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(some messages have been edited to remove any negative references to other linux distros as well as spelling and punctuation edits)
Have now downloaded Linux Lite on 6 machines in total, 4 of which belong to my friends. Everyone makes the same comment - fast and reliable. One was blown away just how much his 7 year old Acer Aspire has been rejuvenated. Just upgraded to Linux Lite 2.6 - seamless as per usual. I just hope one day Jerry and all the team have their names up in lights.
Just upgraded from PClinuxOS to Linux Lite 2.4 for my old and trusted Dell D630 with 4gb ram 500gb hdisk. Its just flying along like nothing before. Fan runs all the time but not fast (its a hot summer as well) I am now really thinking about a SSD hard drive, that seems to be the only thing left to update. Just 8.65 on cpu blowfish benchmark. Well, there is life left in the old dog after all. Thanks good people from Linux Lite. I will donate a fiver (at least).
Thanks a lot, the best distro. I have tried lots of distros but this is the best. Good job.
Thank you for the excellent Linux Lite! It is really comfortable and productive. Good luck!
I love the new Control Center. It is very intuitive and even more logical than Windows Control Center. Much better than Ubuntu's Options menu. All the options are gathered in one app, very well organised and very easy to use.
I really love Linux Lite. I've chosen Linux Lite mainly because of the super easy SAMBA sharing configuration. Thanks to your tools and mainly your Help Manual & already pre-configured 'smb.conf' file, I was able to set up SAMBA sharing easily and fast. When I tested other distros, they didn't have anything in the 'smb.conf' file, only some information which I couldn't understand. Online manual wasn't much of a help either (too complicated). Then also because I wanted something light, and I like XFCE. My laptop came with a Windows Vista on it, which was horrible. It was slow, after quitting games, Windows haven't responded much for a few seconds (It was very laggy). Now when I quit the same games, no system slowdown or anything, Linux Lite works much faster overall, uses much less RAM, which is very helpful with my 2GB of RAM. Linux Lite also comes with some other great tools like Lite Tweaks, Lite Control Center, Lite Software and other, making things easier for Windows users. I recommend reading the great Linux Lite Manual. I hope Linux Lite is getting more and more popular, and I hope you are getting more and more support. You are doing a very great work. One of the best free as in freedom, and free as in price computer projects ever in my opinion.
Excellent Distro, thanks! I run an old PC (Celeron 1.8Ghz, 1MB Ram) which I use as a HTPC. Previously used Crunchbang (development now discontinued) so looked for alternatives. Needed a balance between support for old hardware and usability. Tried Lubuntu, Xubuntu, MInt, LXDE but Linux Lite is by far the best for my needs: looks better and works straight out of the box, even supports my old NVIDIA card! As an experienced WIn user, I really like the desktop environment; the fonts & background images, the searchable 'Start Menu' and the way the desktop shows mounted usb drives and allows you to store files and folders too. Great to find a distro that allows me to keep using old hardware. Well done, thanks again!
I would add one additional word to 'simple fast free'...robust.
Leonardo Fanucci - Italy
Best Linux ever. I love it.
I love Lite! I use it on my old laptops. I run it in Vbox on my main machine as my go to OS.
BRILLIANT. As a first time Linux Lite user, and absolute amateur, I just successfully and so easily downloaded this. Awesome!!
Linux Lite is the best OS for me. I am browsing sites, playing video on Youtube or another site faster than Windows. I set Linux Lite as a default OS on my laptop.
I have been using Linux Lite for around 5 or 6 months now. Had been using Ubuntu before that for around 4 years, alongside XP, but changed to Linux Lite as Ubuntu was getting slow. It is the only operating system on my computer, and I love the fact that there is software available for almost every use, and once you are familiar with the programmes they are easy to use. I keep asking myself, why are people paying for Windows when Linux is available?
For us older generation Linux Lite 2.4 is a god send. Many grandparents now use Linux Lite 2.4 to talk to their grandchildren. Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts both work great on Linux Lite. Can't thank you enough Linux Lite. Unlike Windows it finds the drivers for you for printers, scanners and cameras etc. Thank you so much Linux Lite.
Installed on a 6 year old single thread Celeron Toshiba laptop with 2G of RAM. Now it can play YouTube again. Why Linux Lite isn't in the top 10 on Distrowatch I don't know. Maybe because people to install Linux Lite are not distro hoppers. I'm a bit of a distro hopper myself and must say Linux Lite 2.4 may break my habit. Installed, it simply works, now I'm going to play golf.
Very good distro for 32bit pc's and notebook's and 64bit as core 2 duo, i3,i5. No more time to think viruses, updating and slow systems. I just install it for all the people asking for help with their pc's. It is a success story every time. It is as fast as my Mac of €2200. Thank you to all the Linux Lite team.
Linux Lite is now my go to Distro, no rubbish or hidden agendas! Will be donating via Bitcoin soon, please keep up the good work.
It's an awesome OS, I have ever worked with. The installation was very smooth and the OS seamlessly detected all the hardware's in the machine and was up and running in less than 20 seconds after the installation and reboot. Thanks to the Lite Team for their relentless work and delivering such an awesome OS.
All I can say that Linux Lite is the best so far.
Just did a 'test run' of 2.4 on live USB... I was totally BLOWN AWAY with all of the great system tools and well, everything that's included in this great package. I'll be keeping this USB drive in my pocket, so I can share this with everyone. Thank you for a fantastic distro!!!
Linux Lite 2.4 runs beautiful, some accessories applications like Docky and Slingscold work extremely well. The icons were made perfectly sized. This is a job well done. Congrats.
Great distro, been using Lubuntu for the last 5 years and was seeing what to replace XP with on my mother-in-law's netbook and came across this. You've squeezed a lot into the ISO, it works beautifully so far.
I've used Linux for many years (Ubuntu and Mint) but I must say your Linux Lite works great out of the box! It brought an old desktop of mine back to life! Thanks for the excellent work.
Have an old laptop running Windows 7 which (despite attempts to slim down) takes far too long to boot and do stuff. Linux Lite is brilliant in comparison - super quick, easy to use, and everything just works. Needed to keep some Windows Apps and Linux Lite installed with dual boot no problem.
I just replaced Windows XP completely on my wife's old Inspiron 9300. It's really lightweight and I am loving the Linux Lite flavor. It's got a modern look and has everything she needs for school projects and even has the Steam client!
Had Windows 7 for years and replaced it with Linux. Spent way too much time fixing problems with updates etc. and paying for antivirus. Tried Ubuntu and Mint 17, they were ok however they had a few quirks here and there with new ones popping up regularly. Linux Lite is perfect for everyday computing and is becoming polished and more popular. It is stable, easy to program and I can add software with little or no quirks that I could not easily straighten out. Let's face it, life dishes out enough problems and aggravation, why not make computing life simple and easy. Once you try it, I am convinced you will embrace Linux Lite as I did and stay with it.
Hi, I've installed Linux Lite 2.4 to replace Xubuntu and I love it, I feel it is better. Tumbler is fast to load thumbnails, light and easy to configure. Synaptic, gksu, unrar, LibreOffice, hardinfo, a backup tool, VLC preinstalled. You can add apps fast with Lite Software (Kodi, Chromium, Deluge and others). To finish I want to say that I'm a XFCE user, i've tried Linux Mint XFCE (not bad) and Xubuntu (not bad too) but I Linux Lite 2.4 is the awesomest. It is, fast and slik easily configurable. Defaults application are a must and Linux Lite is a good choice for everyone want to try gnu/linux or to find an alternative for XFCE.
I have been using linux systems for a couple of years now(at work as well as at home). Choosing a linux environment at work is easy as all I need is access to the terminal. But when it comes to laptops and even netbooks there are a ton of options out there. I have tried almost all of them, right from arch linux to ubuntu. Some of the light weight ones as well pup, pearl, pear, bodhi, crunch bang, slitaz etc. Some of them were hard to get all my day to day applications to work. Some were just frustrating to configure the wireless radio. Some of them had tons of apps that I don't even care for and had to remove them. Finally after 3 weeks of testing Linux Lite I can say I have found a pretty decent linux distro for my netbook. Its light weight, has sensible working applications that I love to use and worked out the box on both my netbook and my old compaq laptop. Would like to thank the team who made a huge effort to make it simple and uncluttered. The choice of applications in the Lite software package is perfect for everyday users. I would however recommend 2 more for daily users. 1 a DLNA server maybe minidlna(basic dlna not fancy stuff and light weight) 2. download manager (maybe jdownloader). Keep up the good work guys. Would definitely recommend Linux Lite as the choice Linux distro for home users.
I love trying out NEW Linux Distros and sometimes stick with them for awhile, but I always miss the simplicity and stability of Linux Lite and end up going back to it sooner or later. I like the upgrade on the installation of additional software where you can install as many as you want together. Also, I have tried it on many old and very old computers and laptops and it detected ALL of the hardware every time.
Hello to you, and a big thank you! Thank you for your creativity, your creativity is remarkable, elegant and simple, wow! What a wonderful mind and imagination and or imaginations, it shows so much in this design, and that, you can not get from Windows! Awesome!
This is a great OS for an old computer, I am using it now on a computer with 512mb ram and it runs ten times faster than XP that was on it. I had tried the latest Ubuntu and that was too slow.
