In Episode 119 of Third World Linux, I was gushing over Lubuntu with the XFCE Panel, the Whisker Menu, the indicator plugin, Numix themes and the arc theme.
Caveat: I realise it's probably better to get a minimal Ubuntu install and build up from there (i.e., install openbox, xfce4-menu, etc...), but I like some of the LXDE tools and I'm too lazy to track down the individual packages.
Also, this isn't really intended as a tutorial for the wider world but rather as a bit of documentation for myself so that I can replicate what I did the next time I nuke and pave a machine.
Here we go.
XFCE Panel, Whisker Menu, Indicator Plugin
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin xfce4-indicator-plugin
The config file to edit your Lubuntu session is /home/yourUser/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/desktop.conf
Find the line that says:
and change it to:
Restart your computer.
I'm not gonna get into how to configure the panel itself but the long and short of it is that I started with the default config, put the panel on the bottom, yanked out the default XFCE menu and replaced it with the Whisker menu, and added the indicator plugin.
When configuring the Whisker Menu, change the log out command to lxsession-logout to get the logout button to work.
Numix and the Arc Theme
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:numix/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install arc-theme numix-blue-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme-square
Open up "Customize Look and Feel". Use Arc for the Widget, Numix Square for the icon theme, and Numix Blue for Window Border.
Hit apply and you should be done.