LXQt 2.0 Desktop Launches in April with New Applications Menu, Qt 6 Port

The forthcoming launch will enhance support for the Wayland display protocol. The team behind the LXQt desktop environment, known for its lightweight design, has shared insights into the progress of the highly anticipated LXQt 2.0 release.

A significant transformation in LXQt 2.0 is the transition to the cutting-edge Qt 6 application framework, promising users a more contemporary interface and a noticeable boost in performance compared to the existing Qt 5-based versions. This update will mark the complete abandonment of Qt 5 support in LXQt.

Key applications and essential components have made the shift to Qt 6, encompassing session management, notifications, power management, appearance settings, input and monitor configurations, file associations, locale settings, Qps, QTerminal, Screengrab, runner, LXQt Admin, LXQt sudo, and LXQt OpenSSH Askpass.

Other elements like the panel, desktop interface, PCmanFM-Qt file manager, LXimage-Qt image viewer, PolicyKit, PavuControl, and global shortcuts are all on track to be migrated to Qt 6 by April. This is when the LXQt developers anticipate unveiling the final version of LXQt 2.0, although a specific release date has not been confirmed yet.

The forthcoming LXQt 2.0 update is set to introduce an intriguing new feature: a revamped default applications menu named “Fancy Menu.” This enhanced menu will align with the standard offerings of most desktop environments, showcasing sections for All Applications, Favorites, and an upgraded search functionality.

Additionally, LXQt 2.0 aims to bolster its support for the Wayland display protocol. While many LXQt applications and components already function seamlessly on Wayland, the upcoming release seeks to integrate some remaining elements to optimize LXQt’s performance on Wayland.

“One area we’re addressing is the introduction of layer-shell-qt 6.0, as the current version is limited in its usability, primarily affecting the notification daemon. Another aspect we’re working on is the implementation of a task manager plugin in the panel for Wayland,” the developers explained in their announcement. “Progress is being made towards full Wayland compatibility, but it’s a journey that requires patience and, of course, contributions are always appreciated.”

LXQt’s commitment to modularity remains unchanged in the transition to Wayland, ensuring compatibility with all wlroots-based Wayland compositors. Presently, the development team is concentrating their efforts on Labwc, a Wayland window-stacking compositor that draws inspiration from Openbox.

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