I've been using Linux Lite for about 6 months and I love it. Everyone should use it.
I installed Linux Lite on a friends desktop machine that was running Vista...yuk. She had never been exposed to Linux in the past so I thought this would be a good distro for her to get her "feet wet" in Linux. Boy was I correct! She loved it and remarked about how fast her "Norton free" computer was running now and how easy and intuitive Linux Lite is to work with. Her Vista was clogged with all sorts of garbage-spyware, adware, keyloggers, you name it. Linux Lite is, IMHO, the perfect way to expose a Linux noob to the world of computing the way it is meant to be! Many thanks to all the developers of this fine OS!
I really like the default theme and felt right at home instantly. Have tried a few "light" desktop distros on this old laptop with a single core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB ram and yours is the snappiest. Thank You!
I have Lite installed on the 32bit netbook I use as my entertainment device and it's as solid as a rock with every function I need. I use Mint on my work laptop but I'm considering going to Linux Lite 64bit on that. Linux Lite is fully featured and as stable as any distro I've used. Keep up the good work.
I plan to make Linux Lite my primary OS on my laptop and secondary OS on my desktop (both will be dual booted with Windows 8.1). Linux Lite recognized all of my hardware flawlessly, it seems fast, stable, and elegant. This is possibly the best implementation of the Xfce desktop environment I have seen. The quality of your work deserves every dollar of my donation. However, it was not just the quality of the OS which convinced me to make my donation. Reading through your forums, I saw something I had not seen with the other distros. I saw a creator who was actively involved in the forums, who was listening directly to the suggestions of the users, and who was making the best attempt I have seen to create an inviting environment to new Linux users and that is something I can really get behind.
I have always loved the idea of Linux, but there has been a common negative attitude among long time Linux users and communities towards newer users / people who have been long time windows users. Their attitude is summed up with "maybe you should just stick with Windows" or "Linux is not for you". Nobody has said this to me, but when I see them saying things like this to other people who are just trying to get in the Linux door, it irks me. In my opinion, this is a big reason as to why Linux still only has a 5% market share in the desktop world. Your community and OS goes against this negative attitude and creates an inviting environment for new users to join in on the Linux fun. I believe in your cause and look forward to future Linux Lite releases.
I would like to thank the team of developers for such a nice operating system. I have only been using Linux for a couple of years, and have tried more than a few distros. I started with Ubuntu 12.04, but was never satisfied with Unity, so I tried Debian, Slitaz, Zorin and others and found most of them to be very unfriendly to new users, the ones that were more friendly just didn't have the feel I was looking for. I have been using Linux Lite since 2.0 and just recently upgraded to 2.2. One of the things I love about Linux Lite is that it is easy on old hardware. I am currently running it on an old Acer Aspire One AOA150 that i got in 2009 with 1GB ram. Linux Lite works great I have even been able to run VirtualBox on it with XP to run some of my old go to win programs. The team is doing a great job, keep up the good work.
It has been a real pleasure being able to work with the creator of the project and get action on items immediately. That has definitely never happened before in my experience. I sincerely appreciate your dedication.
I work for an ISP who is switching everything over from a Windows mix to a pure linux environment with Linux Lite as the primary workstation OS and Centos for all servers.
I been tinkering with linux since 2003. I'm a power windows
user that's always kept my eyes on linux. Reading the changelog
and installing the latest distros has always been leisure for
me. However I only found a few distros to be usable and still,
most do crash (I know it's usually the blame of the hardware
drivers but still annoying)
I love Linux Mint, but recently found Linux Lite mentioned in the latest edition of Linux Format. Someone was just flat out praising it how some obscure hardware they had wouldn't work on any distros except Linux Lite. It just caught my attention.
Now, I installed it on 2 older laptops. A Gateway NV59 and a HP Pavilion DV4-2160US 14.1-Inch Laptop. I know if I installed a XFCE based Ubuntu or even Mint it probably work just as well, but something about Linux Lite. Maybe it's your modification of the UI/icon placements/where certain things are, etc. It is just awesome. I'm surprised it's not that popular hence I came on here took the time to register and wanted to just give the people behind the project a big thank you!
Hey there folks really liking your OS it's brought back an old laptop I had to life. Keep up the great work.
Have been using Linux for about four years, and just
discovered Linux Lite. Downloaded, installed and updated.
Using linux Lite on an old dell desktop and its flying along.
Very impressed with this Distro.
Hi! I believe I am here to stay for a while. I've been using linux for a number of years and was looking for a fast, less bloated distro and came across linux lite along with a number of other distros. Not criticizing the other distros I tried, but I found this to be the best of them. Easy to operate, easy to add my old standby programs and tools via synaptic. Wonderful distro and great forum!
I've recently downloaded Lite on to my little Asus Eee PC and I have to say I've been blown away with its user-friendly features, clearly the best of the lightweight distros. I've tried countless distros but Lite is by far the snappiest. Will alert my friends/relatives to it - most of us are sick of Windows. Well done and all the best for a bright future!
Really enjoying Linux Lite. I have been using it for about a
year now and first installed it, because I was looking for an
easy system that would work well for an elderly friend. I liked
Linux Lite so much that I kept it and I have also installed it
on 4 friends computers, and all of them have had a very good
experience with it.
I have been a Linux user for more than 10 years, and my first really successful system was Debian. I moved to Linux not long after Windows XP arrived and I found it was too much of a resource hog on my Windows ME vintage computer that I bought in Jan 2001. Thanks to various Linux systems that computer was in regular use until only a couple of months ago, but I have finally pensioned it off because the Power button is now so worn that it is difficult to start! My current computer is about 6 years old and I was using Archlinux as my primary system until falling in love with Linux Lite!
I find Virtual Box an invaluable tool. When helping friends with sick Windows computers I would run Windows XP (my legit paid for copy!) in Virtual Box to help me think of solutions. I run the 64 bit version of Linux Lite, but I also run a 32 bit install of Archlinux in Virtual Box so that I can use a "problem" glaze software programme that needs some 32 bit libraries that Ubuntu don't have any more.
I also use Wine for Il2 Sturmovik 1946 (a wonderful flight sim), and have wine happily running a 32 bit environment for this game. Very clever of wine to be able to do that on a 64 bit system I think!
I am really impressed with the usability of Linux Lite. I like it that Libreoffice, Wine, and Gimp are kept up to date. Xfce is also really nicely presented by this distro. Some wrongly claim that this is simply a rebranded Xubuntu, but Linux Lite works so much better for me, and I like the default selection of applications better too.
Sincere Thanks to all of you who make Linux Lite possible.
Hey +linux lite - Your Linux Lite Distro is one of the
BEST out there. Light on resources, works on just about ANY
computer and gives them new life. I have installed on an Acer
One D255E Netbook & Compaq V2000 Notebook with ease.
Have been recommending for all in my tech circles as it works practically "out of the box" from a USB stick or CD. Really respect you and your team. Thank you for putting out a top notch product.
Linux Lite 2.0 is awesome.
Your system is great. I've been telling everyone. I plan to donate in the near future, but I felt a need to give you praise for your work via email. My friend's Daughter now can have a computer to do school research on. He couldn't afford a new computer, but I was able to find an inexpensive older computer for him. After installing Linux Lite 2.0, his Daughter is using the old machine for doing homework.
I love this distro! Very light on resources, yet fully featured enough to be used as a daily everyday OS. This is what Windows WISHES it could be! Keep up the good work reviewing these distros, we Linux users need all the up-to-date info we can get our hands on. I’m going to be using “L.L.” for a long time…(or as long as the developers remain working on it!)
Linux Lite is cool. And easy to use. Coming from a distro
junkie like me, high praise indeed.
I have used Linux Lite 1.06 on an old clunky emachines laptop – works fine. I have now got Linux Lite 2.2 on my work machine (that’s great praise believe me) and also on my old Lenovo netbook. As the article says; no crashes. It is simple, clean and everything I have used and grown to love over the years on my old Gnome 2 boxes works great. And being Xfce based, it means I can set it up my way – which is a real winner for me.
Linux Lite has never let me down. It just works.
Linux lite has never given me problems.
Can't believe it's not more popular, I was running Mint 17.1 Mate but every time I hovered over a mp3 file it would lock up. So I moved back to Linux Lite, it just works and I can get work done.
I was recently distro hopping and found Linux Lite v2.2.
I love it! It seems peppier than the other distros that I had
tested. It easily handles my dual monitor configuration. The
text editor, Leafpad, surprised me. You can save a text file
with one of several end-of-line formats. ( <CR>, <LF>, OR
<CR+LF>). That means that you can save a text file in a format
that can be viewed on Microsoft Windows without using the
unix2dos file converter utility.
I expect to stay with Linux Lite for several years. As you Brits say, it does what it says on the tin.
Found my home. Dammit I just keep coming back to Lite. I
love the little linux distro. Fits me like a glove. I feel like
I am the master of my domain. Does anyone know what I'm saying?
I Started Ubuntu 10.10 years ago and that was so disappointing. No not at the distro or even the Linux as an OS. I just had no clue what I was getting into. I think I broke it that same night. I was so clueless.
Gone back to Win7 for a few more years and saw a YouTube video and that peaked my interest again. By that time I was gonna try Ubuntu 14.04 and this time after watching a few hundred bash and distro install videos I decided to give Ubuntu another go. This time I managed to keep it going for over a month with out breaking it. Unity was fun but I got sick of it fast.
