This year's LinuxTag conference saw the release of siduction-14.1.0-lxqt images (64-bit only), code named 'paintitblack' if that's of any interest. The LXQt spin is currently the only one available, download it here directly (793 MB). Unfortunately their home page has recently fallen victim to the trend of having the forum replace a proper main page, but paintitblack is a great way of trying out this offering from the LXQt guys in a live session. If you don't know anything about Siduction reading the top of the manual page might serve as an introduction to the project. Best of all, as it's a continuation of previous work done in those other two projects, LXQt is now in version 0.7 and supposed to be usable in production environments.
Here are some screenshots:
You get a couple of applications but as this is a live CD for showing off the LXQt desktop the choice is of limited value and ultimately not important. However, we get the Plank desktop bar on top of the screen with links to PCManFM file manager and a virtual terminal, the medit text editor, HexChat, the Clementine audio player, Zimbra Wiki and a screengrabber. This bodes well for any upcoming non-dev version, except Qupzilla as a browser which choked on a number of web sites. Chromium or Iron would be a better choice here, or perhaps one of the many stripped Firefox builds like Abrowser, Burning Dog or Pale Moon. Or why not Iceweasel. We also get links to IRC, the manual and the installer, which opens in a browser, on the desktop.
The control center supports most of the usual choices in a form we have come to expect, like adjusting screen resolution and the like, and the Openbox window manager settings are integrated into the panel. Apparently Razor-qt did Xinerama well and it can be hoped this has carried over. Settings can be started from the bottom panel which also houses few widgets to the right not dissimilar to KDE 4, like the removable devices manager.
Some applications in the Graphics subsection. Menus have a slightly outdated slide-out effect, very much like the one known from Win98. This manages to look a little stylish and retro at the same time but can be disabled in the effects settings.
Preferences and ...
Fortunately it was possible to install and use additional software in the live session and Chromium made uploading these shots a lot more bearable.
Overall it feels like a stripped down KDE desktop, or as I like to say, KDE 4 light done right. You get an elegant, modern look that LXDE has not been able to achieve while it was stuck on Gtk2 and it looks like their long announced intent to move to the Qt toolkit has paid off.
If you are using Slackware, Razor-qt was in Slackbuilds for 14.1 and I would expect LXQt to show up for the next Slackware release. Until then, we can always compile like true slackers. For Arch it's already in the repos and packages are available for several other distributions as listed on lxqt.org.