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DistroWatch.com: Linux Lite

Linux Lite

Last Update: 2017-10-26 05:39 UTC


Linux Lite is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution based on Ubuntu's long-term support (LTS) release and featuring the Xfce desktop. Linux Lite primarily targets Windows users. It aims to provide a complete set of applications to assist users with their everyday computing needs, including a full office suite, media players and other essential daily software.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 18 (498), 6 months: 19 (452), 3 months: 21 (439), 4 weeks: 28 (389), 1 week: 28 (384)

Average visitor rating: 8.43/10 from 61 review(s).


Linux Lite Summary
Distribution Linux Lite
Home Page https://www.linuxliteos.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual/
Screenshots https://www.linuxliteos.com/screenshots/DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.linuxliteos.com/download.phpLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/security-bug-fixes/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-08-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.6
 • 2017-07-30: Development Release: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta
 • 2017-03-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.4
 • 2017-02-28: Development Release: Linux Lite 3.4 Beta
 • 2016-10-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.2
 • 2016-10-05: Development Release: Linux Lite 3.2 Beta
 • 2016-05-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.0
 • 2016-05-09: Development Release: Linux Lite 3.0 Beta
 • 2016-01-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 2.8
 • 2016-01-12: Development Release: Linux Lite 2.8 Beta
 • 2015-09-01: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 2.6
 • 2015-08-07: Development Release: Linux Lite 2.6 Beta
 • More Lite releases...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 3.6 2.8 1.0.8
Release Date 2017-08-31 2016-01-31 2014-01-16
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1000-1015    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd Upstart
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4    
Multilingual      
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List 3.6 2.8 1.0.8
Package 3.6 2.8 1.0.8
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3 4.2
bind (9.11.2) -- -- --
chromium (62.0.3202.94) -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42
firefox (57.0) 55.0.2 44.0 26.0
freetype (2.8.1) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8
gcc (7.2.0) 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 2.8.16 2.8.10
glibc (2.26) 2.23 2.19 2.15
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.36) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.18.9 2.24.23 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- --
k3b (17.08.3) -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 --
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 --
libreoffice (5.4.3) 5.1.6rc2 5.0.4rc2 3.5.7
linux (4.14.1) 4.4 3.19 3.8
Package 3.6 2.8 1.0.8
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.10) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- --
mesa (17.2.5) 17.0.7 10.5.9 8.0.4
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) 8u131 7u91 6b27
openssh (7.6p1) 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1
perl (5.26.1) 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2
php (7.1.11) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.3) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- --
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3
qt (5.9.2) 5.5.1 5.2.1 4.8.1
samba (4.7.3) 4.3.11 4.1.6 3.6.3
systemd (235) 229 204 --
thunderbird (52.4.0) 52.2.1 38.5.1 24.2.0
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.3
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.2 2.1.6 2.0.8
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.11.8 4.8.3
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.4
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Version: 3.6
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-11-21
Votes: 0


What a great Linux Distro!

I have an older PC with a hard drive that only works when it wants to.

Downloaded the Linux Lite Distro on my laptop and burnt to disk and I was up and running able to watch my favourite video clips in less than 30 minutes.

This distro does what it promises! Brings older machines back to Linux Life... and does it Lite :)


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Version: 3.6
Rating: 2
Date: 2017-11-12
Votes: 1


Another "stable and light Xfce distro" without any edge compared to dozens of other distros.

If you get it installed (you've to chose English language, if you chose any other language the installer crashes) and you work with it (day-to-day use) you realize there's no need to install it anyways, a distro that doesn't support UEFI?? There're at least 10 Xfce-distros with the exact same basics that support UEFI properly.

They did the basics very well (like anyone can do), but this distro is just another repetition of the same old stuff you can find everywhere with some major downsides.


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Version: 3.6
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-21
Votes: 4


I used to have my older laptop running XP, and I wanted to bring it to life as a media computer for Kodi and such hooked up to my TV. I had problems using Mint and Ubuntu before on this particular laptop, and then tried to use Linux Lite for this purpose on this machine, and it worked like a charm. I recently installed the newest version of Mint on it now though, as I do prefer Mint a bit better over Lite as I use Mint on my other main computer as well. However, I would definitely recommend Linux Lite as I only have great experiences with it! And I like how far it has come, from versions 2.X to now 3.6. Two thumbs up from me.


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