Razor-Qt, the lightweight alternative to KDE, has released version 0.5 of their desktop environment. If you’re looking for a lightweight desktop environment that can use the pretty Oxygen look and integrate nicely with both Qt and Gtk applications, you might give the project a look.
From the announcement:
We’re proud to announce the release of Razor-qt 0.5, the lightweight Qt-based desktop environment.
This release features numerous improvements, bug fixes, and performance enhancements all across the board, as well as a number of newly-added components:
- Razor Notifications – a desktop notifications service
- Razor LightDM Greeter – a login interface for the LightDM diplay manager
- Razor Global Shortcuts – a service to launch commands using key shortcuts
- Razor OpenSSH Askpass – a graphical password prompt for ssh
The panel also gained several of new plugins:
- Volume control, with ALSA and PulseAudio backends
- Sensors, to monitor temperatures
- CPU monitor
- Network monitor
- Color picker
The runner can now launch custom commands as well as start VirtualBox machines.
The desktop now includes a Notepad plugin.
Other notable features include a battery meter for Razor Autosuspend, a redesigned Razor Control Center, and a Razor theme switcher.
Luckily, users of major distributions do not have to wait to give this release a shot! Pre-built packages are available for many major RPM based distributions, and an Ubuntu PPA as well!
Installation in Ubuntu is incredibly easy, as always. Just do the following:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:razor-qt/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install razorqt
Source | Razor-Qt Mailing-list