Yesterday Lubuntu released with its first LXQt major release (0.13). I was looking at the filing on Distrowatch and noticed what appears to be bloat. I have attached their distrowatch record (an image). I think that the bloat in size is generally due to the addition of LibreOffice (they used to offer GOffice). However, the emphasis in their announcement is the addition of LXQt (not the addition of space hungry LibreOffice)… well you get the point. The messaging is NOT clear.
Here is the DW quote:
We conclude the Ubuntu release day with Lubuntu, a popular Ubuntu variant which, until recently, featured the lightweight LXDE desktop. Starting with version 18.10, the distribution has finally completed its intended switch to LXQt: “Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, Lubuntu 18.10 has been released. This is the first Lubuntu release with LXQt as the main desktop environment. The Lubuntu project, in 18.10 and successive releases, will no longer support the LXDE desktop environment or tools in the Ubuntu archive and will instead focus on the LXQt desktop environment. You can find the following major applications and toolkits installed by default in this release: LXQt 0.13.0, with many bugfixes and improvements backported from upstream; Qt 5.11.1, which is the first point release in the Qt 5.11 series; Mozilla Firefox 62, which will receive updates from the Ubuntu security team throughout the support cycle of the release; the LibreOffice 6.1.2 suite with the Qt 5 frontend; VLC 3.0.4 for viewing media and listening to music; Featherpad 0.9.0 for notes and code editing…”