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Release Announcement

Linux Lite 2.8 Final is now available for download. The star of this release is the inclusion of the Hardware Enablement Stack 3.19 based Kernel offering greater hardware support. We've also included a host of new features including, BTRFS support during install, the Help Manual is now accessible from the Desktop, Hulu now works out of the box, and the usual compliment of community suggestions and bug fixes.

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.


Firefox 44.0
Thunderbird 38.5.1
LibreOffice 5.0.4~rc2
Base: 14.04.3
New Wallpapers.
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
Added xbacklight - Thanks Lenny
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 - Jerry Bezencon, Milos Pavlovic, John Jenkins, Brian Tomlinson, Josh Erickson, gerito1.

Upgrading from 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6 using the instructions further down will take care of this.

Upgrading to Linux Lite 2.8 - There will be no Hardware Enablement Stack 3.19 Kernel installed when you perform Lite Upgrade. This has the potential to do more harm than good. People who have perfectly functioning systems, can suddenly find themselves with hardware that doesn't work anymore due to driver issues. It's been decided to let people make their own decision whether or not to install this hardware stack. Stability over risk.

Wallpaper credits:


Download 32bit from here - Linux Lite 2.8 32bit
md5sum: 9afa3ff610b371e5f518e5bd5c635494
Size: 790mb (DVD, USB)

Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 2.8 64bit
md5sum: cce362fa426f31a58e2bbff4d0c35579
Size: 807mb (DVD, USB)

HTTP MIRRORS: (may take some time to populate)

32bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-2.8-32bit.iso.torrent
Hash: ae4267de32e8a1af8a9a2923f4b1cad8413f6c0b
Size: 790mb (DVD, USB)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-2.8-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: d5153732b7b9ab4db22da45625c23936002f7203
Size: 807mb (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-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.


For those on Linux Lite 2.4, 2.6 do the following:

1) Menu, Favorites, Install Updates.
2) Menu, Settings, Lite Upgrade.
3) Follow the onscreen instructions, reboot when finished.

For those on versions of Linux Lite 2.0, 2.2 only, do the following:

Open a terminal and do:

--- Code: ---sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install lite-upgrade-series2 -y
--- End code ---

2) Menu, Settings, Lite Upgrade.
3) Follow the onscreen instructions, reboot when finished.

You cannot upgrade from Linux Lite 1.0.0, 1.0.2, 1.0.4, 1.0.6, 1.0.8

The following command will upgrade you to the 3.19 kernel. You do this at your own risk. I recommend you stay on your current kernel, but of course there will be people who can't resist to tinker  :)

--- Code: ---sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-lts-vivid xserver-xorg-core-lts-vivid xserver-xorg-lts-vivid xserver-xorg-video-all-lts-vivid xserver-xorg-input-all-lts-vivid libwayland-egl1-mesa-lts-vivid
--- End code ---


Thank you :)
Jerry and the team.

Congratulations! and thank you all very much for all the work and effort...once more.

Great News...
Many thanks to all the Devs/Mods and Users who contributed to make this happen.

It's Sunday here, so I guess I will have to wait.... Only joking :)

Great news, thanks to all that made it happen.

1st: Favorties>Install Updates
Let it finish
2nd: System>Lite Upgrade
Let it finish

I picked shutdown. Then power up manually instead of reboot.

--- Code: [email protected]:~$ cat /etc/llver
Linux Lite 2.8

--- End code ---

smooth as silk. Thanks.

Edit: forgot to show my kernel

--- Code: [email protected]:~$ uname -r

--- End code ---

So no need for the 3.19 for me.


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