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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 -

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 -

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.


Firefox 46.0
Thunderbird 38.7.2
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

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)

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.

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.

Looking good Jerry!!!

Now to find a little time to install :)

LL 3.0 iso 64 bit downloaded and installed to live usb through 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  :) :) :)


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


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