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Linux Lite 2.0 Beta Released
« on: May 15, 2014, 06:59:45 PM »
 

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Release Announcement

Linux Lite 2.0 Codename 'Beryl' Beta is now available for download and testing.

This build is the work of 4 months of constant development and the implementation of the best ideas from the team and the wider community. This also marks the beginning of our own repositories for our custom software so that changes and improvements to the operating system can be offered regularly. Now Lite User Manager, Lite Manual, Lite Software ( Install Additional Software and Remove Additional Software) and Lite Fix can evolve more easily to meet the needs of the user.

In this release we wanted to combine the newest versions of well established and supported software like LibreOffice, Wine and Gimp so that people have access to the latest features in those programs. In Linux Lite 2.0 you get the carefully crafted combination of current software in certain programs on top of a stable operating system. We think this is the happy medium people are looking for between long term support whilst also having 'the newest stuff'.

Changelog:

Firefox 29
Kernel 3.13.0-24
Linux Lite Repositories
Lite User Manager, Lite Manual, Lite Software and Lite Fix
Easier Volume control
Terminal windows have custom title bars
New 'lighter' theme
New system font - Droid Sans
New Software - Lite Fix: a tool for new users to easily fix common issues without needing to go to the command line (see end of post)
New boot screen design
The latest software from - LibreOffice, Gimp and some of the software from Install Additional Software (see below)
Install Additional Software now offers the latest: Wine, Chrome, Chromium, Netflix, Skype, Teamviewer and XBMC.

Source links:

Lite User Manager - https://github.com/linuxlite/liteusermanager
Lite Software - https://github.com/linuxlite/litesoftware
Lite Manual - https://github.com/linuxlite/litemanual
Lite Fix - https://github.com/linuxlite/litefix

Both of these iso's come in at 699mb, that's cutting it close to mark when it comes to fitting a modern operating system onto a cd.
As a result we've had to search the entire filesystem for where we can make savings. One of those areas was the icon cache files. To regenerate these cache files which should give you a performance boost, enter the following command after a fresh install of Linux Lite 2.0 Beta:

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sudo su

gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/Faenza/ && gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/gnome/ && gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/Humanity && gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/Humanity-Dark/

HTTP:
Download 32bit from here - Linux Lite 2.0 32bit beta
md5sum: 68fbb8eff2a4e51b1ce4c319a5891b57

Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 2.0 64bit beta
md5sum: 06d43211461d0981eb71e9713915c885

TORRENTS:
32bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-2.0-beta-32bit.iso.torrent
Hash: e6f8f65dfba0127f6f391a97ea49533fb0618d7b

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-2.0-beta-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: 549d20bf46fb040fa83521a2643518395c7397c9

Live USB/DVD/VirtualBox/Vmware: Login is automatic, no credentials required.
The image can be written to a 2gb or larger USB stick, or a writable CD or DVD.
Alternatively, you can use the dd command: sudo dd if=linux-lite-2.0-beta-32bit.iso of=/dev/sdx bs=4M where 'x' is the letter of your usb stick.
In linux to find out the letter of your usb stick, open a terminal and type: df -h It is usually listed as 'media' or similar.
Please see the built in Help & Support manual if you require a more detailed explanation of this procedure.

There is no upgrade process from one Linux Lite version to the next because of all the in-between modifications. If 1.0.6 or 1.0.8 is working well for you stick to that, otherwise you will have to clean install 2.0. The Help Manual is a work in progress and will update over the course of the beta. The dark theme is still available from the Settings Manager for those who prefer it, but you will notice that volume icon in the tray appears white, this is a theming issue. All Ubuntu 32bit kernels these days ship with PAE, we will not be creating any more PAE builds, it's time to move on.

Recommended Hardware/Minimal System requirements:

700 MHz processor+
512 MiB RAM+
5 GB of hard-drive space+
VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution
Either a CD drive or a USB port for the iso

Login to the live desktop is automatic.

The first thing you MUST do after a fresh install of Linux Lite is run Menu, Install Updates.













Lite Fix: This is a tool for new users to easily fix common issues without needing to go to the command line. As common issues come to the fore, a fix for these will be added as a new menu entry into Lite Fix. (Lite fix is not installed by default because there are no fixes available in the program yet)



« Last Edit: June 03, 2014, 07:36:53 PM by Teddy5090 »
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Re: Linux Lite 2.0 Beta released
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2014, 04:02:41 AM »
 

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Hello, Valtam!

I have download both ISOs, and they passed the MD5 hash checks. I'll try 'em out on the 'kids', and get back to you folks on the forum about them...

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Re: Linux Lite 2.0 Beta released
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2014, 01:42:55 PM »
 

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I've installed on 2 different laptops, an HP netbook style with AMD E-350 and 3GB RAM, and an HP Elitebook Core I-5 with 4GB RAM.  Install went smoothly on both.  System is running well on both and I've added/removed software to turn them into my "standard" configuration.  My next test is to run relinux on the Core I-5 machine and create an ISO I can use to move this standard config to other machines...
 