So I came across a few more reviews and found Linux Lite. I liked it and played with it a few days. Burnt me a CD and still wanted to see the others.
Tried to install Open Suse and I think something went wrong and bailed. Went back to Lite.
Few weeks later thought I try something else. Starting to figure this stuff out.
I tried Linux mint KDE and I liked it but so much eye candy and stuff to play with and adjust. I did not like the Activities thingy and the different types of desktops and all I wanted was to put icons on the desktop. So I bailed on that but kept the disk.
Back to Lite.
Tried some Jeos and did not get far with that at all. Tried FreeBSD NOPE never even got it installed.
I thought I should have to try Red Hat too but it seems like that's not a free distro.
Back to Lite. Think I'll stay a while.
I just installed Linux Lite for my mother. She's been
running Windows 7, but her system has been wrecked by malware
(she's not the only one in the house who uses the machine). She
was complaining about how slowly it's been running lately and
about the ads, popups, etc. I decided that rather than format
the drive and reinstall Windows, I would just replace it with a
Linux distro. I tested a few, and Linux Lite seemed best suited
for the job.
Looking great so far. Doing a dist-upgrade at the moment. She'll be getting back into town, Monday, and I'm going to surprise her with it!
Hope everyone is doing well, and thanks for the cool distro!
No more distro hopping for me. This is what I've been looking for. I've installed Linux Lite 2.0 on my Acer Aspire 1410. It has a Core 2 Solo and 3gb ram, 250gb HDD.
Everything worked out of the box. My favorite apps were a breeze to install and this distro runs great on this machine. The screen is broken so I've hooked it up to a 1600x900 monitor and even that was detected and ready to go out of the box. Now it serves as a desktop PC with my wireless mouse and keyboard combo.
I first installed the 32 bit version, but now I have the 64 bit version installed. For some reason the machine seems to run faster on x64.
Love the GUI, Love the simplicity. I'll be sticking with Linux Lite for a long time to come.
I've been using Linux as primary operating system since 1999. I have just installed Lite 2.2 Why I have not done it before??? Great distro. It is a distro I definitely would recommend, also for those who use Windows XP
Keep up the great work, you've made an excellent distro! The LTS factor is much appreciated. Thanks.
I installed 2.2 Beta a few days ago and now it's my
favorite Linux distribution: easy to use, fast and versatile. So
far I have experienced no glitches, though I can't get the
weather screenlet to work for my address.
I gave up Windows a couple of years ago, feeling I had no control over the processes in my own computer. I especially like Linux Lite's lack of the paranoia that makes free access to my network files difficult in many other versions of Linux.
I've been using some form of Linux since 2007. Even though Linux Lite mainly targets Windows users, I find that is suitable for the more advanced Linux users as well. It has a nice blend of sane, simple defaults and minimal bling while also being attractive. Major kudos to the devs.
To the devs: Keep up the great work, you've made an excellent distro! The LTS factor is much appreciated when many other distros are trying to be bleeding edge. Thanks!
I'm an 3D and 2D animator in San Francisco. I am a newbie to Linux Lite who has moved to Linux from Win XP. I never have looked back. I recently installed Linux Lite 2.2 on two laptops I found in a raging rain storm bound for the recyclers. They run great!
I been tinkering with linux since 2003. I'm a power
windows user that's always kept my eyes on linux. Reading the
changelog and installing the latest distros has always been
leisure for me. However I only found a few distros to be usable
and still, most do crash (I know it's usually the blame of the
hardware drivers but still annoying)
I love Linux Mint, but recently found Linux Lite mentioned in the latest edition of Linux Format. Someone was just flat out praising it how some obscure hardware they had wouldn't work on any distros except Linux Lite. It just caught my attention.
Now, I installed it on 2 older laptops. A Gateway NV59 and a HP Pavilion DV4-2160US 14.1-Inch Laptop. I know if i installed a XFCE based Ubuntu or even mint it probably work just as well, but something about Linux Lite. Maybe it's your modification of the UI/icon placements/where certain things are, etc. It is just awesome. I'm surprised it's not that popular hence I came on here took the time to register and wanted to just give the people behind the project a big thank you!
First, kudos for a fantastic release of Linux for Windows users. I started my career in Unix cli, switched to MS OS and have mainstreamed in Windows server OS ever since. All this to really say I have dabbled in Linux for the last 5+ years looking for a really good Linux release...never quite found what I was looking for until now. Here it is. Thank you. With this release, I will be evangelizing this version of Linux to all those frustrated WIN8.x users. I have installed this on an Acer Aspire 5750, an Acer D255E Netbook, all good. Thanks again, great job.
This is a grrreat piece of work.
Your tutorials are really helpful (and I'm very experienced with Linux) and better than many out there.
It's good to know that someone's are really making Linux more accessible, and breathing new life into old machines, that may otherwise hit the rubbish tip.
XFCE is a good choice: it's really so light on resources, and much more efficient and tidy than OpenBox or LXDE, especially for migrators.
It's a really pretty distro, too, nice and bright, nice and light, in more ways than one.
Good work, and many thanks.
I love Linux Lite.
I bought a new laptop in January
I have installed Linux Lite. I have used it for the last 10
months and I love it.
Thank you Linux Lite team!!!
We now have Linux Lite on 17 machines. Support costs have
dropped from $3,825/user/year to $422/user/year if current
trends continue. That would be a savings of almost $60,000!
I did run a test against a few Lubuntu based distros and Linux Lite was lighter on resources, more stable, and in general a more complete OS. Again, thanks for the miracle that Linux Lite actually is. I have a Compaq 4400 that was new in 2006 and it runs better than my brand new Asus running that MS OS that I have to use as a development machine.
Just popping in to say hello and to express my thanks for Linux Lite 2.0. This distro is absolutely amazing. So polished, so light, so damn good. The best XFCE based Ubuntu distro available, hands down.
I was looking for a simple, easy to use and lightweight distro. I found it. I share a computer with my mother, so it was important for her to have ease of use - and Linux Lite is it.
I have used Ubuntu for some years at work, but at home I
usually used Windows XP. Now, I am searching for alternatives as
I have a (not so) old computer (AMD Sempron, 2GB RAM and GeForce
4) and Windows 7 is not a good alternative for such as computer
and Ubuntu does not support my graphic card and it is too heavy
for my old computer.
Thus, I have arrived at Linux Lite some days ago and I am really amazing by the result. I have not tested it too much, but I think it could become my operating system for the next years.
I'm a long term Linux user who has never settled on one distro for very long. I have poor attention span I guess! Although Linux in some flavour has been my only OS at home for over a decade my journey has been so smooth that I haven't really become an expert in it, except in areas where I have needed to learn my way around.
For the past few months, I have been installing Fedora with Xfce which I love, using it for a while and then replacing it with Linux Lite which I also love and so on. Currently back on Linux Lite.
Saw a YT video recently suggesting Linux Lite 2.0 is a good
replacement for XP, from 'Britec'. I was favorably impressed. I
immediately went and grabbed the ISO's (32/64 bit), a spare HDD
for a tired (XP) Dell Latitude laptop and went to town. The XP
HDD has not been back in the drive bay since! Long time Windows
user with some (minimal) Unix (Bell Labs) background. The long
list of software add-ons is great and in general the transition
was nearly painless, LOVE IT!
One note, Netflix add-on SW did not say anything about or include Pipelight, which is required. I had done some reading prior about MF and Linux so I was aware (or had a hunch) and once I installed that, NF worked no problem.
The only other observation I have so far is that disks seem to show up as 0 bytes. If you select everything in the window you get stats but the disk alone seems to return 0 for some reason.
Next up, a HTPC build. After surveying the distro's out there, I think I happened on the right one and will be using it there too (that's why the 84 bit ISO).
Thanks so much for your efforts and I think Linux Lite's philosophy is going to make it HUGE! That's my prediction.
Signed, a new, thrilled and happy Linux Lite 2.0 user!
Just installed Linux Lite on two of my XP suffering cpus and going all steam ahead...grandkid's never had so much fun, Papa loves it too.
Having been a Linux user since 2009 I have tried most of
the big ones out, Ubuntu, Mint, Mandriva, Puppy, Arch etc. I
fully moved over to Linux from day one as you got to be in it to
win it! I came across Linux Lite 2.0 while watching YouTube and
thought I would give it a go...WOW I know it's Ubuntu/Debian
based but it gets things so right! I have now installed it on my
desktop and lappy as I am so impressed, I have installed extra
software repositories and I couldn't be happier.
A huge thumbs up from me.
I was using Kubuntu on a desktop as my first Linux OS. After a couple months I decided my 7 year old laptop needed to be switched from Windows to Linux. KDE was too heavy and tried Ubuntu but didn't like Unity. Searched Distrowatch for Debian/Ubuntu based distros and found Linux Lite among a few others. Played with all of them for a few weeks and found Linux Lite to be a great OS for this particular laptop. All the hardware worked and it was fast like when I first bought it. I've been using Linux Lite to convert friends and family to Linux ever since.
