LXQt 2.0.0 arrives with the long-awaited transition to Wayland, QT 6.6, improvements and more

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The new version of LXQt 2.0.0 was recently released and this release arrives with a number of significant improvements and new features which make it even more attractive as a desktop environment. And in the development of this new version and development branch, the developers focused on the transitioned project components and applications from Qt 5 to using the Qt 6.6 library.

This includes installing older libraries in parallel with new versions of LXQt 2.0.0 using Qt 6 to ensure the correct layout style of applications using Qt5 and implementing the file open dialog offered in LXQt .

What's new in LXQt 2.0.0?

In this new version that is presented of LXQt 2.0.0, in addition to what was mentioned, we can also find that The environment has been adapted to work with the Wayland protocol. Although not all LXQt components have migrated to Wayland in the current release, full support is expected in LXQt 2.1, scheduled for this fall.

In LXQt 2.0.0, Full compatibility with Wayland has been achieved in several aspects, including the notification system, dashboard, logout interface and LXQt settings, as well as most applications.

Another important aspect worth mentioning about working with Wayland is the Wayland composer support that implement the "layer shell protocol", such as LabWC, Wayfire, kwin_wayland, Hyprland and Sway, With this, LXQt 2.0.0 provides an improved experience in Wayland.

It is worth mentioning that plugins that remain to be translated from the panel to Wayland Included are ScreenGrab, LXQt Global Shortcuts, LXQt Panel's taskbar and keyboard prompt (but LXQt Panel can be used in Wayland without those plugins), some input settings and monitor settings, power button, and locker. screen and screen lock and certain LXQt Panel plugins.

In addition to it, LibFM-Qt/PCManFM-Qt has been fully prepared for Wayland thanks to layer-shell-qt6. This means that users can now enjoy the desktop in both X11 environments and Wayland composers, such as those based on wlroots or KWin. Also updated LXQt Archiver and Arqiver MIME types and added some menu icons.

Moreover, LXQt Runner and LXQt Desktop Notifications have also been updated to offer full compatibility with Wayland, ensuring that all essential functions of the desktop environment work seamlessly in any graphical environment.

It is also highlighted in LXQt 2.0.0 that the new LXQt Panel default application menu, “Fancy Menu”  was updated and improved, now including "Favorites", "All Apps" and an improved search, Wayland support was added for positioning the panel using the shell layer and several fixes were made-

Additionally, it has been mentioned that the release of the QTerminal 2.0 terminal emulator, translated to Qt6, will be released later, and until then it is recommended to use Qt1.4-based QTerminal 5.

Finally, it is also mentioned that for those interested in having the Qt5 style and the Qt5 file dialog with LXQt 2.0.0, Qt5 based installable packages may need to be renamed lxqt-build-tools, and libqtxdg, so that they can be installed in parallel with their Qt6 versions. Additionally, the spot release of the Qt5-based version is required for correct configuration of the Qt5 source (see release note).lxqt-qtpluginlibfm-qtlxqt-qtplugin-1.4.1

If you are interested in learning more about it, you can consult the details at the following link.

How to obtain the new version of LXQt 2.0.0?

For those who want to update or install the new version, it is worth mentioning that at the moment the pre-compiled environment packages are not yet available. So the only way to install the new version is by compiling the source code.

The source code for LXQt 2.0.0 can be obtained from the following link and you can follow the instructions build here.

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