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Linux Lite 1.0.6

November 4, 2013
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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.

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Preinstall Boot Menu

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Preinstall Boot Menu

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.

If you’re a distrohopper then you might want to try it in a virtual machine via VirtualBox before running it on real hardware.

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.

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Prepare Install

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Prepare Install

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Install Type

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Install Type

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Disk Erase

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Disk Erase

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Slideshow

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Slideshow

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Multimedia  Slide

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Multimedia Slide

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Gaming Slide

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Gaming Slide

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Login

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Login

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 Lite 1.0.6 Desktop

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Desktop

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Menu

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Menu

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Home Folder

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Home Folder

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Settings

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Settings

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.

Games
Buy Humble Bundle Games
Steam

Graphics
GIMP
Image Viewer
Scanner

Internet
Firefox
Mumble Voice Chat
Network Connections
Thunderbird Mail
XChat IRC

Multimedia
CD/DVD Burner
Audio Mixer
PulseAudio Volume Control
VLC Media Player

Office
LibreOffice
PDF Viewer

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.

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Synaptic

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Synaptic

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.


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17 Responses to Linux Lite 1.0.6

  1. rijnsma on June 5, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve tried the version based on Xubuntu 14.04 and I think it is very good.
    It is stable as a rock, it does the things an OS has to do without bugs (as far as I can see) and it feels
    nice and sparky, crispy or whatever..

    But… it is (X)ubuntu, Mint, etc. I don’t mind. As long as it can do the normal things day-to-day for me.
    But when you’re looking for a great adventure it is not in this one.

  2. Terry Moore on May 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on my desktop as it doesn’t seem to support pae. I eventually found this out by switching of silent mode (using tab to edit the command line).
    I then get the error that my CPU doesn’t support pae cx8 cmov and that I need to use a different kernel.

  3. Cooter on April 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

    VLC also functions as a great audio player, it’s all I use actually. So it’s not really missing an audio player, per se.

  4. Cem on March 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    When booting up after installation, I keep getting a msg after I install Linux Lite or any other Linux OS that I have tried “missing operating system”. I have been able to install and use Linux on two other PCs that I have with no issue but for some reason this one is giving me a headache. Anyone able to tell me what I am doing wrong?

    It is an older PC but decent for speed and memory. 2.3GHz and 1.8G RAM and 300G HD so plenty for Linux OS to run.

    Any input is greatly appreciated! :)

    • Henrik on March 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      I dont know exactly what you have been doing – or with which distro – but I have used this way:

      First I have downloaded the iso file from the distribution I wanted.

      Then, with the help of the Universal USB Installer – which is easy and intuitive – I have made a USB-stick.

      That did the trick…

  5. George on December 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Installed Linux Lite 1.0.6, but it won’t recognise the root password, so cannot access package manager or anything else!

    • eu3dfx on March 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Try
      “sudo [command]“,
      all debian packages have root blocked, you cannot log into it but you can acces a command as root with Sudo

  6. Eddie G. on November 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I’ve used Linux Lite for about 8 months now…and have no “real” complaints, my only nit-pcik is….when you have say…..Thunderbird open on one desktop interface, (since I am a tech-junkie, I usually open Firefox on another desktop…have my VLC media playing my tunes on another desktops..and finally have Pidgin on the last desktop using all 4 of them daily!) but when I click on a link in TB it opens in Firefox just fine….but the Firefox will “snap” to the same desktop that TB is in…and it becomes a cumbersome task to have to constantly put the FF icon BACK in the second desktop!…especially if you have a LOT of emails with hyperlinks that you have to check for work…..other than that though I think L.L. is setup perfectly, its overall layout is simple enough to get new Linux users up & running with minimal fuss, and if they continue on with the XFCE desktop environment, they could become as big as openSUsE and Ubuntu as a viable alternative OS for machines that are still running Windows Vista/XP, they could even become a “standard” in the corporate world if they get enough backing and support! Good Job all around!!

    • Huseyin on November 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      This is probably a setting issue which you can adjust under Window Manager Tweaks, Focus tab. You should set “when a windows raises itself” option correctly. It is probably set to “bring window on current workspace” by default. So choose one of the other two options depending on your convenience.

      • Eddie G. on November 8, 2013 at 12:16 am

        Thanks so much Huseyin!…that worked!….NOW I’m moving at warp speed!…LOL!

        • Brian Masinick on November 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

          Glad that Huseyin pointed this out (and I don’t mind in the least that he ‘beat me to it’! (smile)

          Occasionally I will run into this. Xfce has a couple of buttons (choices) in the Window Manager tweaks. I generally check the Window Manager settings, File Manager settings, and, generally speaking, go through each of the tabs and features in the Xfce Settings Manager when I first install a new system containing Xfce.

          Occasionally the features will change slightly between releases; for the most part, there has been a great deal of consistency in the manner in which Xfce handles the user interface.

          One relatively minor change, but one that I find somewhat annoying in the most recent release of Xfce that I use on several systems is the lack of persistence in which desktop the applications saved are handled when a new login session is started.

          In the past, you could set a specific application to display on a specific desktop, even in a specific location. This no longer functions the same way; at least I’ve not been able to consistently get the same results.

          I’ve been looking for an answer to this but have not located it yet. If I’ve just missed a setting, I’m open to ‘correction’; personally, I think it’s a regression in the implementation in the newest version; until at least V4.8 it worked. Not sure about 4.10 or 4.11.

  7. Rev on November 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    As geezer geek stated already, VLC is a more than adedquate music player and is all that most people would need. It won’t create and organize a music library, but it can create and use playlists and can open up entire folders worth of music to setup continuous play.

  8. Torin on November 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Linux Lite is a great distro. Although I wish they’d change the bland generic name.

  9. geezer geek on November 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I have been using Linux Lite on an old HP netbook and it works great.Also VLC media player plays music just fine.

  10. jetro on November 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

    i have a problem how to use linux in diskless…..where i can download this os n how can i use it in diskless….in 18 pc

    • geezer geek on November 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      What is a 18 pc? If your computer will boot from USB you can put the OS on a usb thumb drive or buy a cheap usb dvd drive and install from that.Also the link to download Linux Lite is in the article.

  11. T. Bass on November 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve been using Linux Lite for over a year now, and have had no problems whatsoever. It’s installed on an old Averatec, AMD single core laptop, with only 2GB RAM, but it performs all tasks handily.

    I really appreciate the clean simplicity of Xfce as well. This New Zealand based distro is keeping my old laptop alive and working well. I tried several other distros on the machine, but it didn’t have enough power to smoothly run them.

    I’m sure when XP expires, many will be looking to replace it with a secure, low-resource usage, easy to use distro, and Linux Lite would certainly certainly fill the bill.



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