he least appealing Linux desktops I have used in awhile. I almost feel like the Linux community as a whole needs to stop with the fragmentation and try and decide on much fewer platforms to support. Too many spins on the same old formula. It’s hurt the great good of open source by having all these splintered desktops and forks of those desktops. Mass confusion and to be frank none of them are really very good. All the distro’s have issues. I finally gave up and went back to Windows 10,… Read more »


Been using Lubuntu for years. When the “upgrade to new LTS” popped up, I figured, why not, always been seamless before. It was like a different distro completely. Bloated, trying too hard to be some kind of mobile app with a million dialogue boxes that try incessantly to prevent you from doing things the way they have been done in every prior version. When the current LTS stops being supported, I’ll be switching 100%. Such a shame how a great distro can go to trash so fast.


Thank for this honest review because those were my findings as well as a long time Lubuntu fan! I was literally pulling my hair out recently over all the bugs in this release. And it is sad too because Lubuntu used to be my go-to distro and I would literally recommend it to everyone, but no more. I was first introduced to Lubuntu around a decade ago in college and it was simply marvelous at the time. With it housed within a VM, I could run my entire computer engineering development environment at blazing speed on a mere Atom-powered tablet… Read more »


Thanks to Lubuntu 20.04 I can use without driver issues my old netbook equipped with an atom z8385f.
With previous LTS version was a nightmare : no audio, WiFi and touchpad available.

fredsweb20078red Smith

Downloading Lubuntu 20.04 now gives you 19.10 instead. WTF?


Jeez, I hope that’s not what the future holds. I dread the thought of migrating to another distro. Tried it several times before and have always come back to Lubuntu. I’m sticking with 18.04 (rock solid) until the time comes when I have no other option.


I’m on 20.04.2 now and it’s much better than the previous 20.x versions. It’s seems quite usable.

elpidio valdez

I have used Lubuntu for years and love its fast, minimalist interface. However Lubuntu 20.04 is the worst version I have used. I am constantly frustrated by stuff that just does not work – many features accessible from the UI just don’t do anything ! I hate to move away from Lubuntu, because of the effort that system setup entails, but I think it is worth it to get a system that is basically functional. There is a market niche for an efficient OS that puts functionality ahead of fancy looks. That niche was filled by Lubuntu. What replaces it… Read more »

lubuntu 18.04 still gud

You can easily customise it and make it look good. Ive upgraded to 20.04 now, dont see much difference.

lubuntu 18.04 still gud

i didnt have any problems either other than some minor bugs. I hope theyll fix them though.


From Mess to Bless… Being fed up with all the bugs, bluescreens, viruses and the approach of windows to tell me what hardware I should buy, what apps I need to install and even bothering me with Cortana and the weather (I just look through the real window for that), I installed Lubuntu 20.04 on all our Notebooks. One of them, my personal one, is equipped with an AMD E2-9000e CPU providing sufficient power for the task. While I can agree on all your findings, even considering some of them odd, I only consider them minor usability, or optical issues.… Read more »

markus frommherz

Thank you for your review and the time, you put into this niche distro. Your review on the money. I agree with critical comments. Written on lubuntu 20.04.1 on Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1535M v5 @ 2.90GHz Yes performance counts and I will keep it 🙂 BUT: Everybody else should stay away and use anything else for now. Only If you have a lot of time at your hands, and are willing to sacrifice convenience for speed. I am still using it, accepted, that it is a lot not as convenient, as in refined and widely tested DE’s. One, because it… Read more »


Very good review, thanks. 
Here’s another problem:
Preferences-> Apply Full Upgrade – This installs all kinds of additional software.
For an opensource OS, to take control away from users over what software is installed, is insane.


Thank you for an honest evaluation. I downloaded and installed Lubuntu 20.04 and kept thinking, that I am doing something wrong all the time, because the system did not behave nicely at all (at least not in my older laptop). I should have read your newsletter before installing.


Well…Lots of things missing when coming from 18.04 for one used to productivity shortcuts and more (installed it ~3 days ago), and I was very dissatisfied and was thinking about erasing and reinstalling 18.04, or erasing and just expanding the partition of my old 18.04… Then I started looking for and implementing solutions for all those little things that actually make all the difference for one used to working fast(er) with them, and now I find that besides being beautifully well polished, the system is pretty nice… Here are the issues I’ve had & their solutions: – Switching windows accross… Read more »


You are spend 80% of this article about how it looks, but do you now why lubuntu was created??? This is not a ‘super duper shiny hiper fast’ version of linux for generation 10 or higher processors with 100 GB RAM. Nothing is for free. If you want something fast on 2nd gen processors with 2 GB of RAM, well… On old computers priorities are little bit different mate than be a ‘super duper shiny’. More important how many space be taken by system after installation, how fast will be booting, how many memory this system using. Trust me, the… Read more »


I agree. Long time user of lubuntu, but 20.04 is very bad. Now i will try Mint xfce.


The Lubuntu 20.04 is really a nightmare. I have installed it on my refurbished laptop which was upgraded recently with new SSD drive 500 GB and also 8 GB DDR3 RAM upgrade and I was shocked when I couldn’t even change the input keyboard method using the keyboard shortcut! I will replace it with some other linux distro


Useful Services



Become a Supporter

For the price of one cup of coffee per month:

  • Support the FOSS Post to produce more content.
  • Get a special account on our website.
  • Remove all the ads you are seeing (including this one!).
  • Help us get to our goal of 100 supporters, to start many initiatives.

Opinions Column

Recent Comments