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Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« on: May 31, 2020, 05:36:23 PM »
 

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Release Announcement

Linux Lite 5.0 Final Codename Emerald is now available for download and installation.

This is the most feature rich, complete Linux Lite release to date. This is the release many people have been waiting for.
See below for details.



UEFI is now supported.

Support link - https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/uefi-secure-boot/




Changes:

UEFI is now supported out of the box. It is recommended that you disable Secure Boot even though it will work, it's just a huge hassle to have it enabled. See the new inbuilt Help Manual for ways to do this on the Start page.

No hidden telemetry:



Integrity Check during live boot (an Ubuntu implementation) Crtl+C cancels check:



GUFW has been replaced by the highly configurable FireWallD (disabled by default).
Please read the full guide in the Help Manual under Tutorials.



New Updater notifier:



Enabled by default to check for updates twice per day, and only notify when there are updates.
To disable, Menu Settings, Session and Startup, Application Autostart tab, untick Package Update Indicator.

Latest WhiskerMenu with new default sort (Install Updates is now at the top of Favorites):



Easy to use, HiDPI Settings in the Settings Manager, Hardware section with handy information:









Mousepad replaces Leafpad:



Paint now added to Accessories:
(Gnome Paint)



XFCE Screensaver now included, disabled by default:




Lite Software:

Chrome is in, Chromium is now a Snap package and we are not going to add an entire Service for just 1 out of 2,000+ packages.
Etcher - Easily flash OS images to SD cards and USB drives.
NitroShare - a cross-platform point and click file sharer for Linux, Mac & Windows for those who don't want to mess about with Samba.
Telegram - Fast and secure messaging application.
Zim replaces unsupported CherryTree as the note taker of choice.
Pinta is gone (not being actively maintained).



Help Manual - massive update:



Lite Welcome (shortcuts now work) and Lite User Manager now updated to GTK3 and Python3.
3 new options on the Welcome screen: Select Dark or Light Theme, UEFI & Secure Boot, Feedback.



New Logout options, and the ability to hide or show them via Lite Tweaks.





New default wallpaper location:



OEM installer for retailers and manufacturers (Legacy and UEFI):







Firewall status added to Lite Widget:





Language choice included on Login screen:



Dual architecture support
Trash Bin works as expected on Desktop
New Wallpapers thanks to the community and especially @whateverthing

New Help Manual entries:

- Detailed UEFI & Secure Boot information
- Installing Linux Lite to your computer - UEFI Mode
- Installing Linux Lite to your computer - Legacy BIOS Mode
- OEM Install
- Writing Linux Lite to USB on Windows
- Writing Linux Lite to DVD on Windows
- Writing Linux Lite to USB in Linux
- Writing Linux Lite to USB on Linux and OSX
- Installing Software - From Source Code
- Installing Software - From a Deb Package
- NitroShare tutorial
- USB Persistence tutorial
- Updates Notifications
- FireWall
- All other sections updated with new and relevant information

Plus dozens of other tweaks and changes, too many to list.

Special mentions:

A huge thank you to @whateverthing for his masterful artwork which without, we would be sorely lacking.

WolfLand over at the Pinguy forums. He has brought forward some time proven software to the 2020's and has been instrumental in providing us with something we can turn into a UEFI and Secure Boot supported product.

Our very generous financial supporters, you know who you are. This has been the most expensive development cycle to date. I have paid out $100's of dollars to developers in the last 2 months alone, mostly at UpWork. The changes to 2 applications alone cost $300USD and required extensive time, work and collaboration.

But I thought Linux Lite didn't support UEFI?

For those that don't follow us and our development, that was a common misconception. We've actually supported UEFI since Series 2.x, that's nearly 6 years now. You've gotten the same programs, features and tweaks as all the other Linux Lite releases, just with UEFI added. The only difference that's ever existed was that it was never pushed in the media as the default release.

