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Release Announcement

Linux Lite 2.8 Beta is now available for testing. The star of this release is the Hardware Enablement Stack, 3.19 based Kernel offering greater hardware support. This release marks the end of the Series 2 release cycle. It's been quite a journey. Our evolution in what we offer people is due in large part to our wonderful, valuable community. Most of the features that end up in Linux Lite came from your suggestions, your feedback. Linux Lite 2.8 Beta is a continuation of that symbiosis between developers and community. During this development cycle, the open source software community lost a pioneering visionary. Linux Lite dedicates this release in honor, and to the memory of Ian Murdock, founder of Debian.

As usual you still get the latest Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Wine (via Lite Software) and Gimp.

Firefox 43.0.4
Thunderbird 38.4.0
Base: 14.04.3
Hardware Enablement Stack 3.19 Kernel - Thanks Zead
Help Manual now accessible from the Desktop.
Added BTRFS Support.
Added HEVC H.265 Support in VLC - Thanks rokytnji
New Thunar Media Tags Plugin.
Hulu now works out of the box - Thanks tomt
Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combo, brings up the Task Manager - Thanks Teddy
Fixed bug where Blueman applet was storing files in /etc/skel - Thanks vaikus84

As this is the last build of Linux Lite in the 2.0 series, we wanted to finish off with a balance of great hardware support with kernel 3.19, whilst maintaining our renown stability.

Developer credits - John Jenkins, Jerry Bezencon, Milos Pavlovic, Brian Tomlinson, Josh Erickson


New wallpapers will be added into Linux Lite 2.8 Final.

Download 32bit from here - Linux Lite 2.8 Beta 32bit
md5sum: 88152b0c21d2fd3c436862303a9de3ad
Size: 791mb (DVD, USB)

Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 2.8 Beta 64bit
md5sum: e2c28448bb1cc9aef3d3b7ee590805ed
Size: 808mb (DVD, USB)

32bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-2.8-beta-32bit.iso.torrent
Hash: cda34ae34af532182553628e4c7037ff58370b5a
Size: 791mb (DVD, USB)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-2.8-beta-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: b7f3be54435ec932a672182099574216a03ac1f3
Size: 808mb (DVD, USB)

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 DVD. Alternatively, you can use the dd command: sudo dd if=linux-lite-2.8-beta-xxbit.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 Manual if you require a more detailed explanation of this procedure.

All Ubuntu 32bit kernels these days ship with PAE.

Minimum Recommended Specs:
700MHz processor
512mb ram
VGA screen capable of 1024x768 resolution
DVD drive or USB port for the ISO image

Preferred Specs:
1.5GHz processor+
1024mb ram+
VGA, DVI or HDMI screen capable of 1366x768 resolution+
DVD drive or USB port for the ISO image

Login to the live desktop is automatic.

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

As this is a beta release, there are bound to be bugs etc. Please help make the final stable for other people by participating in this Beta. Please report any bugs and feedback in this thread.


Thank you :)
Jerry and the team.

Great news (and nice dedication), thanks Jerry.

Thanks Jerry, Great news.
Nice touch on the dedication.

Whilst not a full test,
I will give it a spin in VBox.

Yes nice touch with the dedication.

Have just done a clean install of 2.8.

Install went very well.

On checking updates....No updates available.


Just an observation... FYI
When I clicked on the download 2.8 64bit link above,
the download starts, On the Sourceforge download page.
The actual Green download button, says 2.6 - 32bit
But Chrome is showing it is downloading file 2.8-beta - 64bit

Downloading now.


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