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So that we can better support new hardware, we've starting producing a custom Linux Lite kernel. I've yet to decide if this is something that will be offered post-release of each Linux Lite, or with the release.
When compiling this kernel, there is special emphasis on hardware support. I painstakingly go through the entire kernel and add as much hardware support as possible.

For this to be a success, I need your help.
We need people with the following graphics cards: ATI, Intel and nVidia.

These kernels will be beta quality until I am satisfied we have stable, reliable kernels available in both 32bit and 64bit versions. If you'd like to participate, do the following:

Open a terminal and do:

--- Code: ---sudo apt-get install linux-headers-linuxlite-3.15.0 linux-image-linuxlite-3.15.0 -y
--- End code ---

Ignore any errors in the terminal.

NB: This should NOT be tested on your everyday machine unless you know how to remove the kernel from a tty. If you have a spare pc or laptop lying around with the above graphics cards we really need your feedback and your results. Also if you are using VirtualBox, these LL Kernels will not work with it. You'll have to use the stock kernel that ships with LL if you want to use VirtualBox.

We will only release the latest stable mainline kernels, if you're not sure what these are see here - it will be the kernel version in the yellow box on the right.

Thank you :)


Kernels available in both 32bit and 64bit versions.


--- Quote ---We need people with the following graphics cards: ATI, Intel and nVidia.
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Not sure what is the wanted way to report. Run some data collection script or app or just verbal report.
I just installed Linux Lite. I love as minimalistic Ubuntu derivative as possible. Created several with woof2 and woof-ce myself.

Linux Lite is great ! I have netflix already working, touchpad works great. Only problems have been kernel 3.13 related. I installed available Linux Lite 3.15 kernel right away.
I have compiled several kernels. So I know what it means to go through those compiling options, package the kernel, create a build and test it. And then recompile it

I have acer V3-571G laptop with dual graphics. Inbuild intel and Nvidia 710M. They have been pain in the somewhere. With 3.15 kernel those problems are away. I can use intel and nouveau.ko kernel module does not misbehave anymore. Not also in this Linux Lite 3.15 kernel. I can suspend and resume. With 3.13 the resume didnt work, it resulted to the frozen desktop. I had to remove nouveau.ko to get suspend to behave. 3.15 resolves this problem. Also Huawei-E5776 behaves now, it does not drop net connection as 3.13 kernel did. Improved driver I suspect.
All other hardware components have been working so far....Powertop shows decent battery consumption, meaning nvidia graphics has been shutted down as it should be. No need to use acpi_call kernel module ( meaning no need to compile it, install it and make the shutting down script to be placed to be run at every boot ).

Looks good so far.

If somebody needs more information about intel/nvidia dual graphics, I can post information.

Happy to try out on various desktops and laptops - however they are all workers! Is there a way to do this from a Live CD or have a special Iso to run as a live CD. Tks.


--- Quote from: newtusmaximus on June 30, 2014, 04:49:36 PM ---Happy to try out on various desktops and laptops - however they are all workers! Is there a way to do this from a Live CD or have a special Iso to run as a live CD. Tks.

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Just throwing out an idea here.  Don't feel obligated to do this if you're not comfortable with it.  (I haven't done this myself, but am thinking of doing so sometime later this week or next weekend.  I'll report back whether or not I ran into the potential problem I point out at end of this post.)

If you've got the room to spare on your hard drive, you could just make a 20GB partition and do a second LL installation to that as your "testing" system.  If something breaks -- no big deal.  It won't affect your real "working" system on the other partition(s).

If you do that -- DO NOT install the bootloader to the MBR!  Instead, install it to the same root partition as the test system is installed to.  Then boot with your "working" system and just run sudo update-grub to add it to the boot menu.  That way your main working system keeps control of booting the computer.  If a new kernel on the testing install causes boot problems for the test system, it won't affect your ability to boot into the main working system.

However, now that I've said that, this might turn into a problem:  Read through that thread and you'll see that there may end up being a problem when you try to update-grub to add the testing installation.  If you go through with installing a testing LL and the boot entries don't end up booting the testing LL, then post back and we'll have to try adding an entry for it manually like one person ended up doing.


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