Was an XP user forever...that being said...used it mainly
to play cash on line poker. Started with Hold'em and switched to
PLO. Then the big "no more XP support" announcement came. Did a
Google search and found Ubuntu 14.04. Tried it out...didn't like
it very much. Did another search and found Mint 17, really liked
that one and was dual booting with XP until the HDD went on my
Shortly after that a friend gave me an old rebuilt Dell Dimension 2400 with a fresh XP install. It's too small for a full distro and a dual boot. Found Lubuntu and used that with a dual boot...found it much too unstable and thoroughly detest PCManFM. Started another search trying to find a distro without PCManFM as the file manager. Found Linux Lite2 and am quite satisfied. Linux Lite2 has all one could want and need, it's lightweight, easy to use, and pairs well as a dual boot in a baby box. If for some reason the XP messes up, will have no problem using Linux Lite2 as a stand alone. Good chance will be giving this Dell to my grandson to use, after repairing the HP.
Nathan A. Wofford
Thank you so very much for the time and effort you and your people have put into Linux Lite. Version 2.0 64bit has got to be one of the greatest operating systems I've ever seen. I first installed 1.0.8 32bit and have recently upgraded. I've been telling everyone I know about it (almost shouting from the rooftops). It's everything Bill wishes he could come up with. Be careful he might try to steal all of your ideas for his bloated piece of crap OS. I installed a few other Linux OS's along with XP a few years ago, but now, after trying 2.0 64bit I am completely sold and I will never look back. It feel like I have been paroled from MS prison. Thank you again. I am a fan for life.
I dumped Windows XP about 2 weeks ago because I got sick of the no support and constant crashes. I decided on Linux Lite because I did not have a big disc (DVD) to burn the ISO. After 3 days of running Linux I can already do way more than any windows machine I owned in the first few days of owning it. Linux is awesome. I messed with it when I was a kid but nothing serious. I am glad I decided to try it again, I will never buy another windows machine again.
I am 64 years old and have part of F/OSS since 1987.
Contributed to the LISP compiler in EMACS way back when. I am
developing a computer for Education, especially Home Schooling
in the United States. I work full-time as a Certified Mac Tech
during the day, and have been away from Linux for some years.
Since I am going to put Linux on the Educational Laptop, I had
many, many new distros to try and install. Wow, are things
In short, though, Linux Lite rose above all others. I cannot bow deeply enough.
I am even running it on a Mac Pro Tower with 9TB of storage over the set of drives. This is amazing. The desktop works with the most elegance of any. Simply, it does *everything* right. Everything. It's like you went down a checklist of Perfect Things for Linux to do, and you made all of them work.
I've been with Linux Lite since 1.06 both 64 and 32 bit and can honestly say its amazing and versatile. I've been distro hopping since 2004, but haven't felt the need since Linux Lite. Plug-n-play all the way :-)
Don't change a thing with Linux Lite EXCELinux LiteENT OS.
I am new to Linux and tried a few distros and Linux Lite was the easiest and MOST enjoyable one to use. I really didn't like the supposed light capabilities of Ubuntu Mint. The fact this is LTS encouraged me to use this on my old XP machine. Thanks to Linux Lite I can say goodbye to Windows and all the hassles that come with it.
The best Linux for Windows XP Pro/Home. If your computer is running Windows XP, and you can't upgrade, download and install Linux Lite. It's fast and very light weight with your ram. Linux Lite 2.0 is awesome.
Probably the most well-built Linux distribution I've ever had the chance to play with. I've been a 'distro hopper' (one who tinkers, uses and tries out multiple Linux distributions w/o committing oneself to one in particular) for a couple years now, but that may have come to an end. Linux Lite is appealing to the eye, light enough to run on older hardware, and backed by not only one of the most well known and stable distros, but a team of motivated, intelligent and community-friendly teams. Great job, Linux Lite Team! Keep it up! :D
When it comes to my servers I use Ubuntu Server LTS all the way, but when it comes to desktop OS for myself or my users it's Linux Lite hands down. It just works and works well. It has everything that you could need out of the box and easy to install the extras down the road!
Linux distros I have tried so many and have spent so much time playing with them that I felt hopeless to find the right balance between reliability, configurability, and usability. I own a .Net development company, we are Microsoft partners and now we will switch to Linux thanks to Linux Lite. After experimenting on a few workstations I can honestly say that our support costs have plummeted. I have never thanked Microsoft for anything... but I will thank you! Linux Lite is by far the best, most stable, and fastest OS I have ever used. Kudos!
Vast improvement! This Distro will take them all back a few years. Great Job Linux Lite Team!
Wow, what a great operating system is this. I also tried
a lot of other linux distro's, but now Linux Lite 2.0 is the
BEST!!! Everything just works out of the box. I 'm using Linux
Lite 2.0 on an old HP laptop, an old Dell laptop and a lot off
other minimal hardware. It's amazing what you can do with Linux
lite on lower system requirements. Now I don't need to buy very
expensive hardware anymore. Just with some good basic hardware
and Linux Lite on it, can become a very nice computer.
You did a very good job with this linux. It 's my first OS now!!!I hope it will get the best and first OS in the world! Eat this Microsoft. Thanks!!!!
I have a Dell D800 laptop from (maybe) 2004. Love Linux Lite 2.0. Broadcom 43xx (wireless) wasn't even an issue on this OS. All you Linux users know what I'm talking about. Best of the best!
I've tried over thirty Linux distributions now, all on the same piece-of-junk laptop. While they've all worked better than Windows Vista, none have been better than Linux Lite. Words cannot describe how grateful I am towards these people for delivering such a superb experience to my poor machine. Kudos to you guys!
I tried almost 30 versions of linux. I love love my Linux Lite...works so great...not one issue..or one weird flaw.
I have an old Acer Aspire 3000 laptop that was new when XP first came out. Single core CPU and now 2 gig of RAM. This runs as fast as my desktop with Lite I love it and may just upgrade to Lite 2.0.
I last touched UNIX about 15 years ago, running a large
manufacturing system.. I am now in my "golden years" (the big
70th birthday a few months ago), and I received a laptop with
Windows 8.(If Microsoft made a vacuum cleaner it would also suck
!!!..Not my quote ) I now have a extremely responsive laptop,
running Linux Lite 2.0.. I first went to Linux Mint (Cinnamon),
polished, but "heavy", even on the SSD. Next, to the other
extreme, Bodhi Linux..Amazingly fast, but a "tad" too
minimalist, and lacking in some areas..Then to Manjaro, again
very fast, but just not a comfortable experience. The Linux Lite
development team, has my sincerest congratulations on such a
polished release, that, as a user, gives me a comfortable and
secure feeling. It boots up so quickly on my SSD, that the
screen is fully loaded, before the Wi-Fi has a chance to connect.
It is so refreshing to be away from "Window" clutter, and to
have such a clean desktop... Right clicking on the desktop, to
bring up a menu has an certain intuitive feel to it. It could be
argued that with the specs on my laptop, that I don't need a
"lightweight" installation. My argument for Linux Lite, would be
to point out that the applications included with the install,
are anything but 'lightweight', and I can add whatever "eye
candy" I would like to the desktop, (if I wanted to..which I
don't). There is a world of difference between a "Minimalist"
installation, and Linux Lite. The former is very fast, because
it has very little installed, the latter is also very fast
(responsive would be more appropriate.."fast is too subjective)
because it was designed to be, and not because it has been just
stripped to the bare bones, necessary to boot up. I want a clean
uncluttered desktop, in conjunction with a set of quality
applications, and a very responsive system. That is what I now
Oh, BTW, the touch screen on the laptop works perfectly (not that I have really found much use for it). My German Shepherds' nose also works really well on the screen.!!!
Once again, Kudos to the Development Team, and I look forward to future developments.
First of all I would like to thank the Team behind Linux
Lite for their great work! I, as an owner of a, by now rather
old Acer Aspire One A110L have had a hard time on finding a
distribution that would work well with this little machine. Then
I found Linux Lite and after a minor difficulty during
installation (encrypting the home folders appears to cause the
installation to freeze when being run on an A110L), everything
was fine. There wasn't basically anything more to be configured
and the performance is good enough for my use cases. What I find
particularly great about this OS, is the Additional Software
Installation Menu which offers an easy installation of almost
every basic things one might need (iPod Support, Skype etc.).
Amazing is also the Steam Integration, that allows me to chat
with my friends on the platform!
For other A110L Users: you might not have to throw away your machine when it slows down, it might be your SSD! Back in the day (2008) SSDs did not support TRIM, so it was likelier for them to fail after a few years. That was what happened to mine so I replaced it with a compatible one (an e-bay or amazon search should help). For the rest, one can upgrade the RAM, as there is a hidden slot behind the mainboard. And with 1.5Gb RAM and a new SSD, at least for me, I regained a fairly well working netbook with almost everything working (I only still have some issues with recording audio)
So, thanks again for the great system!
I just want to say that after hopping all over the place I have settled on Linux Lite 2.0. I have used Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Mint, PCLinux, MX-14, Debian & Puppy. This Distro is by far the most polished & easiest to use. Even though I am not a newbie, it gets tiresome constantly tweaking & messing with the system just to get it to do what I need it to do. This distro worked straight away out of the box. There are a few little imperfections that is shared with all xfce distros, but they are the fault of the upstream components not Linux Lite. All in all a great job on a great distro!
