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Razor-qt 0.4.1 running on Linux Mint 12
Developer(s)The Razor-qt Team, contributors
Initial release2010[1][2]
Final release
0.5.2[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 12 January 2013
Written inC++, Qt
Operating systemUnix-like
Available inMultilingual
TypeDesktop environment
LicenseGPL v2

Razor-qt is a discontinued free and open-source desktop environment. It was intended as a lightweight desktop environment based upon the Qt application framework, and was "tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface."[4]

Development of Razor-qt has ceased, as it has merged with LXDE's Qt port to form LXQt.[5]


Razor-qt was still in the early stages of development.[6] As of February 2012, the environment included a panel viewer and switcher, a desktop, an application launcher, a settings center and sessions. These components could be enabled or disabled by the user.[7]

Razor-qt could be used with any modern X window manager such as Openbox, fvwm2, or KWin.

The memory consumption of Razor-qt was slightly above LXDE, using 114 MiB in a reviewer's test while LXDE used 108 MiB.[8]

Merge with LXDE[edit]

After LXDE developer Hong Jen Yee ported PCManFM to Qt in early 2013,[9][10] he and other interested developers discussed a potential collaboration with Razor-qt, another open-source desktop environment with similar software design goals.[11] The first release of the new product, LXQt v0.7.0,[12] was made public on 2014-05-07.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "razor-qt / Code / Commit [r1]". Sourceforge.net. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  2. ^ "razor-qt - Browse Files at". Sourceforge.net. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Release 0.5.2". 12 January 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Five reasons to try the new Razor-qt Linux desktop". PCWorld. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  5. ^ Watson, J.A. "Want to bring that old netbook back to life? Hands-on with Manjaro LXQt and LXLE". ZDNet. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  6. ^ Reed, Michael (30 January 2012), "Razor-qt 0.4 – Qt based Desktop Environment", Linux Journal, retrieved 13 February 2012
  7. ^ Noyes, Katherine (27 December 2011), Razor-qt: A New Linux Desktop Alternative, PC World, retrieved 13 February 2012
  8. ^ Alin Andrei (19 December 2011), Razor-Qt: A New Lightweight Desktop Environment Based On Qt, Web Upd8, retrieved 21 August 2012
  9. ^ PCMan (19 February 2013). "PCManFM file manager is ported to Qt? | LXDE Blog". Blog.lxde.org. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  10. ^ PCMan (26 March 2013). "PCManFM Qt 0.1.0 released | LXDE Blog". Blog.lxde.org. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Google Discussiegroepen". Groups.google.com. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  12. ^ "The First Alpha Release of LXDE-Qt (or LXQt) is in Preparation". Blog.lxde.org. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  13. ^ "LXQt 0.7.0 released". Blog.lxde.org. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.

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