Linux has not always had the reputation of being simple and easy to use. Linux Lite 1.0.6 is a distribution that aims to change that by making Linux more accessible to less tech-savvy users. Linux Lite is based on Ubuntu, and it uses the Xfce 4.8 desktop environment.
Linux Lite is available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions. For this review I used the 64-bit version.
What’s New in Linux Lite 1.0.6
Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:
This is our most feature packed release to date. We’ve relied heavily on feedback from the community to help guide the development of Linux Lite 1.0.6. New features include easier networking setup between Linux Lite and Windows/other linux operating systems, a system report tool to help troubleshoot problems, support for scanners, bluetooth and a brand new login screen. The Help and Support Manual is our most comprehensive to date and is available both offline and online. Thank you to everyone who contributed ideas, code and their support.
System Requirements for Linux Lite 1.0.6
Here’s what you’ll need to run this distro:
700 MHz processor+ (your CPU must support pae for 32bit, or for 64bit you need a 64bit capable processor)
512 MiB RAM+
5 GB of hard-drive space+
VGA capable of 1024×768 screen resolution
Either a DVD drive or a USB port for the iso
Linux Lite 1.0.6 Download
You can download Linux Lite 1.0.6 from this page. The file I downloaded weighed in at 758.1 MB.
Linux Lite 1.0.6 Installation
Linux Lite 1.0.6 is a live distro, so you don’t need to install it to try it out. When you first boot off your disc you’ll be taken right to the live desktop. From there just click on the installer icon on the desktop to get your install started.
Linux Lite uses the Ubuntu installer, so it’s very fast and easy to install it. You can also watch a slideshow during the install that highlights some of the features found in Linux Lite.
I recommend that you click the “Download updates while installing” and “Install this third party software” check boxes on the Preparing to Install Linux screen. It will save you time later on. I did this for my install.
The Linux Lite 1.0.6 Desktop
I was very pleased to see that Linux Lite 1.0.6 uses Xfce as its desktop. I’m a huge fan of keeping it simple, and Xfce is one of the best desktops available for doing just that. Everything is laid out as you’d expect, it’s very easy to find applications, system settings, software updates, etc.
Just click the Menu button on the panel to get started. The panel also contains icons for showing the desktop, Firefox, your home folder and the terminal.
The desktop wallpaper is rather subdued, which works very well since it puts the focus on the feather that represents what Linux Lite is all about. Lite as in “light as a feather” and all that. It’s a cute way of branding this distribution, and it makes it stand out from other distros.
Linux Software Included in Linux Lite 1.0.6
Here’s a sample of the linux software included in this release. The developers have picked the default applications wisely. There’s enough here to meet the needs of most desktop users without overwhelming them.
However, the developers did goof by not including a music player. You can download one to fix that, but it’s really something that should be included in the multimedia part of the applications menu.
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Mumble Voice Chat
PulseAudio Volume Control
VLC Media Player
Linux Software Management Tools in Linux Lite 1.0.6
If there’s a place where Linux Lite 1.0.6 stumbles it’s in software management. Linux Lite uses Synaptic as its software management tool. Synaptic works well, but it’s not the easiest or slickest software management tool available.
For a distro that focuses on ease of use and simplicity, this could be a stumbling block for people new to Linux. The Ubuntu Software Center or Linux Mint’s Software Manager would have been better choices.
Experienced Linux users won’t have a problem with Synaptic, and folks new to it can learn how to use it fairly quickly. If you haven’t used Synaptic before then be sure to read about it in the Linux Lite documentation.
Problems & Headaches Found in Linux Lite 1.0.6
I had no problems running Linux Lite. It was fast and quite stable for me. Since it uses Xfce that wasn’t much of a surprise.
If you’ve seen any problems or issues, please share them in the comments for the benefit of other readers. Thanks.
Where To Get Help for Linux Lite 1.0.6
If you’re having problems, please post your questions in the comments below or register for the DLR forum. Other readers might be able to assist you. You might also want to check out the Linux Lite forum, and the Linux Lite documentation.
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Final Thoughts About Linux Lite 1.0.6
It’s still early for Linux Lite since it’s only at version 1.0.6, but I think it’s off to a fine start. With the exception of using Synaptic as the software manager, this distro has already accomplished a large part of its mission to make Linux simpler and easier to use.
I hope that we’ll see a different software manager integrated into future releases. The Ubuntu Software Center or Linux Mint Software Manager would be good choices. I’d particularly like to see user reviews and star ratings available for applications. I think that both things add real value to any software manager, and they also help Linux newbies pick applications wisely for their systems.
Linux Lite 1.0.6 is suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced Linux users.
What’s your take on Linux Lite 1.06? Tell me in the comments below.