• Linux Lite

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    Linux Lite 6.4

    https://www.linuxliteos.com/

    By producing an easy to use Linux based Operating System, we hope that people will discover just how simple it can be to use Linux Lite.

    Linux Lite is free for everyone to use and share, and suitable for people who are new to Linux or for people who want a lightweight environment that is also fully functional.

    Linux Lite is based on the Ubuntu LTS series giving you 5 years of support per major release.

    The following software is included: LibreOffice Suite, VLC Media Player, Chrome Web Browser, Thunderbird Email, Gimp Image Editor, Lite Themes, Lite User Manager, Lite Software, Lite Sounds, Lite Tweaks, Lite Welcome, Lite Manual, Lite Sources, Lite Widget, Lite Upgrade, Whiskermenu and more…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDJ2-4Jgevc

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    • #2548248

      Interesting, I had not heard of Linux Lite before. It looks to be a lot like Linux Mint Xfce (their “lite” version). Both are based on Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) series.

      Only thing of concern about Linux Lite is they include Chrome which I consider spyware. Ungoogled Chromium would be much better for privacy or Firefox (which is included with Mint). But it’s understandable as they are trying to appeal to Windows users many of which use Google Chrome.

      • #2548259

        You can always replace Chrome with any browser.

        * Linux Lite will run on 768MB of RAM and 1GHz CPU.

      • #2548260

        the linuxliteos.com site says FF comes with Linux Lite. They seem to stress that they have Chrome, but FF is mentioned.

        • #2548275

          I did not find any mention of Firefox being included on their website (only Chrome). But it appears that’s because back in June 2022 they dropped Firefox and switched to include Chrome as the default web browser instead.

          Per: https://news.itsfoss.com/linux-lite-6-0-release/

          “With Ubuntu moving its Firefox version to a snap app, Linux Lite has completely ditched Firefox for Google Chrome. While I can’t say I’m a fan of this change, it does make sense, especially for a distro targeting Windows users. While you are free to install anything you like, Chrome is a popular option for most users.”

          I also could not find any info on whether they disable Ubuntu’s included telemetry (like Mint does). So between that and including Chrome makes me question the privacy aspect of their distro.

          • #2548352

            “With Ubuntu moving its Firefox version to a snap app, Linux Lite has completely ditched Firefox for Google Chrome.

            I am not sure what Ubuntu moving to Snap for Firefox has to do with moving to Chrome. If the distro doesn’t want Firefox in a Snap, as is the case with most Ubuntu derivatives, all they need to do is add Ubuntu’s Mozilla-team PPA and grab it from there. This is an actual Ubuntu-run PPA, not from a third party!

            The Linux Lite maintainers would have had to add another repo to get Chrome in there anyway, since it is not in Ubuntu’s repo, so it would not have taken any more effort to add Mozilla-team than it did to add Chrome’s repo, whatever that may be.

            KDE Neon went the Mozilla-team PPA way, and it works just fine.

            Mint and Pop! OS are two other Ubuntu-based distros that also distribute the non-Snap .deb version of Firefox. I think they just added Firefox to their own distros, but I am not certain about that.

            Ubuntu has attempted to use their status as the biggest Linux distro around to force the issue on Snaps, and instead of pushing Snaps forward, it has only made the Linux community dig in their heels and resist it that much more, while souring people on Ubuntu. Linux Mint is not in any danger from Cinnabuntu!

            Dell XPS 13/9310, i5-1135G7/16GB, KDE Neon
            XPG Xenia 15, i7-9750H/32GB & GTX1660ti, KDE Neon
            Acer Swift Go 14, i5-1335U/16GB, KDE Neon (and Win 11)

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      • #2549784

        For years, Google has paid Firefox to have Google Search as it’s default browser:

        Google Is Paying Mozilla $450M Per Year To Be The Default Search Engine On Firefox

        Yes, you can change the default search engine in Firefox, but it’s not as simple getting away from Google as switching to another browser. There are many other things you have to do (block ads, defeat tracking, etc.) to get away from the clutches of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.

