A Simple Path for Installing LXQt-desktop
in Ubuntu- and Arch-based Distributions

LXQt desktop, since early 2017, has been an excellent desktop environment, thought to be suitable even for not-very-powerful laptop or desktop computers. At the other end of the spectrum, I installed it on an upper-end gaming computer and was able to run glxspheres64 at an impressive > 2000 fps. Below is a simple, step-by-step recipe for installing LXQt Desktop in both Ubuntu- and Arch-based distributions.

1) Install a distribution suitable for a low-resource computer. I successfully have installed the LXQt desktop following the directions on this page in the Ubuntu-based distributions Lubuntu-16.10, 17.04, and 17.10*, and LXLE-16.04.1, as well as in Lubuntu's long-term-release distribution, 16.04.1. I also have successfully installed it in the Arch-based distribution Antergos-17.1 minimal distribution.

2) Download et_install_lxqt_desk from our bash script download page. "chmod 755" the file so it is executable. Then, from a command line, change to the directory in which et_install_lxqt_desk resides and issue the command "./et_install_lxqt_desk".   et_install_lxqt_desk should work for most Ubuntu- and Arch-based distributions. Additionally, most non-newbies should be able to modify et_install_lxqt_desk to work with quite a few other distributions using the information provided here.

In early 2017, most versions of xdg-utils did not recognize the LXQt desktop and therefore did not work well with it. You may install our rewrite of xdg-utils-1.1.1, which does work well with the LXQt desktop, by downloading the bash script, et_install_xdg-utils from our script download page referenced above, which currently installs xdg-utils-1.1.2-et.

Finally, although LXQt seemed to work fine with lightdm display manager in Lubuntu-17.10, in general it has the fewest problems when the sddm display manager is used. You can install and enable sddm yourself, or newbies can use our very simple et_install_sddm bash script. If you are using gdm3, as in Ubuntu-17.10, LXQt also seems to work perfectly with that as well.

You also could do all the above steps in one step by dowloading and executing our et_install_lxqt_all bash script.

Remember. It likely will be necessary to issue the command "chmod 755 SCRIPT" where SCRIPT is the name of the script, before being able to execute it.

Emmes Technologies
Updated 2 Jan, 2018

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