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Linux Lite 1.0.0 - A new distribution for beginners

Based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, this brand-new distribution uses the lightweight Xfce desktop and offers five years of support

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For all the media attention that goes to Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, and the other leading Linux distributions, casual observers would have to be forgiven if they have no idea that hundreds of other distributions are out there as well, each with a particular purpose and target audience in mind.

New ones pop up regularly, too, offering yet another fresh twist on the desktop Linux theme.

Case in point: On the same day Microsoft's widely trumpeted Windows 8 made its debut, so, too, did Linux Lite 1.0.0, a brand-new Ubuntu-based distribution targeted at Linux newcomers.

'Created for three reasons'

This distro was created for three reasons, wrote Jerry Bezencon in the official announcement last week. One, to show people just how easy it can be to use a Linux-based operating system - to dispel myths about how scary Linux operating systems are; two, to help create awareness about Linux-based operating systems; and three, to help promote this community.

Linux Lite is particularly suitable for people who are new to Linux, Bezencon added.

Intrigued? Here's a quick rundown of what you'll find.

1. Five years of support

Ubuntu Linux 12.04 Precise Pangolin is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, making it a popular choice among business users, in particular. Same now goes for Linux Lite 1.0.0, code-named Amethyst, which is based on that Ubuntu release.

2. The Xfce 4.8 desktop

Xfce is a very popular and lightweight Linux desktop environment, as I've noted before, and Linux Lite 1.0.0 includes Xfce 4.8, which includes a raft of powerful features.

3. A battery of apps

Among the many apps bundled in Linux Lite are GParted, LibreOffice Writer, LibreOffice Calc, Firefox, Thunderbird for email, GIMP, the XFBurn CD/DVD burner, the VLC Media Player, OpenJDK Java v6, Mumble Voice Chat, the XChat IRC Client, the Leafpad Text Editor, and Xarchiver. Many more packages can be installed in one click by going to Menu, System, and Install Additional Software.

4. Easy Updates

Aiming to make system updates something that can be accomplished in a single click, Linux Lite lets users simply choose Menu and then Install Updates.

5. Help with Drivers

Because installing drivers can be an issue particularly for those coming from the Windows environment, Linux Lite offers a simple solution: Menu, Settings, and then Install Drivers.

Linux Lite is now available as a free download in a 32-bit version with PAE support; a 64-bit version may come in the future, the project says. If you decide to give this new distro a try, please leave your reactions in the comments.


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Dexter Bond said: A nicely presented distro but in the admittedly limited testing I did on a virtualbox VM it seemed to be using around 1GB of RAM before even opening any applications This is somewhat higher than other other xfce Ubuntu derivatives such as XubuntuAgain I only glanced at it so feel free to correct me but could not spot a firewall enabled by default and the uncomplicated firewall installed but not enabled by default in Ubuntu is missing If so this seems an odd choice for a beginners distroI shall follow the progress of this distribution with interest

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