Hello all, Allusoar here. I have been in the Linux community for about half a year now and I love it. A couple months ago I decided to completely leave Windows in favor of Linux. I have tried as many distributions as I can, nearly all of the major distributions. I will list the distributions I have tried below, but enough of that talk. I would like to say that this distribution is definitely in my Top 10 Linux distributions. Simple yet complex, stable, lite, so many things I could list. After going on a 2 month distribution binge, I have finally found the one I want to settle down on. This Linux distribution makes me feel at home. I have had no problems with this distribution yet, on top of that I would like to go into more detail. The download for it took less than 10 minutes, the install took 2 minutes, boot up is less than 30 seconds, a blazing fast distribution that I would recommend to any Linux user. Home at last.
Happy to be a new Linux Lite User.
Already finding help for my noob problems here. Must say that this forum is invaluable helping this new Linux user jump the Windows Ship.
Greetings from Wisconsin!
Over the past 15 or so years, I have been a pure IT manager and watched my UNIX/Linux/BSD/etc. skills fade. I used to be quite proficient in system admin work, writing Perl scripts, etc. For a while, I thought FreeBSD was the end all/be all of operating systems, particularly for servers.
With Microsoft's recent sunset of Windows XP support and my owning several older PC's that still seem to have plenty of life in them, I started to look at lite distros. I initially decided to install Lubuntu on one of my old PC's and was amazed at how simple it was to install. I was hooked (again) on the freedom, tweakability, speed, innovation, etc. of an open source operating system. I “binge” installed several distros including Elementary, Zorin, Puppy, PCLinuxOS, SolydX, etc. Each of them have a lot of strengths and breathed life into my old PC's. But for whatever reason -- whether it was the video resolution, Wi-Fi connectivity, detecting hardware, general error messages, UI, or whatever else -- I wasn't completely happy. Maybe I have some strange hardware configurations. Plus, I'm a musician and wanted to try Ardour as a new DAW alternative to my older Windows-based packages. Unfortunately, not all of my audio hardware was recognized by several distros and there were usually some other audio issues.
Then I discovered Linux Lite. It installed quickly, recognized all of my hardware and just worked!
I'm not entirely sure why Linux Lite doesn't get more great reviews & props because I have found it to be just about perfect for my needs. It has just the right balance of ease of use, great hardware detection, awesome speed & performance, selection of pre-installed apps, aesthetics, tweakability, etc. And this support forum has been a great way to get answers to questions.
I've already told several family members and coworkers that Linux is no longer a black box with a mysterious question mark on it. It is ready for prime time use by every day users. And the distro that I recommend, based on looking at several, is Linux Lite.
HUGE thanks and props to Valtam and the rest of the Linux Lite developers for creating an absolutely fantastic distro! And thanks for supporting this support forum!
I have had a perfect experience with 2.0 Everything worked great. Using PlayOnLinux I have Diablo 3 and Star Wars Empire at War working. This is on a Dell Latitude E6420. I switched over from Xubuntu and couldn't be happier.
Installed "Lite" on an ancient DELinux Lite 610 laptop which was creaking under XP. Flying now and good battery life too. Fabulouso!
Great distro! Keep it up keep it going, keep it maintained indefinitely! Go Linux Lite!!!! Linux lite 4ever!
It is the best OS I have used so far in about 10 years of
Linux. But Lite (still until update) has a bug with the
desktop-icons, those tend to go all to the left side of the
The use of launchers for icons (instead of making them from the old menu, maybe also from Whiskers), and in 'settings-desktop-icons' switching off trash, filesystem, removable disks on the desktop does (almost) cure this problem, it looks like.
But in the meantime: this is a fantastic software, fast, crispy, stable, no problem, what so ever.. better than Xubuntu itself, better than Mint, which I used with great pleasure until now on several partitions.
I will use it as long as it is this good.
I converted to Linux about a year ago from windows XP. My
first foray was another flavor of Linux ubuntu based that was
highly rated. It had numerous quirks in many programs and I
could count on a complete crash multiple times a week where
power button was my only recourse. I decided to try Lite 2.0 a
couple weeks ago. The install was a breeze. Configuration was
easy and the choice of programs is very good. I'm blown away
that every quirk from my previous flavor is corrected and I have
not had a system freeze up. The whole team did a great job with
this and I will be a long term user of this operating system. My
thanks to all that had a part in this. Great job! The only
suggestion I would make is a simpler image program. GIMP is
probably a great program once learned but it seems like there is
considerable learning curve and I'm wondering if there isn't a
simpler program that covers the majority of a persons needs.
Otherwise, just wonderful Operating system. So pleased with it.
One of the fastest and simply elegant distros I've used to date. How could anyone even think about using Windows when you have an OS like Linux Lite 2.0 it just works! This has been my go to distro that I use for getting friends and family to switch away from Microsoft. It even comes with PlayOnLinux which supports Microsoft Office installs for those who complain they need their Office. There's also a free online version of all Microsoft Office Products you can use from your web browser so you don't even have to install it. The developer of Linux Lite OS has polished this OS from top to bottom and the software installer script which was written in bash using Zenity makes it a no brainer for people new to Linux to be able to install commonly used software. Thanks for creating a quick & all around great distro. I hope you continue to keep this project going as it is in a league all by it's self. http://www.n1tr0g3n.com
I am a big fan of Linux Lite. It is surprising what a great replacement it is not only for XP but for Windows in general. I sort of disagree with your observation that the developers don't know what market Linux Lite plays to. Linux Lite captures the essence of Linux itself, providing a solid platform to build upon, but also providing enough depth out of the box to satisfy a users basic requirements. I think its major competitor is Elementary OS, however Linux Lite is more mainstream.
Very much impressed with Linux Lite 2.0, you have done a
good job. Installation went like a breeze, replacing VectorLinux
on a Vostro 1510 with a banjaxxed Geforce 8400M which refuses to
work with any Windows driver (artifacts all over the screen).
Everything works just fine just of the box. Only think I miss is
a proper music player, while VLC is a good choice for video it
doesn't really cut it for me when it comes to music.
Anyone considering the move from Windows to Linux to give their older hardware a new lease of life should look no further than Linux Lite. User-friendliness at its best. Kudos and keep up the good work.
Another new Lite user here. Actually I started off with
1.06 and now using 1.08. I installed 2.0 on an 11 yr old Dell
Dimension 2400 that I'm configuring for my sister, and my
daughters Dell Latitude (7 yrs old).....no glitches, no bumps,
no problems. Since switching over to Linux 5 yrs ago, I have
stayed in the stable Debian/Ubuntu line with Ubuntu/Mint/Xubuntu
I've always been about stability and speed. Lite more than delivers. I can use the GUI for anything I need, and still go to the terminal if I choose.
I don't like to jump on the bandwagon, till I've used and tested a distro over a period of months, and read as much feedback and reviews as I possibly can. Well, I am officially on the bandwagon. Great distro!
Love Linux Lite 2.0.
I love the new version 2 of Linux Lite. All of the issues
I had with the previous release have been addressed, and it
seems the quickest version of Linux I have tried yet. The
'Install Additional Apps' is great and has all the apps I
usually download anyhow.
Can't think of anything bad to say about this release.
Installed on my work PC. Used the 'Install Additional Software' for Dropbox, Weather Applet and Remmina. Restored my Firefox with FEBE. Everything just works. Nice and quick. Running on a Dell Optiplex 745 w/ 4 Gb RAM
I put that (Linux Lite 2.0) on one of my computers last night, very impressed. I didn't think they would improve it that much from 1.0.8 (didn't think they COULD improve it that much) but they did. I like the improvements in the install additional software section, including the addition of Skype and XBMC in there. The slight change in the volume indicator area will help a number of people i am sure.
Awesome!!! Just upgrading Laptops and PC's to 2.0 been testing Beta 2.0 this is a fantastic release super fast WAY BETTER THAN XP thank you to The LINUXLITE TEAM and Community.
Wow, I am only a few hours into Linux Lite and I can tell you from all my distro hopping that this is the best distro of any I have tried! I have gone through about 15 distros and was looking for something lightweight but beautiful and configurable and Linux Lite fills the bill in so many ways. Thank you so much to the developer and his team for all their hard work and for such a tremendous distro. I will be recommending and installing this on every one of my user's systems when they are looking for a change from Windows/Mac. This is my go to distro and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.
I have an Acer Netbook from 2009 that was made for
Windows Vista OEM.
I put Linux Lite 1.8 on it and replaced it with Linux Lite 2.0 beta in an attempt to get Flash to run successfully on YouTube. Tweaked sound card settings and now all seems to be flawless. Not my 1st Linux, but by far the best for my needs! Spreading the word to all my friends!
Greetings to all from a new fan of Linux Lite who wishes
to share his enthusiasm for this OS with you all.
I have two laptops which would probably be considered under powered by comparison to some of the latest models, but they are in excellent condition, and with Linux Lite 2.0 installed they have found a new life. First, I wiped the hard drive clean on the XP laptop, and installed Linux Lite. Results were outstanding. The other laptop has Win 7, and a higher capacity hard drive, so I am dual booting that one with Linux Lite. Actually, I'm not dual booting much any more, I'm working almost entirely with Linux Lite. This has been a most productive venture for me, and I expect that I will continue to feel that way for a long time down the road.