Further to the above, I said we would only provide a UEFI build as default, if our hand was forced. Without going into too much detail, you can draw your own conclusions here - https://www.anandtech.com/show/12068/intel-to-remove-bios-support-from-uefi-by-2020 Now was the latest we could react. It is what it is...
In a nutshell, Intel is dropping legacy BIOS's this year. That's roughly half the CPU market. I'd say 50% is a strong, impactful enough statistic for us to act in favour of our target base. Our goal after all, has always been to expose Windows and Mac users to an alternative operating system. We can't look at ourselves and say that we are doing that effectively if we restrict half of that market, some of which have never installed an OS before, to legacy technology.

How do I know if my Windows pc has UEFI?

In Windows Search, type msinfo or msinfo32 and launch the desktop app named System Information. Look for the BIOS Mode item, and if the value for it is UEFI, then you have the UEFI firmware. If it says BIOS Mode Legacy, then that’s the firmware you’re running.

Secure Boot is supported, but unless you know exactly how to handle it, it is a P.I.T.A. at best so I am going to say...you must disable Secure Boot to enable stress free computing.

Some helpful snippets from the latest Help Manual:





UEFI Support link - https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/uefi-secure-boot/

Window Theme: Adapta
Icon Theme: Papirus
Font: Roboto Regular

Details:

Kernel: 5.4.0-33 (custom kernels also available via our Repository for versions 3.13 - 5.6)
Firefox: 76.0.1
Thunderbird: 68.8.0
LibreOffice: 6.4.3.2
VLC: 3.0.9.2
Gimp: 2.10.18
Base: 20.04

Known Issues:

No prompt to eject Media at the end of the Legacy install, prompt is available at the end of the UEFI install.
Release Notes - works only in some installation modes.
Desktop icons - English support only.
Grub - holding shift down whilst booting in UEFI mode does not bring up the Grub menu (works in Legacy mode), waiting for Ubuntu fix.
Grub menu shows Linux Lite as 'Ubuntu'. After you install Linux Lite, you can change Grub to show 'Linux Lite':

- Open /etc/default/grub as Administrator.
- Comment out: GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian` and leave GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR='Linux Lite' uncommented.
- Should look like:
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR='Linux Lite'
#GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`

and finally:

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sudo update-grub
Looks better when you are dual-booting with Windows too.


There is no upgrade path to or from RC releases.
There is no upgrade path from Series 2, 3 or 4 ( 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8 | 3.0, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.8 | 4.0, 4.2, 4.4, 4.6, 4. 8) to Series 5.

Downloads:

HTTPS:

Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 5.0 Final 64bit
MD5SUM: 21c7b2aa0eaf7ae60e3c14b491d7e408
SHA256: abba007adf5420bd3845dad7b43052a40874f31394d142ea740cc8f27aeec538
Size: 1.4Gb (DVD, USB)

TORRENT: (Fastest way to download the Final)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-5.0-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: d3b3735500e7ee77dab3fcc3144498176fdde951
Size: 1.4Gb (DVD, USB)

International Mirrors (city specific) - https://www.linuxliteos.com/mirrors.php (wait for page to load, some mirrors may still be syncing with us)

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-5.0-64bit.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.

Reviewers in a VirtualBox:
Installing Updates does not function with a Live ISO. All features work as they should, once you have installed Linux Lite to hardware or a VM.
Once Linux Lite has been installed, add the following for a complete reviewing experience:

Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-utils virtualbox-guest-x11
Don't forget the Guest Additions too!
Also, get the Extensions pack from here - https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

ISO burning Support:
Rufus, Yumi, Multiboot and other multi-boot applications are not supported.

A good, simple point and click USB ISO burner is https://www.balena.io/etcher/
In our testing, Etcher has proven to be the most reliable and is available for Mac, Windows & Linux. You should be using Etcher for a trouble free image burn on USB.



