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Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« on: July 30, 2017, 03:21:32 AM »
 

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Release Announcement

Linux Lite 3.6 Beta is now available for testing. There have been a number of changes since the 3.4 release.
In this release, we introduce two major new features, Lite Sources and the Linux Lite Help Manual search engine for both online and offline mode.
See below for all the changes.

Linux Lite 3.6 Final will be released on September 1st, 2017.



Lite Sources - A new application for Linux Lite. Lite Sources is a repository selector for Linux Lite created/branded applications.

1. Menu, Settings, Lite Sources.



2. Enter your password.



3. Click on the Check Repos status button. We need to do this first to see which mirrors are currently active.



4. You will see the following dialogue box. Hit any key when you are ready.



5. Wait for the repository check to complete.



6. Make note of an ONLINE repository.



7. Select an ONLINE repository then click on Use selected Repo.



8. When finished, you'll get a notification.



NOTE: Lite Sources does not include Ubuntu repositories or software. This is only for Linux Lite created applications eg. Lite Software, Lite Welcome, Lite Tweaks etc.


New Search engine for the Help Manual - The Linux Lite Help Manual has received the long awaited search engine. This is the culmination of 4 free software projects rolled into one.
The search engine has been designed in such a way that the end result produces an easy to understand UI. The search engine is available both offline and online and is mobile/tablet friendly. See the online version here - https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual

1. Each page has a Search box directly below each pages contents menu, near the top of the page. Type in your search query.
TIP: For optimal results, only search for one or two words eg. nvidia instead of how do I install nvidia drivers



2. Click on the link in the search results.



3. When you arrive at the page that you clicked on, the search engine will automatically scroll to the first instance of that word, and it will also highlight in yellow every instance of that word on that page.





Mobile friendly:



Arc theme for Thunderbird - Has been included to ensure theme continuity across Linux Lite.




Changelog:

Kernel 4.4.0-88 (custom kernels also available via our Repository for versions 3.13 - 4.12)
Firefox 54.0
Thunderbird 52.2.1
LibreOffice 5.1.6.2
VLC - 2.2.2
Gimp 2.8.22
Base: 16.04.2

New wallpapers
Better Bluray support
Better Broadcom wireless support
Samba conf file - share name shortened from linuxliteshare to liteshare.

There is no upgrade to or from Beta releases. Beta releases are for testing only and it is not recommended to run them as your main or secondary operating system.

Downloads:
HTTP:
Download 32bit from here - Linux Lite 3.6 Beta 32bit
md5sum: dd855ed8f4ff387f5e4ea6cebfea9ed1
Size: 1.1Gb (DVD, USB)

Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 3.6 Beta 64bit
md5sum: d1f886f843d6aeb86411e6c29c7d3bdd
Size: 1015mb (DVD, USB)

TORRENTS:
32bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-3.6-beta-32bit.iso.torrent
Hash: 0b23dead45af1b862eecba5bcd79037d258aa0fe
Size: 1.1Gb (DVD, USB)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-3.6-beta-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: 95582b92a8249facac524e4becc8720c2f974d23
Size: 1015mb (DVD, USB)

Live USB/DVD/VirtualBox/Vmware:

Login is automatic, no credentials are 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-3.6-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.

Especially keen to hear from those with Broadcom wireless devices to report whether or not their wireless device works out of the box.


Thank you :)
Jerry and the team.
 


Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2017, 04:51:43 AM »
 

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Great work Jerry and the team, Congrats on release of LL 3.6 Beta
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 06:30:39 AM »
 

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Linuxlite 3.6x64 beta clean install.


Linuxlite 3.6 beta ISO downloaded and installed to live usb through Etcher......No Errors


Booted from live usb for install to 250g HDD  (Dell Optiplex 780)


Installed system to HDD .....no errors.


Updating: Updates downloaded and installed.....no errors.


Drivers: no issues.


Language Support: Default was US....changed to UK...no errors.


Lite Sources: Set repos to UK.....no errors.