I love LinuxLite 1.0.8. Per your and Spatry's reviews, I replaced Win XP with it on a Dell box we use to host a family Minecraft server. I also put it on my son's Acer netbook (Win 8 made it so slow) for college (and Minecraft) and my wife's old Acer laptop the kids use to watch YouTube videos and play Tux games.
I really love Linux Lite. It runs on minimum resources but like you say has most software you would need out of the box. I usually only test in virtual with 512 Mb of Ram ( admittedly using SSD ) but haven't found another yet that compares.
I've always thought Linux Lite was the best balance of user friendliness and customization. It's fast and customizable with XFCE, so it really feels like a linux distro that belongs to you, but with its Ubuntu base it's still really easy to use. Definitely my favorite Ubuntu based distribution.
I just had to state how frighteningly brilliant Linux Lite is!! Valtam has done a phenomenal and amazing job and it blows my mind the more I discover about it. The nuances and details are truly incredible and I am so thankful to have and be using this distro. It is now going to be my recommended distro for my customers and I hope to be able to assist the project in the future. Thank you for an amazing gift to the Linux community.
Replaced Windows 7 on Compaq Presario laptop with Linux Lite - sound, wireless, everything worked out of the box - Really pleased. Many thanks.
'Best Dam Operating System in the World' I've owned computers since 8088 times, before operating systems, How do you love loading Linux Lite and not having to do anything else to the computer. JUST 'LINUX LITE' IT UP AND USE IT everything else works out of the box for me. Gateway, Dell and IBM, different vintages, different speeds, all run beautiful and fast, and don't forget a donation after it fixes your machine. You just saved a bunch of money with Linux Lite.
Downloading the latest by Torrent right now. VERY good to
see efforts like this. Many of us have still useful gear we have
taken care of, like the Toshiba at home with a Celeron 1.5 Ghz
cpu, 1.5 gig's ram and a 100 gig HD. Micro$oft just feels I
should toss it in the trash...really ?
This has made it so easy for me to get out of the clunky Ubuntu Unity interface and into a sleek, infinitely customizable XFCE interface, that makes it seamless to integrate other things like Conky or XScreenSaver, and I prefer it much to Debian (what I had previously because Ubuntu was not customizable enough) because I get the latest and greatest updates and applications from the Ubuntu repositories, not to mention the many PPA repositories where I can get all my favorite applications easily and efficiently. It's also flawlessly fast and responsive, thanks to the low amount of default software, which other distributions tend to include lots of. If you do prefer more software, it's so easy to install the most popular apps using the included installer scripts which use less than 20KB of the space in a fresh installation. Overall, this OS is a great replacement of vanilla Ubuntu or Debian, and definitely great for new users and people looking to replace their obsoleted Windows XP on their old hardware.
Linux lite is the best linux distro i ever use. It's perfect work on my laptop(AMD E1)
A very big thank you and congratulations for the Linux Lite latest version. I am absolutely new to Linux and it was a cake walk for me and just took only 15 min to install and run in my Dell system. It flawlessly detected the hardware's and I was able to configure the Mobile broadband in minutes. Thank you for this excellent version.
Love's me some Linux Lite.
I've been a bit of a distro hopper. I started with Ubuntu
and Fedora and ARCH. All were very nice but I really love Linux
Lite. If I were a new Linux user I'd be drawn to Linux Lite for its easy
to understand interface and speed. Features are easy to install
and being based on Ubuntu is very helpful. Windows users
considering a Linux version should consider Linux Lite.
Need to replace your WinXP OS? try @LinuxLite - my new fav linux distro.
Love this OS, it's lite indeed but complete and charming! What a wonderful replacement for Windows XP with its ending support.
I've been using Linux Lite for a very short time and I just want to shout how much I am loving Lite 1.0.8 more and more by the day!! I installed 1.0.8 about 2 weeks ago thinking I was going to skip back and forth to XP for familiarity reasons, but I am telling you I have NO DESIRE to fart around windows anymore! Linux demands more out the user. Linux doesn't insult the user's intelligence like Windohs! I am definitely going to explore other Linux distros in due time, full time. But for now, Lite 1.0.8 is a satisfying introduction to the Linux world. Fairly simple to understand and perfect to immerse in. And yes it's all FREE!
Thanks for all the work and time on Linux Lite. I have over the last year moved my father, brother, and brother-in-law over from Windows XP and Vista. They are using it with no issues and surprisingly not one support call. It's given new life to their machines and they have discovered how freeing it is to do things such as customize the DE to their liking.
I dusted off my wife's old tired stock Dell Inspiron 1200
lap top (Windows XP OS still installed on a 30 GB hard drive [30
GB HD? Wadda concept] LOL) and installed Linux Lite It is a
fast, easy to use and install version that has a UI like Windows
so there is almost no learning curve required. It saw and
connected to my wireless network without me doing anything
except saying yes that is my network typing in the PW and
allowing it to connect and BAM I was on line.
If you are a Windows user and have been flirting with the Linux option this might be the distro for you.
I have used dozens of Distros, this one rocks. On top of that, you have some of the most stand up people you will find anywhere behind this. My daughter has this and I catch my son using hers. He has Xubuntu, but refuses to leave it. He goes to Linux Lite, when he has any trouble with a program.
Lite and fast, but complete !!! Very good work !!!
I've always thought Linux Lite was the best balance of user friendliness and customization. It's fast and customizable with XFCE, so it really feels like a linux distro that belongs to you, but with its Ubuntu base it's still really easy to use. Definitely my favorite Ubuntu based distribution.
I've use .deb since 1996. No Windoze. A brief spat with
95 then 98. What a joke.
This Lite is the most stable Linux I've used since the early days of Xandros. Bravo! Keep up the good work.
Thank-you!!! I own a software development company and I am a Microsoft partner. I absolutely, positively love Linux Lite. I have changed many of my personal machines to Linux Lite and will probably only use Windows when I absolutely need to. Your distro is simple, friendly, unobtrusive and in short the perfect OS for the average person. Thanks again for a wonderful distro. You rock!
My personal opinion about Linux lite is reliable both in standby computing, data base , and using the test benches, well to say frankly its better than XP .... Love this distro ...
Can't commend @LinuxLite enough for the great documentation! Makes it easy to recommend to people new to Linux.
Bill Nance, Assoc. Dean,
McAfee School of Business, Union University
Dear Linux Lite Team:
I thought you might be interested to know that we are using Linux Lite to rehab donated systems that will be provided free of charge to students (both college and high school) in our area who can't afford to buy their own equipment. We selected Linux Lite for a number of reasons, but the main factors were:
1. Linux Lite runs well on older systems.
2. Linux Lite provides great user documentation available right from the desktop - critical for new Linux users.
3. Linux Lite is built for long-term support.
4. Linux Lite is easy to use, even for new users.
5. Linux Lite provides access to the Ubuntu repos - with a wealth of free/open source software available.
Most of the donated systems are at least 5 years old, with a few even older. We have successfully installed on 3 P4 machines with 1G of RAM (one with 512MB!) and the systems all run well.
I'm linking to four photos of some of our students working on a group of 8 desktops. We finished all 8 during this session, 8 others in a previous session, and have also installed on 3 laptops. We have a few more donated systems upon which we will install Linux Lite in the next few days.
All 19 completed systems are now in use by the students we selected.
Thanks for providing such a robust, easy to use, easy to install system.
Linux Lite is perfect for my Acer Aspire One ZG5. Brilliant as Ubuntu Precise is, it was a bit too slow, even with maximum 1.5GiB RAM & clocked up to 1.6GHz with cpufreqd. I haven't even clocked up Linux Lite, yet. I forgot just how fast XFCE/Thunar is: 1Gib/min data transfer on this machine, copying/backing up to an external USB drive; 6x faster than standard Ubuntu/Nautilus on the same.
I've also installed to an EeePC 701 4G:
from a live USB: open terminal (CTRL+ALT+T):
enter: 'sudo leafpad /usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/misc.py'
go to line 796 and change the 'fudge factor' from 2 to 1.4, save it, and it shall install, leaving more than 500MiB space free. Not clocked up to 900MHz, it's still super fast.
Linux Lite is both better and faster than my own LXDE/OpenBox/PCMANFM-based custom-build. I can still add Unity and/or OpenBox if I want, and I'm already working on an even lighter (fewer default applications) version to remaster(sys) on another EeePC 701 4G, for small SDD machines, if you're interested.
I raise my glass to you!!!
I looked at Linux 10 years ago and it just wasn't ready for
me then ::) Because I couldn't get everything to work right
without a struggle it was easier to stick with Windows...
Having become increasingly fed up with my Lappy running hot, slow & crashing I decided that because my machine was only 3 years old I would have a look at something more resource friendly.
Having got on well with some other Open Source software - OpenOffice, Firefox & Thunderbird to name a few - I decided to revisit Linux and I'm so pleased that I discovered Linux Lite. Is is just what I was looking for and for me it worked right out of the box.
My initial plan was to do Dual Boot. But, after a few days of trialing Linux Lite I new that I would never use an MS product again. I've read a few times that you are targeting Windows users. Well, if that's the case, then you have got this one!
I love everything about Linux Lite, the applications, the design, performance. It's almost like it was made specifically for me in every way. Thank you so much.
