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Linux Lite 3.0 Beta Released
« on: May 09, 2016, 06:21:31 AM »
 

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Release Announcement

Linux Lite 3.0 Beta is now available for testing. This release marks the start of the Series 3 release cycle. We are mindful of keeping that 'Linux Lite familiarity' in terms of look and feel. There have been a lot of changes, but we have remained loyal to our core - Simple, Fast and Free. Once again, the community is instrumental in our direction. See below for all the changes.



Lite Software - Lite Software has had an overhaul. We've added icons where there were Select boxes (thank you Misko). This helps people who identify with images and branding to easily locate their favorite software. You can select multiple programs to install by holding down Ctrl or Shift. We've also added Audacity (audio editor), Calibre (eBook reader and manager) and Pinta (Windows Paint.Net look-a-like) thanks to your suggestions.



Folders access from the Menu - Another community suggestion that fits perfectly with those transitioning from Windows, our target audience.



Share Hardware Configuration (Lite Info) - With this new addition, we've already had 400+ submissions to the Linux Lite Hardware Database. Now included starting with Series 3, this software helps those who are potentially looking to install Linux Lite, to see what computers other people are running Linux Lite on. Just a note, if you're using VirtualBox, please don't submit any reports with Share Hardware Configuration, the last thing we need is a hardware page full of virtual machines :) Menu, System, Share Hardware Configuration.

Linux Lite Hardware Database - https://www.linuxliteos.com/hardware.php



Tray Icons - We've removed Indicator Plugin. Now there is a separate volume control - Volti. If people accidentally delete items from their tray, they are easily put back by either running 'volti' from the Menu or logging out/in again.



New Theme - We've adopted the popular Arc theme for several reasons. One, it looks great. Two, it's regularly maintained. Three, because it's a part of Lite Themes (see below) we can easily adapt it to our needs. Four, there are three themes within, Arc, Arc-Dark and Arc-Darker so it you want the all out dark look, it's easy to select. Five, it's light.

Lite Themes - A new package that incorporates, themes, icons, mouse themes and wallpapers. This allows us to easily deploy updates without using complex bash code. If other system packages make changes that affect our themes, we can quickly adapt with an updated package. We'll most likely add the Firefox Arc theme to the Final - https://github.com/horst3180/arc-firefox-theme

Lite Upgrade - You'll now receive upgrades from within Series 3 automatically. Upgrades are a serious necessity in terms of security and bug fixes. If we add something you don't like, we'll make sure you can easily remove it. This has to be one of the most streamlined upgrades for any LTS distro.

New Boot Theme - Updated to new look.

Less PPA's - Means faster Updates, and increased reliability. The Google saga experienced this year has proved to be a valuable lesson (see below). The only PPA's are for Gimp, Wine and Systemback - they have not let us down to date.

Google Software - Once burned, twice shy. The Google PPA issues this year has left a sour taste in my mouth. No Google products will appear in Lite Software for the entirety of Series 3. You can still get Chrome etc from the internet. A huge thank you to those who helped people who's Updates were not working. I know this has been a p.i.t.a. and I would like to recognize this community for assisting people with the Google fix. We'll look at reintroducing Google software in Lite Software in Series 4. Let's see how things pan out over time.

UEFI - Will not be supported in Series 3. People already know my position on this, we've had our discussions here on UEFI. We can still bring people to Linux Lite, with a little BIOS guidance.

Kernels - All previous, current and future Linux Lite Kernels will be available throughout Series 2 & 3, 4 and so on...

Screenshot - Now has the ability to upload to our preferred image hoster, Imgur.



ISO size - Software grows in size, it happens with time. We will always look for ways to 'trim the fat'. At the moment, this is the best we can do.

Games Menu - Dropped in Series 3. Steam is now installable via Lite Software for both 32bit and 64bit. It made sense not to include gaming software in the Menu that only a few people would use. The majority of our users just want a basic Internet, Office and Multimedia operating system.

Wallpaper - New wallpapers. The default wallpaper in this Beta represents the start of Series 3 with our Codename Gem - 'Citrine' at the center of attention. The final default wallpaper has yet to be decided upon.

Help Manual - Will not be fully updated until the Final is released. For now there are just a few changes. View the Help Manual in this Beta release as a 'placeholder' for now, although much of the information is still completely relevant.