Lite Software: Had a problem here. Tried to install ALL lite software and it threw up a "child process error"...had to do a hard reset.
Went back into lite software selected Restricted extras and another couple of packages and it downloaded and installed no problem.
This error only seems to occur when trying to install a lot of packages at the same time.


Google Chrome: Downloaded and installed through GDebi........No errors.


Bluetooth: No issues,A2DP worked out of the box.


Systemback: Restore Point created....No errors.


Apart from the Lite Software issue a very smooth install.


Thanks to Jerry and the Team.


Now to give it a good run.  ;D ;D [size=78%] [/size]
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2017, 06:42:50 AM »
 

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@Jocklad thanks for the early tests, much appreciated!
Please let me know what packages you selected in Lite Software, and please take a screenshot of any errors.
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2017, 07:15:51 AM »
 

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Tried to recreate the error msg in Lite Software.


Opened lite software and from the top of the list selected the 1-4 packages....Downloaded and installed......no errors.


Then selected 5-8 downloaded and installed...no errors.


Then selected all the rest of the packages....Downloaded and installed....No errors.


All Lite Software now installed with no errors.  :)



 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2017, 07:17:50 AM »
 

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Thanks Jocklad, I ran similar tests here with no errors.
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 09:50:15 AM »
 

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Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 10:00:30 AM »
 

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   This computer always has problems with graphics as it was designed for Windows 7, & nVidia has discontinued support for the graphics.
So here we go:
-Booted into the live environment. Distorted graphics, but that's OK (expected)
-After install was complete & a reboot was needed the computer froze on the reboot. ctl-alt-del didn't work, a cold boot was needed (press/hold power button)
-After reboot first thing- check & install updates. No problems.
-Next- check for additional drivers as the computer was using the nouveau driver which gave me distorted graphics.
-Choices: Either xorg-video-nouveau (which it was using) or nVidia legacy 304.135, which I chose, installed & then rebooted.
-After reboot the graphics are fine.
-Ran the 'Lite sources', no problems
-Only additional software I have added are Audacious (which I like), Aisleriot (for my freecell addiction)
-Will use Firefox for the beta, and have installed uBlock origin to it, which is disabled for Linux Lite's page.
-Last thing was to run Lite Tweaks to clean up the system.

If anything comes up, I'll let you know, but I'm not seeing any problems. Nice to have this computer working again.
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 12:08:48 PM »
 

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Perfect install. Quick. No issues. No shutdown/restart problems. Same as with my Acer, will use until the release comes out & will report any issues. Time for a quick round of Freecell until the Western vs. Essendon game is on.
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2017, 12:12:23 PM »
 

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Hi. I noticed that the kernel in LL 3.6 will still be the 4.4 family. I'm assuming you're using an LTS kernel for stability. I thought you would be upgrading to a newer LTS kernel. Or are you waiting for LL 3.8 to do that?

FYI, a search I made shows that the 4.9 series is the next LTS kernel, with 4.14 to be the next one after that.

Link to that article: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Linux-4.9-LTS-Kernel
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
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I really like the new background. Reminds me of Apache. Liked 3.0 too. Reminded me of Kubuntu plasma. Actually hate 3.2 background. Reminds me of M&M's Slim Shady cd cover. Nice change for the better.

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Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2017, 07:50:47 PM »
 

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 :) No problems. Installed to a VM and have been using it for an hour. The new wallpaper/feather logo is very nice!
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
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Hi. I noticed that the kernel in LL 3.6 will still be the 4.4 family. I'm assuming you're using an LTS kernel for stability. I thought you would be upgrading to a newer LTS kernel. Or are you waiting for LL 3.8 to do that?

FYI, a search I made shows that the 4.9 series is the next LTS kernel, with 4.14 to be the next one after that.

Link to that article: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Linux-4.9-LTS-Kernel

Our policy is to use the Ubuntu stable kernels in our releases, then provide people with newer kernels via our repository. This keeps both sides happy at the same time.
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2017, 11:49:04 PM »
 

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Thank you to those who have participated in the testing so far :)
 

Re: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta Released
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2017, 02:47:27 AM »
 

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People on social media are loving the flat designed logo @whateverthing

Very cool! Great to hear it's appreciated. :)
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