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Thank you for your great work on Linux Lite. I use it to refurbish donated pc's and distribute them to needy local students. It is perfect for our needs. A really great Distro!
As time passes Ubuntu and derivative distributions become more and more demanding on the resources, so first I thought that this one is not as lite as it claims to be. I tried it on my netbook (32bit, single core Atom CPU, 1 GB RAM) and the live version performed outstanding. I imagine that a native installation is somewhat slower, but if that's half as fast as the live version that it's still a decent performance.
I have used or tried several Linux versions: Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Mageia, Lubuntu and Kubuntu, and others. I find Linux Lite to be the easiest to use, the most responsive and most practical operating system by far. Thank you Linux Lite. Great work.
@LinuxLite has turned this terrible, #esystem Vista machine into a usable, modern laptop. The #multitouch even works smoother than Windows!
I really love Linux Lite :)
I used it a long time now (since 1.x.x). Linux lite is really resource friendly and runs quite fast. The update script runs beautifully and fast. I enjoy this distro very much, since XFCE is extremely adaptable.
After updating Ubuntu 12.04 LTS my daughter's Sony VAIO FEE Centrino started acting weird. I installed the ver 1.0.8 of Linux Lite. WOW what a wonder. The ease for the installation, the settings, the drivers recognition it is fantastic!!! My daughter sends you her thanks. That computer is all her life she is using it for her college work.
Linuxlite - Best OS ever
Fast and simple installing, compatible drivers with a lot of systems, contains only necessary preinstalled programs, lite, runs very fast , works great even on an older PC, and it looks wonderful! Tested on 3 computers! I recommend everyone this great operating system! R.I.P. Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 9, 10...
2 years ago an MS XP update killed the notebook...no boot.
Reinstall? No support for SP 3, notebook was trashed. Thanks MS!
Ubuntu: the software ran really poorly on 1.6GHZ. Many drivers were missing... no internet.
Tried Lubuntu. It ran faster but colors were stuck with shades of blue and white. We used an external Wi-Fi and could go online. But after two years there were updates that balked and made the machine again un-usable.
Tried Amiga Acer-OS. It was too technical for my wife and frankly while it showed Wi-Fi connection it didn't connect. It had very poorly designed user interface.
Just installed Linux Lite: The Acer Inspire One runs like new, and all its hardware works including the Wi-Fi detector.
And Linux Lite is really pretty. The colors on the screen are better than when using the XP that came with it.
Nice job Linux Lite :D
It is the best OS for Acer Notebooks. Dump MS before they try to force win8 on you. The older Acers cannot run it but MS doesn't care.
I think I just found the best linux os in the world.
I put Linux Lite in my mothers old Dell Optiplex, she finds it easy enough.
I have 4 linux children + Windows on my older PC and Linux Lite is one I won't do without. Fast, easy to work with, stable and light. I only added Remastersys to the menu to create mirror backups. Love my 1.06 version because it's LTS and hope you'll keep an LTS version going forward. Thank you for all the hard work and all the best in year 2014. I'll be sending on my first donation.
Linux Lite, my Favorite Distro
This distro has the right combination of lightness and features. I find it very functional and simple to use. I hope the same thing will continue with future distro upgrades of it.
Love Linux Lite. Think it's one of the very best out there for the average user who doesn't want to spend all their time fixing problems. I use it on two desktops with Windows dual. Would add it to my laptop only it doesn't support PAE. Only had to manually add Remastersys for creating mirror backups. Very solid and works fast. I'm staying with 1.06 until the next Ubuntu 14.04 LTS arrival to see if Lite makes use of it for an upgrade. Leave it to the Kiwis to do it right!
I first came across Linux Lite through a positive review on Youtube. So, I decided to give it a go. The real test was when my son had an issue playing Minecraft on his Thinkpad T60 running Windows 7. The whole laptop would freeze after only a few minutes in playing the game. I installed Linux Lite on the laptop, deleting the Windows operating system. After tweaking around, and sorting an issue with the package manager, it was time to download and install Minecraft. I had Minecraft up and running, and my son has not an issue in playing the game. Personally, I am using Linux Mint 13 Maya on my laptop. I am only using Windows because of one program that WINE cannot emulate. The menu structure is well thought out for those who are new to Linux. I had no issues in connecting to the Internet, and it detected my 3 in 1 printer, printed out a test page, and scanned the printed page. Thumbs up on this distro!
Installed new Kernel - Lite is top!
Hallo Lite-Users. I'm a German user. Today I installed
Kernel 3.11.0-14-generic. Lite 1.0.6 is running. Work now any
weeks with Lite and a modern Office-Suite. http://www.softmaker.com/english/
free download since 2013/12/24.
Thanks for the work.
Whilst lots of distros CLAIM to revitalize older (single
core?) hardware i found that Linux Lite actually does run very
speedily on an old PC I had almost given up on. With the install
of Gigolo, I could also easily access my NAS drive and all of it's
files. The version of LibreOffice included is recent and means an
almost seamless usage of documents and spreadsheets. As Firefox is
included (and after allowing Port 6000 to be used for the NAS
admin) I can also use sound and video sites like You Tube and
All in all a quick and excellent install which works well. Well Done!
Thanks for the Linuxlite OS. Its a true masterpiece.
I am an average computer user and I think that Linuxlite is a great starter base for people to start to explore Linux. It is so easy to use.
Fishman Loves Linux
Linux Lite 1.0.6 is an Ubuntu-based Distro that is focused
on reducing the usage of system resources and easy on the
hardware. I discovered this Distro after watching a series on
Youtube called, "Spatry's: Cup Of Linux" in which he reviews
various Distros and other software application programs. My Dad's
old Dell was running hot and freezing with Windows 7 Pro so, I had
to do something fast as we are both disabled. No other Distro
would work with his particular hardware configuration. I did the
research and thought why not give it a try as I have been trusting
Spatry for a long time now. In order to make a long story short, I
installed Linux Lite 1.0.6 64-bit version and viola! My Dad's old
Dell perked like it was on steroids! I mean it is running smoother
and fast than it ever has before include from the factory. I then
installed it on my old laptop (I found it in the dumpster one day
taking out the trash) and it is running smoother, faster and cooler
than ever. My girlfriend's laptop was having similar issues so she
asked me to do the same with her laptop and now her's is running
better than before. I switched my custom desktop PC over and now
it is optimized without the hardware issues of overheating and the
So,in conclusion I must say that Linux Lite is so far the best Distro that I have ran across since Ubuntu 10.10 when I first started with experimenting with Linux. I highly recommend this Distro to anyone!
My Fishy Analysis is 10 out of 10 Fishies!
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.
I've used Linux Lite for about 8 months now and have no real complaints, my only nit-pick 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!!
Recently installed Linux Lite on my HP Compaq NC6320 laptop and its the distro hopper stopper wonderful, I have had Mint, Pclinuxos and Xubuntu on it but Linux Lite seems to work the best I just love it. Stopped using Microsoft at home 4 years ago and have never looked back many congrats to the Linux Distro Community for some fantastic work.
Having tried almost every imaginable distro I'm running Linux Lite right now and I must admit : this is the best distro for the moment for me. This is the distro I should recommend to everyone coming from another OS. It's fast, light and good looking. What do we want more :)
I'm a returnee to Linux having been a Slackware fan for some years more than a decade ago. It was with great reluctance that I had to return to Microsoft when I became a mobile Wi-Fi user. The only Wi-Fi dongles I can get come with Microsoft drivers and no Linux alternatives so now I'm running Linux as my main OS but in a VPM box. And of the more than two dozen Linux varieties I tried, LinuxLite is the only one where everything has worked straight off the net - it sees my Windows ISP and Belkin dongles, accepts an English language/French keyboard combination and doesn't reset my passwords seemingly on a whim. All the software works and updates and additions install with no problem. On my 64 bit Toshiba laptop, even as a VP machine ,it's fast - far faster than expected. Criticisms? I haven't found any of importance yet and the tiny niggles are more down to my personal preferences than faults with an operating system I can see me sticking with for many years to come. How nice it is to be back.
Hello all. Just heard of Linux Lite last night and decided
to try it for an older machine I have. To say the least, I was
impressed. I have a couple of old P4 machines I have been playing
with linux on and Linux Lite is what I have been looking for! This
is the first distro I have found that looks decent, is actually
responsive on a 1.7G P4 with 1Gb Ram, and has a nice interface.
Configuration is pretty intuitive as well compared to most distros
I have tried.
Although I have been playing with linux for a couple of years, I am a newbie. It just took 1 evening of Linux Lite to make me decide to wipe my server of and go with Linux Lite. Why all distros have to be super rustic and bare or overly bloated I do not know, but it took the Kiwi's to get it right! (No offense intended). This distro is based on what I always thought Linux was trying to accomplish - clean, fast, easy to use, and low on resources. Most mainstream distros I have tried far surpass Windows in bloat, resource requirements, and hardware requirements. Of the 30 or so flavors I have tried over the past year, this is so far my favorite by far! It runs as fast on my 1.7G P4 with 1Gb of ram as Windows 7 has on my dual core 2.2 machine with 4gb of ram.
I love this distro so much! I have it installed on my Acer Aspire One D255E (2gb ram & 1TB HDD).. with compiz and emerald installed running smooth and uses less cpu and ram than any other ubuntu based xfce distros I have tested!