    • #2548470

      Following a recommendation about Ventoy here on AskWoody, all I did was download the Linux Lite ISO file to the ‘boot’ partition of my portable hard disk then unblock it and check its checksum.

      Now I have Linux Lite (and other OS’) instantly available as bootable choices:

      ventoy_boot

      I just *love* Ventoy‘s ease of use and have it installed to a 1TB WD My Passport portable HDD as my backup solution to go using Macrium Reflect 8 Free. I can’t think of an easier solution to having a multitude of bootable ISOs always available.

      Hope this helps…

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    • #2550125

      I use Linux Lite on a very old Sony Vaio (Windows Vista era).  I made the switch from Mint hoping that Lite would run faster.  It doesn’t, but that very well could be the result of switching from a 32 bit Mint to a 64 bit Lite.  It is slow to boot and to open programs but that is not enough to make a change.  I like it well enough to stick with it.  Chrome is the packaged browser.  I installed and use Slimjet.  I am very surprised by how well maintained it seems to be based on the frequency of updates.

      This laptop does not get much use, only once or twice a week.  It sits on the desk in my home den and is used solely for online bill paying and light browsing.

    • #2550137

      I have a 16-yr-old Sony Vaio laptop (R70) of that era. (Not a great experience… but that was a long time ago. Anyone want it?)

    • #2585209

      September 4th 2023

      One six short of ‘the beast’, Linux Lite 6.6 has been released. Based on the 22.04.3 Ubuntu LTS with an xfce desktop and the 5.15 linux kernel.

      Homepage:
      https://www.linuxliteos.com/

      Linux Lite 6.6 Final is now available for download and installation. This is one our largest releases on record since we began in 2012. We’ve added 1000’s of lines of new code in the form of supporting a large range of languages. We’ve massively increased the number of language translations across the entire Menu and Sub-Menu system, by adding support for 22 Languages. We had the time to take on a task of this magnitude so we used it completely. We spent an extra month working on this massive release to improve some translations and because of a change in personal circumstances. If you speak a language other than English, we hope you enjoy a vastly improved and a more complete Linux Lite.

      WHAT’S NEW
      Support for 22 new Languages added.
      Updated to the latest stable version of LibreOffice.
      Updated Icon set.
      New Wallpapers.
      Added new install detection update for Lite Welcome.
      Added information in Lite Welcome to our new Free A.I. Chatbot – https://www.linuxliteos.com/chatai/
      The Hardware Database now has over 85,000 submissions.
      Latest stable versions of Chrome, Lite applications etc.
      Bug fixes and enhancements.

      System requirements and download:
      https://www.linuxliteos.com/download.php

      Win8.1/R2 Hybrid lives on...
    • #2605888

      Hi. Just seen this thread on AskWoody and just wanted to say I’ve been using Linux Lite for about 10 years. It gets used on an old laptop(s). I also noticed the change to Google from FF but soon had FF installed. Google is useful if a website doesn’t work with FF or Opera (or any of the plugins) but thankfully few sites fall into that category. Laptop is an HP EliteBook 8440P about 12 years old.

      I’m not a heavy user. The lap top is mainly used out and about for giving presentations. The biggest problem then is that the screen resolution is different to my desktop Win 10 PC and the font rendering sizes can increase slightly and the text wrap around so every slide needs checking.

      I also use it to backup a USB SSD connected to a remote Raspberry Pi . I have to power down the Pi and plug the USB SSD into the laptop. I’ve yet to find disk image software on Linux that works while Linux is running (like Macrium Reflect (I use this), EaseUS Todo, 2. Acronis (used to use this), Paragon, AOMEI) on Windows. As far as I known, these Windows products uses Volume Shadow Copy (also known as Volume Snapshot Service or VSS ) so the OS can keep running. But loved to be shown otherwise.

      I’ve just bought a 2 year old Lenovo laptop for c$100 and it has an SSD. Came with Win 11 Home which I do not like so I will soon put LL on that, probably as a dual boot with Win 10 Pro and/or Win 10 Pro VM. It should fly!

      On Windows I use Open Shell to give a Windows XP menu system. With 100+ apps installed they can be organised into categories. So I like the similar menu system with LL.

      Alan

       

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