Changelog:

Firefox 46.0
Thunderbird 38.7.2
LibreOffice 5.1.2.2
VLC - 2.2.2
Gimp 2.8.16
Base: 16.04

New - Folders access from the Menu
New - Share Hardware Configuration (Lite Info)
New - Arc as the default Theme
New - Lite Themes package
New - Automatic upgrades within the Series
New - Login Theme: LightDM GTK Greeter Custom Linux Lite Theme (keyboard navigable)
New - Boot Theme
New - Search here ... Thunar custom action added
New - Installer slides, less clutter, simpler
Updated -  Lite Software revamped
Fewer PPA's
Screensaver dropped
Java Applets (icedtea-8-plugin) included by default

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

Downloads:
HTTP:
Download 32bit from here - Linux Lite 3.0 Beta 32bit
md5sum: d326dd264b07caf184ec17dc0a42991b
Size: 988mb (DVD, USB)

Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 3.0 Beta 64bit
md5sum: 5b15b402e6db84d2ef3fb9bfc2049c8a
Size: 1.1GB (DVD, USB)

TORRENTS:
32bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-3.0-beta-32bit.iso.torrent
Hash: cbdf44b177555376abab85afe709cf3e154f3a97
Size: 988mb (DVD, USB)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-3.0-beta-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: 2335230985bda4b8ca53fe6a1354a6b2243852f4
Size: 1.1GB (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-3.0-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.
 


Re: Linux Lite 3.0 Beta Released
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2016, 07:21:03 AM »
 

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Downloading right now. Will test in live mode later. Judging from the 2.8 beta I'm confident it'll be allready be pretty good.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2016, 08:13:20 AM »
 

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Looking good Jerry!!!

Now to find a little time to install :)
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Re: Linux Lite 3.0 Beta Released
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2016, 09:09:48 AM »
 

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LL 3.0 iso 64 bit downloaded and installed to live usb through unetbootin.....no problems.

System installed from live usb to 250g external hdd very fast no problems at all.

No errors updating after installation.  :) :) :).

No errors installing lite software.

Have just downloaded google-chrome 64 bit seems fine.

Now to give it a good run.

So far looking great.

Thanks to Jerry and the Team  :) :) :)

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Re: Linux Lite 3.0 Beta Released
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2016, 09:36:42 AM »
 

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Very exciting. Downloading now. Thanks to all involved for the hard work.
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.0 Beta Released
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2016, 09:36:53 AM »
 

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I'm going to try the 32bit version. I'm sure we'll have lots of 64 users. I'm also going to try it on more than one computer, of different ages & configurations (Intel, AMD, nVidia, netbook, etc.) Even with a few bumps there's nothing like a fresh install of a spankin' new OS. Great start to the week.
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.0 Beta Released
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2016, 09:39:13 AM »
 

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Thanks folks, love the comments! Happy testing :)
 

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Running x32 right now. When you boot up you get the "notify-send "VBoxClient: the VirtualBox kernel service is not running.  Exiting." message. May want to repost the link to how to fix that for folks who are puzzled. 2.6 & 2.8 did it as well. there is a simple edit in leafpad. I guess it's me but I can't find the 'Lite control center'. After install I went to click the quickstart. . . and there isn't one. And I can't seem to find it at all. Have also posted the 'share your hardware configuration'. Otherwise, having fun. Series 3 will be a hit.
 

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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2016, 10:37:59 AM »
 

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Nice catch Ottawagrant on VirtualBox, I'll fix that :)
 

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Bluetooth A2DP works out the box........Great  :) :) :) :)

No more editing bluetooth files  8)
 

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Bluetooth A2DP works out the box........Great  :) :) :) :)

No more editing bluetooth files  8)

Nice!
 

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« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2016, 11:16:58 AM »
 

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Running x32 right now. When you boot up you get the "notify-send "VBoxClient: the VirtualBox kernel service is not running.  Exiting." message. May want to repost the link to how to fix that for folks who are puzzled. 2.6 & 2.8 did it as well. there is a simple edit in leafpad. I guess it's me but I can't find the 'Lite control center'. After install I went to click the quickstart. . . and there isn't one. And I can't seem to find it at all. Have also posted the 'share your hardware configuration'. Otherwise, having fun. Series 3 will be a hit.

Had that happen to my friend's HP laptop on LL 2.8 just this morning. Me and him thought nothing of it.

On the topic of this thread, I am going to test 3.0 beta out on real hardware. Don't count on it though as I'm having the internet connection issues I've always had, and need to get a new AC 90W charger for my Dell laptop to test it on. Hopefully on eBay, I will order it tonight. From what I see on the screenshots, great job LL team! The wallpaper I like alot too, though it somehow (unfortunately) reminds me of the default Vista wallpaper, with all the smooth lines and smooth transition of colors behind the Citrine gem.

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NOt sure if I missed this discussion, but what happened to the "Lite Control Center"? 
The icon was on the panel as of 2.8.
Will it be returning?

Thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2016, 01:06:35 PM »
 

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Not sure what the problem is. But i am unable to get this working. I downloaded the 64 bit iso file. I used the dd command to write the iso file to a 4gb usb stick. It boots up but i can't get passed the countdown, once it reaches zero it starts at 10 again. I then used multisystem to create a bootable usb drive but then i need to enter a username and password to get into LL.

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