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2014, 02:49:40 PM »
 

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Hope it's O.K to ask this here.?

1. I would like to try 2.0 Beta on one of my PC's, if I install it, will it need a new install when "Final" is released.?

2. Is there a fix in 2.0 for the "Locale Change" issue...
    Changing the locale to "English UK" causes the main menu items names for "Install Updates" & "Help Manual" to change.?

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Re: Linux Lite 2.0 Beta released
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2014, 02:55:21 PM »
 

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On #1, generally not as the base system is installed and it will update to final.  Not always but generally.  Can't help on the locale issue...
 

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2014, 03:15:21 PM »
 

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On #1, generally not as the base system is installed and it will update to final.  Not always but generally.  Can't help on the locale issue...

Hi NGIB,

Thanks...
I suspect you are correct...

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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2014, 04:51:29 PM »
 

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2. Is there a fix in 2.0 for the "Locale Change" issue...
    Changing the locale to "English UK" causes the main menu items names for "Install Updates" & "Help Manual" to change.?

Many Thanks
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We can't test all locales, try a test run install in a virtualbox first to find out.
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Just got this email from Sourceforge, couldn't be better timing :)

Quote from: Sourceforge
Dear SourceForge project admin,

Your project will be featured on the front page of SourceForge.net for the week of May 19, 2014. Projects are chosen based on a variety of considerations, such as recent releases, interesting blog activity, or other related things.

Front page features tend to result in increased traffic to your project page, so you may want to take this opportunity to make sure you have the latest project description, screenshots, and project logo.

Also, since some of you may have more than one project, I've listed all the featured projects below (in no particular order - the list is random order on the front page), so that you'll know which one, and who you'll be sharing the page with.

Thanks for being part of the SourceForge community!
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Hello!

Congrats, Valtam! Hope the free publicity brings a lot of new folks your way. The only issue I've noticed so far it that it doesn't want to come back on after I close the laptop lid and reopen it. All I get is a cursor and a black screen. (IOW, the screen isn't unlocking, or even prompting me for a password to unlock it.)

As for Wirezfree, can't he just go into Menu > Settings > Main Menu (Alacarte) and rename the affected menu entries as necessary? Does 'Restore System Configuration' still amount to 'the kiss of death'? If so, there's SURELY got be some kind of way to change the default menu structure to match yours - even if it involves altering the Alacarte source code...

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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2014, 06:01:18 PM »
 

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...the only issue I've noticed so far it that it doesn't want to come back on after I close the laptop lid and reopen it. All I get is a cursor and a black screen. (IOW, the screen isn't unlocking, or even prompting me for a password to unlock it.)

Thanks I'll look into that.

Of course, I imagine 'Restore System Configuration' still amounts to 'the kiss of death'. If not, there's GOT to be some kind of way to change the default menu structure to match yours - even if it involves altering the Alacarte source code...

Yes, any attempt to restore will screw up the Menu. I've removed all the other locales in the .desktop files for "Install Updates" & "Help Manual" so it should be fine from now on, but we need someone to confirm this (on the 32bit version, I have just fixed the 64bit version).
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2. Is there a fix in 2.0 for the "Locale Change" issue...
    Changing the locale to "English UK" causes the main menu items names for "Install Updates" & "Help Manual" to change.?

Many Thanks
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We can't test all locales, try a test run install in a virtualbox first to find out.

Hi Valtam,

Will try this weekend if I get a chance.

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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2014, 03:03:16 AM »
 

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Hi Wirezfree.  I'm in UK too so would you like me to change mine to see what happens.  You'll have to tell me what to change as I'm still playing around with it. ie where is" locale change". 

Am using the 32 bit version.
 

Re: Linux Lite 2.0 Beta released
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2014, 03:45:06 AM »
 

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In relation to the "English UK" language, I had this problem when I installed version 1.0.8 - see https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/index.php?topic=127.0

I tried fresh installs 4 or 5 times and each time I selected "English UK" the menu layout changed and clicking on a couple of menu links caused problems.

I stuck with plain "English" and everything was fine - there is obviously still something wrong, but at that time nobody could recreate my problem or find a solution.
 

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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2014, 08:30:25 AM »
 

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Mumble must be hard wired into the menu as you just can't remove it.  I uninstalled it and it's still there.  Doesn't show in alacarte though...
 

Re: Linux Lite 2.0 Beta released
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2014, 09:02:58 AM »
 

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On the programs that run in terminal like install additional and remove additional - why not just keep all actions in the terminal?  Kind of odd when you type in a number and then it jumps to a GUI interface for the actions and then back to terminal.  It works well, the interface is just odd...