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Jerry:
Release Announcement

Linux Lite 3.2 Final is now available for download. The overall theme of this release is a focus on Security. Linux Lite will now download and install the latest Linux kernel security updates when they become available via Install Updates. In this release we introduce for the first time the Lite Desktop Widget. This features basic system information as well as Updates status to emphasize the importance of keeping your computer up to date. Also in this release we've included several theme enhancements, lots of updates to our Lite packages, as well as the usual fixes from the 3.2 Beta.

Presenting Linux Lite 3.2 Final



Lite Desktop Widget - A new optional feature that displays basic system information, including Updates Status that reports the last time you installed Updates. A portion of the code for this widget was outsourced, so thank you to those who support and donate to Linux Lite. To enable this after installation, go to Menu, Settings, Session and Startup, Application Autostart tab, tick Lite Desktop Widget.  Logout then Login again, the widget will appear at the bottom right hand corner of your screen after a few seconds of logging into your Desktop. If you want transparency for the widget, go to Menu, Settings, Window Manager Tweaks, Compositor tab, tick Enable display compositing. The Updates Status will refresh information every 5 minutes eg. 5 minutes after you update, the status will change to Your system was recently updated providing there were any updates installed.

Red - system is overdue for updates, update now
Green - system was updated within the last 3 days
Yellow - a reminder that it's time to update your system

The Lite Desktop Widget shows 5 stages of Status (color coded messages):

1. System never updated - displayed after a fresh install of Linux Lite (will not change status until updated packages have actually been installed)
2. Your system was recently updated - will display 5 minutes after updates have been applied
3. 6hrs since your last update - hourly update reminders
4. 4 days since your last update - after the 3rd day, the reminder will turn yellow
5. 8 days since your last update - after the 7th day, the reminder will turn red



Grub - Linux Lite should now multi boot with other distros. I've tested this in multi-scenarios as shown in the image below:



Things to be aware of - If you want Linux Lite at the top of Grub, use Grub Customizer - http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2016/04/install-grub-customizer-ubuntu-16-04-lts/ It allows you to set up Grub to your liking. Hopefully, this puts to rest any previous concerns about Grub not playing nice with other distros. In summary, Linux Lite now multi-boots with other operating systems, the only change you should ever need to make, and this is purely personal, is the order in which they show in the Grub Menu.

Upgrading - I've listened to all the feedback in the past regarding upgrading in Linux Lite and there still appears to be some confusion over how we do this, even though it's been clearly explained, we cannot overcome perception. The solution to this, is to revert back to our standard method which is to do:

> Menu, Favorites, Install Updates
> Menu, Settings, Lite Upgrade

Lite Upgrade - What it will do:

- Lite Desktop Widget
- New Terminal theme
- New Lite Welcome
- New Lite Tweaks
- New Lite Manual
- New Lite Software
- New Resource Usage theme
- Newest Linux Kernel
- New Wallpapers
- Bug fixes, enhancements
- Better contrasting Icons (Faenza Dark)
- Back up your existing config files to: /home/user/.llupgradebackup/3.0/

Lite Upgrade - What it won't do:

- New Grub config (potential to ruin peoples existing multi-boot setups)
- New Boot Splash (3.0 users may have grown used to it)
- Comprehensive sources.list (risk to peoples existing sources.list file, you will still get Linux kernel security updates)

There is no upgrade path to or from Beta releases.
There is no upgrade path from Series 2 ( 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8 ) to Series 3.

Kernel & Install Updates - With Security at the forefront of most peoples minds these days, we in the linux world should be just as vigilant. Linux Lite will now automatically download and install the latest Ubuntu kernel via Install Updates. In order for this to work, we've changed the code in Install Updates from upgrade to dist-upgrade. I've been running dist-upgrade for a number of weeks now and although in the past I've recommended against it, our OS is now to a state where there should be no adverse affects. Just remember, over time kernels will build up in your system, run the Kernel Removal tool in Lite Tweaks to clean out your system periodically.

Some explanation:

apt-get upgrade - This command upgrades all installed packages.

apt-get dist-upgrade - Tells APT to use "smart" conflict resolution system, and it will attempt to upgrade the most important packages at the expense of less important ones if necessary. Not to be confused with do-release-upgrade which would upgrade you from one LTS to the next.

Lite Welcome - Has been updated and now includes the convenience of upgrading from the Start section.

Improved Boot Splash - Now easier on the eyes and displays the Eject message at the end of installation more clearly.



Tray Icons - better contrasting



Resource Usage - better contrasting



Updated Terminal theme  - better contrasting



Help Manual - Contains a new section on the Lite Desktop Widget and other minor changes and updates to existing information.

Changelog:

Firefox 49.0.2
Thunderbird 45.4.0
LibreOffice 5.1.4.2
VLC - 2.2.2
Gimp 2.8.18
Base: 16.04.1
WhiskerMenu - latest

Additional Changes:

New - Wallpapers (community selected)
New - 'Release Notes' link on installer now opens 'Start' page in the Help Manual
Fixed - Mime type for debian packages should now open with Gdebi by default
Fixed - Lite User Manager - /var/mail/ error after removal of user
Updated - comprehensive sources.list
Linux Generic Kernel - should now ensure automatic kernel upgrades via Install Updates
No longer able to report Share Hardware Information from a Virtual machine

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

Downloads:

HTTP:
Download 32bit from here - Linux Lite 3.2 Final 32bit
md5sum: 12d43af6f746cf5ade8f1408da5f84c8
Size: 990mb (DVD, USB)

Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 3.2 Final 64bit
md5sum: c0e272b0bc8b3a818d8ecb4c07bfdd4d
Size: 977mb (DVD, USB)

TORRENTS:
32bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-3.2-32bit.iso.torrent
Hash: bffbe96397b034aac43fd7227cb32b937d4af98a
Size: 990mb (DVD, USB)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-3.2-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: 7385ca64946612b3bd6b2e60b2c4eb79d1aa77f0
Size: 977mb (DVD, USB)

INTERNATIONAL DOWNLOAD MIRRORS: https://www.linuxliteos.com/download.html#mirrors

Yumi, Multiboot and other multi-boot applications are not supported.

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-3.2-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.


Thank you :)
Jerry and the team.

Jocklad:
Another great job from Jerry and the Team.

Many thanks.

Donation sent  :)

Jocklad

Ottawagrant:
Hi Jerry: Thank you for clarifying one point I had forgotten. That you cannot upgrade from a Beta 3.2 to a Release 3.2. Because Linux Lite 3.0 was a fresh install I could not remember what we did back in 2.8. I had been using the Beta, but had planned to do a fresh install anyway. Nothing like a freshly installed OS. Thank you for all your, and contributors, hard work.

bfb:
Lite upgrade from 3.0 to 3.2 not working.
I have the message that 'You are already running the latest release' which I am not...

Jerry:

--- Quote from: Jocklad on October 31, 2016, 08:18:40 AM ---Another great job from Jerry and the Team.

Many thanks.

Donation sent  :)

Jocklad

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Thank you Sir :)


--- Quote from: Ottawagrant on October 31, 2016, 08:22:58 AM ---Hi Jerry: Thank you for clarifying one point I had forgotten. That you cannot upgrade from a Beta 3.2 to a Release 3.2. Because Linux Lite 3.0 was a fresh install I could not remember what we did back in 2.8. I had been using the Beta, but had planned to do a fresh install anyway. Nothing like a freshly installed OS. Thank you for all your, and contributors, hard work.

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You're welcome :)

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