My Dad's old Dell Dimension 2400 was not taking to some of the other Distro's due to antiquated hardware issues so, I installed Linux Lite and he loves it. His machine runs 100 times faster and cooler than Win 7 plus for his small needs it fills the bill.
I just installed Linux Lite 32 bit in my house on 2 old laptops, 1 old PC (minecraft ready for the kids) and dual booted my Alienware Aurora with the 64 bit version and it's amazing! I've been trying different distros since 2003 and this is by far my favorite one. If I wasn't such a Flight Sim and Battlefield junkie, Windows would never see the light of day on my gamer PC again.
Have a pc that I built about 13 years ago. Slowest thing on earth when it comes to windows. Decided to try Lite on it to see if I could breathe some new life into it. Not disappointed at all!! All other distros other than this lagged and it even picked up my wireless without installing any drivers! That's a first for me lol. EXCELinux LiteENT WORK GUYS!
Dr. Vinay Kumar
I have been a linux user for many years now. I have had phases of distro-hopping, and have tried over 20 OS's, all told. I have a laptop with 4G RAM, but even with this amount of RAM, several distros were running a little laggy when multiple applications were open. I decided to try Linux Lite yesterday, and must say that there is no lag at all. Things are instantaneous, as they should be. I am very happy with your product, and thought I should write a few words of appreciation. Kudos! -- Vinay
Only have mobile internet connections so installed Linux Lite 1.0.6 on VMP. Now it's my main operating system - although no longer quite so 'Lite' - 28 gigabytes and growing. Worked straight out of the box! The ONLY Linux distro out of 25 or so tried to achieve this. Congratulations.
I've got 2 old Dell computers from work (SX-260) each with
1 gb ram and a P4 cpu. I installed the 32 bit Linux Lite on them
because Windows XP was painfully slow. Linux lite installed great
and these old boxes are being used for surfing the web and other
day to day computing.
I have been a Linux fan for 20 years and must say I'm so impressed with the new distro I am putting it on one of my home machines today. Another tidbit, everything on these boxes 'just worked' including Samba.
Thanks alot for a great OS keep up the great work.
Hardware Database Submission
So far best out of box working distro I have tried on this laptop. Great Job!
Kevin D Hanning
Probably the most efficient, light and powerful Gnu Linux distribution out there. I've used it for over a year now, with nearly no issues and the creator/author of the OS is on hand for guidance and/or support. Let's see a Gates or Jobs type do THAT!!!
Linux Lite took me by surprise. I had heard of it but until a friend pestered me to try it I had never downloaded the ISO. I love how simple and clean Linux Lite feels and it's so quick even compared to other distros I've used. I may have a new favorite desktop distro here.
Just a quick comment about the resource utilization of
Linux Lite 1.0.6. As I write this, I have the following
applications running concurrently: Cherokee Web Server, Postfix
Mail Server, MySQL DB Server, MySQL Workbench, Firefox Web Browser
(16 tabs open), Seamonkey Web Browser, Openoffice Writer, Komodo
Edit 8. Memory usage....602MB and they don't appear to swapping to
disk all the time as I can switch between applications instantly.
In my experience, this is extraordinary. I've no idea how you do
it, but I'll point out that Linux Lite is also (for me) very
stable. I've only had it crash once in a few months and I think
that was my fault anyway. I'm running it on both a desktop and an
old laptop with equal success. It even looks nice.
You've definately a good job with this distribution.
You guys have done an excellent job with this distro and now it supports some games and others with wine, I have actually installed Linux Lite on my old laptop and it works a treat, I will be keeping this installed as I also managed to install Photoshop CC with wine and a few other must use apps, I have no reason to change back to windows this time.
Hi Linux Lite Developers! I'm right now using your distribution, and I'm loving it!
I'm running Linux lite on AMD 1075t 6 core at 3.4 ghz and 16 gigs of ram and this os fly's.
Love this, so fast. A keeper for me.
Been using this since it was released on my old 2006 Dell Inspiron. I haven't had the desire to switch.
@LinuxLite Excellent!! Good on ya, mate!!! Such a great distro!
I've used lots of distros including Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora,
Debian and others and I really like Linux Lite. Distros like
Gentoo and Arch are wonderful but are a bit of a pain to get
going. Fedora is solid but goodness tracking down non free
packages is a drag.
Linux Lite is fast and easy on system resources. There are other easy to use distros like Zorin and to a degree Elementary OS but Linux Lite is my personal choice. It may be aimed at new users but even those with Linux experience may enjoy it. Lubuntu, Puppy, Anti-X and others are wonderful as well but Linux Lite has a great look and ease of use.
Solid work Linux Lite team!
I don't have very much experience with Linux but I have
tried a few (Ubuntu with Unity, Xubuntu, Mint 32 and 64 bit,
Puppy) and this one is the best I've found. It's fast, has a small
overhead and runs Ubuntu packages. I've been using it all day
every day for months and it is very stable.
Most reviews I've seen of Linux focus on the appearance and functions of the OS rather than how it functions as a serious work tool. I'm less interested in that than I am in whether it is a workable business alternative to Windows.
This version of Linux has the same foibles as others (different levels of privileges, file permissions, file owners, fighting partition tables on installation) but I don't think that can be avoided until someone comes up with a full Windows replacement.
At the moment I am sticking with this version of Linux. It does everything that I need for business purposes, allows older hardware to be productive, is fast, is stable and of course it's free.
Recommended for small business owners.
At the moment I think is the best lightweight Xfce distro based on Ubuntu (Debian). On my Intel IBM Thinkcentre (3.2 Ghz processor and 1.5 GiB of RAM ) Linux Lite is a pleasure.
Linux Lite support is just the best I had a problem I went on XChat for the first time, asked a question they all rallied round and in no time it was sorted out. Linux Lite is just simply the best it just works and works.
I have been searching for MY perfect linux for a long time, before broadband I bought magazines with distro's, now I download iso's after browsing distrowatch. Been using Linux Lite for a couple of weeks now and have ditched the others, apart from my beloved puppy, tried other Ubuntu variants but Linux Lite is built with skill, which shows in its speed and solidity, thanks to Valtam and all the devs.
Thank you folks for the excellent job on Linux Lite!! Keep it up!
I wanted to get back to a stripped down LTS with XFCE or Mate and settled into my various research projects without having to keep wondering when I'd have to reinstall - again.
Tried a few options but kept coming back to Lite.
Thanks to Valtam, and everyone else who helped create Linux Lite - it's a great distro. I am using the current version 1.0.6 and I really like.
Going to have to say credit were credit is due - This is the fastest Distro I have ever seen - Well Done !
Being a new Linux user, I've been through the gamut of Linux distributions. I am using an Asus EeePC 1000he and I have to say that the Linux Lite OS is hands down the best OS that I have installed on this netbook!
After watching Spatry's review of Linux Lite I decided to give it a try. First I put it in Vbox and then I installed Linux Lite directly on my Dell XT2 with touch screen and it works great. I love it. It just works!!
Had the awesome privilege of Valtam dialing into my Linux Lite to help me with a NAS-share issue today!!
True community help! Thanks Valtam!
Let us give some love to Linux Lite, this is one easy distro to use and understand. For me this distro feels light in my hardware. And I am beginning to like this. So if you want a distribution that is not bloated and easy on your hardware, go with Linux Lite, you won't be disappointed with the performance of your system.
Robert Allen Lowe Jr.
Finally a distro I can say I really like, there a few package that are out of date, but hey if every distro tried to attempted to keep every package totally up to date there would be a new version of most distro every week and it easy enough to update myself.
Jason Ryan Jack
I just wanted to say that this OS is the best I have ever used. My 3 and 1/2 year old computer runs better than when it was new. I am truly impressed with how simple to use Linux Lite is! I am currently using the 32 bit 1.0.6. I will be trying the 64 bit version here shortly. Thank you for all the awesome!
I just installed Linux Lite yesterday and was highly impressed. Good job on Wi-Fi even running it in live usb/DVD format. It works well right out of the box.
I like your tutorials section. You have lots of good how to and step by step advice.
Installed this baby on a DELinux Lite PRECISION | M65 and everything worked fine! Awesome job!
Now I don't have to use that sucky WINDOWS OS anymore.
d'best os ever, very lightweight and complete, I can now play World of Tanks in linux, without lags. and Steam Dota 2. Amazing.
Daniel de Sade
The best distro. Thanks!
Am using and loving this os I literally just dumped 5 other distros after an hour on Lite.
If anyone is sick of Microsoft windows or Apple Mac, give @LinuxLite a try! It's a straight forward simple fast. FREE OS that just works!!
@LinuxLite just installed your distro on 2nd hand Dell laptop and its flying. Good work!
I love it! I'm replacing Windows 7 with this. It runs everything I need to get my work done without the Windows bloat. Lots of nice games to play too.
This latest distro is absolutely fantastic!! I can't say enough about how easy it was to install and set things up.
I switched to Linux Lite yesterday. I have been a Ubuntu user since 2005 and finally I feel home again. This is the best linux distro I have ever used and I have tried all the big ones. How can I say this is the best after one day? The feeling, no bugs, beautiful :-)
I checked out the Linux Lite shop and ordered a USB drive with the 64bit version installed. Good distros like this deserve to be supported.