New Website
To coincide with the release of Linux Lite 5.0, I have been working with other devs for the last few months on our new website. The reason for the upgrade was to make sure we were future proofed against web technologies. Given the way tech standards and technology are evolving, hopefully we won't have to do this again for another 5 years. But if things move sooner than that, to get on as many devices as possible, then we will of course move with them. More and more people are using tablets and mobile devices when visiting our website and the new site looks incredible on mobile devices!









Minimum Recommended Specs:
1Ghz processor
768mb ram
8gb HDD/SD
VGA screen capable of 1024x768 resolution
DVD drive or USB port for the ISO image

Preferred Specs:
1.5GHz processor+
1024mb ram+
20gb HDD/SSD+
VGA, DVI or HDMI screen capable of 1366x768 resolution+
DVD drive or USB port for the ISO image

If the screen locks during Live mode, type linux into the user box and click on the Login button (no password required)

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 community, you guys are the best! :)

Jerry and the team.
 


Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2020, 07:19:11 PM »
 

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And already flawlessly installed and operating.
THANKS again, as always, for getting the job done.
Stay healthy!
 

Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2020, 08:14:31 PM »
 

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Installed very quickly and running smoothly. Faster than ever too. My thanks also.
 

Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2020, 11:26:07 PM »
 

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Using Linux Lite 5.0 right now. I love it and as my post in the desktop customization indicates, it is a cinnamon themed linux lite! Way to go Jerry! Hats off to you sir for a great version!
 

Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2020, 05:37:44 AM »
 

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Rufus, Yumi, Multiboot and other multi-boot applications are not supported.
Sorry, it seems to me that Rufus is incorrectly being described as a multi-boot application - I can find nothing on the Rufus home page that indicates it is other than an ISO to USB flashing utility.
 

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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2020, 07:22:23 AM »
 

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I have had trouble using Etcher to create the bootable USB, twice it finished saying something went wrong and ended up with a USB stick that wouldn't boot.  In the end I used Unetbootin, downloaded and ran the 64bit binary to create it by following instructions on their website.

Anyone else having/had the same problems with using Etcher?
 

Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2020, 09:17:06 AM »
 

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Linux Lite 5.0 is really impressive and an overall improvement on an already great 4.8.
Installation om my new computer went really smooth. My old computer could not install it, yet it did install 5.0 RC1 with no problems.
My computer dual boots with Windows 10. I use LL for personal/hobby use. Windows at the University.

What I really like.
- That the iso file fits on a 3" DVD
- No screen tearing, unlike 4.8, where I had to google a solution for that
- Simple scan now works over network instead of USB cable.
- The selection of software is really nice
- My laptop's keyboard functions are nearly identical to those in Windows 10.
- Beautiful, uncluttered and holistic layout
- Windows/WINE applications can more easily be added to the panel.
- MP3 files now show the embedded artwork, instead of the icon
- 5.0 is generally a lot more user friendly to new users of Linux, than 4.8.

Things I noticed
- I simply couldn't get my HP3630 printer to work. Not a dealbreaker, I'll just print in Windows 10.
- When you use the brightness keys, a bell is showed, instead of the usual sun.
- The update icon in the taskbar is coloured, but should be the same colour as the rest. Also, I'd like to remove it, if possible.
- The icons on the desktop are named different, compared to the menus. It is easy to rename them, though.
- There is a not a Lite Upgrade in the Settings menu (yet).
- In the newly installed GRUB 2.04 the OS is listed as Ubuntu.
 

Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2020, 09:20:49 AM »
 

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Used Balena-Etcher without issues.
Did notice that the SanDisk usb device i use was always the best for such things.

- - - - -

Btw, kudos to the dev!!
Had tried L.L. a while back but this latest iteration is superduper!
As a fan of recent KDE versions, might have to re-consider XFCE...

Did have issues with Dropbox this a.m., but maybe it was because it's Monday.
Downloaded directly from their site not long ago.
Even if it said that it was available on L.L., persisted at installing the app and everything works well now.

The basic selection of apps and those installed are quite nice! :)

Hope to be in this for a while.

p.s. now if i can find a good file content search tool...
 

Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2020, 09:32:53 AM »
 

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Linux Lite 5.0 is really impressive and an overall improvement on an already great 4.8.
Installation om my new computer went really smooth. My old computer could not install it, yet it did install 5.0 RC1 with no problems.
My computer dual boots with Windows 10. I use LL for personal/hobby use. Windows at the University.

What I really like.
- That the iso file fits on a 3" DVD
- No screen tearing, unlike 4.8, where I had to google a solution for that
- Simple scan now works over network instead of USB cable.
- The selection of software is really nice
- My laptop's keyboard functions are nearly identical to those in Windows 10.
- Beautiful, uncluttered and holistic layout
- Windows/WINE applications can more easily be added to the panel.
- MP3 files now show the embedded artwork, instead of the icon
- 5.0 is generally a lot more user friendly to new users of Linux, than 4.8.

Things I noticed
- I simply couldn't get my HP3630 printer to work. Not a dealbreaker, I'll just print in Windows 10.
- When you use the brightness keys, a bell is showed, instead of the usual sun.
- The update icon in the taskbar is coloured, but should be the same colour as the rest. Also, I'd like to remove it, if possible.
- The icons on the desktop are named different, compared to the menus. It is easy to rename them, though.
- There is a not a Lite Upgrade in the Settings menu (yet).
- In the newly installed GRUB 2.04 the OS is listed as Ubuntu.

- I simply couldn't get my HP3630 printer to work. Not a dealbreaker, I'll just print in Windows 10. Shouldn't be difficult, full support has been around for some time for that model.
- When you use the brightness keys, a bell is showed, instead of the usual sun. I'll have to check that on my HP laptop.
- The update icon in the taskbar is coloured, but should be the same colour as the rest. Also, I'd like to remove it, if possible. Deliberate contrast to highlight the importance of keeping your system up to date.
- The icons on the desktop are named different, compared to the menus. It is easy to rename them, though. Given our target audience are Windows users, the naming approach is accurate.
- There is a not a Lite Upgrade in the Settings menu (yet). Why would there be in the first version? It would make no sense at all to include it until it has a use.
- In the newly installed GRUB 2.04 the OS is listed as Ubuntu. See release announcement, for this is mentioned.

Thanks for your feedback.
 

Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2020, 01:42:35 PM »
 

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I downloaded the iso file several times. Did the md5sum check and its ok all the time. Used 6 different usb sticks but i keep getting the error “Something went wrong. If it is compressed image, please check that the archive is not corrupted”. after etcher finished flashing the drive. Any idea what i can do to get an error free flash? I also tried different versions of Etcher, but all with the same error message.
Last Edit: June 01, 2020, 01:58:50 PM by TMG1961
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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2020, 02:03:24 PM »
 

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Hi team,

I am excited and happy about this new release, appears to be a a feature-rich update. However, I haven't tried it yet. The only downside I can see, is that there's no upgrade path, even running latest LL. But nevertheless, I will install LL 5.0 once I have some time and taken care of some other things.

Thank you.

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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2020, 02:41:59 PM »
 

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All good. Iso downloaded without hitch.  Had to take two tries to get etcher to successfully do USB.
Install from USB - quick and trouble free including updates.  Laptop Si1520 3GB RAM Intel twincore - One partition
Like Dark Theme option  Fast and smooth :)
Spot on again team!!
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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2020, 04:16:42 PM »
 

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installed quickly, just a funny image showing up while booting up, does the same thing if i restart the desktp pc. thats all i notice so far so i put up a new post on it with a video link so you can see what i am talking about, hoping some one will check it out, its under "Installing linux lite"

titled "Linux Lite 5.0 64bit , funny start up, and restart after full install"
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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 Final Released
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2020, 04:25:11 PM »
 

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After a lot of problems during the day i was finally able to get a usb stick to boot windows 10 and then was able to create a usb stick with LL 5.0 and it installed.
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