LXQt 2.0.0 arrives based on Qt 6.6, several improvements for Wayland and this list of new features

LXQt 2.0.0

After 8 years of development, in 2021 I arrive LXQt version 1.0.0. It was to be expected that after overcoming the barrier of 1, the next major version would not take so long to land, and that moment occurred a few moments ago. As we read in this GitHub page, the launch of LXQt 2.0.0 It is now official, and has at least two proper names: on the one hand Wayland, and on the other the version of Qt on which it is based.

Wayland is a word that appears up to 13 times on this release's GitHub page, and it's no surprise. As we explain in almost every release of a new version of any distribution or graphical environment, most projects are or are moving towards that direction, and the LXQt project He told us about his related plans already in February. What you have below is a list of the most notable new features of LXQt 2.0.0.

Highlights of LXQt 2.0.0

General

  • LXQt 2.0.0 is based on Qt ≥ 6.6.
  • The PCManFM-Qt desktop module, LXQt Runner and LXQt Desktop Notifications are completely ready to be used under Wayland composers that support the layer shell protocol, such as LabWC, Wayfire, kwin_wayland, Hyprland, Sway,…
  • Wayland will be the main target for LXQt 2.1.0, as Qt6 was for LXQt 2.0.0. The components that still No. Wayland-ready features include ScreenGrab, LXQt Global Shortcuts, the LXQt Panel taskbar and keyboard prompt (but LXQt Panel can be used under Wayland without those plugins), some input settings, and monitor, power button, and settings. screen lock. However, most Wayland composers have tools that can be used instead, so an LXQt-Wayland session is already possible for advanced users.
  • LXQt Panel has a new default app menu called Fancy Menu, which includes “Favorites,” “All Apps,” and improved search.
  • QTerminal is the only application whose port to Qt6 will be published separately, as complications occurred due to the removal of legacy encodings in Qt6. Until then, its Qt5 1.4.0 version can be used.
  • Full support for Wayland has been added to LXQt Runner and LXQt Desktop Notifications.

LibFM-Qt/PCManFM-Qt

  • The desktop module is completely Wayland ready, thanks to layer-shell-qt6. Now, PCManFM-Qt can give you a real desktop not only with desktop-agnostic X11 window managers, but also with Wayland composers that implement layer shell protocols, such as those based on wlroots or KWin. Also, see Using Low Desk Wayland on Wiki.
  • Updated LXQt Archiver and Arqiver MIME types in LibFM-Qt.
  • Some menu icons are added.

LXQt Dashboard 2.0.0

  • Fancy Menu is added as the application's new default menu. (The old menu remains, but it is no longer the default menu).
  • Added Wayland support for positioning the panel using the shell layer.
  • Various fixes.

LXQt 2.0.0 was announced a few moments ago, and that means that its code is now available. It will soon appear in some distributions with a Rolling Release development model.


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