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Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
« on: April 21, 2020, 11:28:50 PM »
 

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Release Announcement

Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 is now available for testing. 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GUFW has been replaced by the highly configurable FireWallD:



New Updater notifier:



Enabled by default to notify twice per day.
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):



Mousepad replaces Leafpad:



Paint now added to Accessories:
(Gnome Paint)



XFCE Screensaver now included, disabled by default:



Updates and other software during slideshow will now install your hardware drivers, eg. if you have an nVidia video card, they will be installed before you reboot:



Lite Software:

Pinta is gone (not being actively maintained)
Zim replaces unsupported CherryTree as the note taker of choice.
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.



Help Manual - massive update:



Lite Welcome (shortcuts now work) and Lite User Manager now updated to GTK3 and Python3:



New Logout options:





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

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

We will go into greater details for each new feature, the why's and what's in the Final release announcement. In lieu of any specific instructions, the new in-built Help Manual will have instructions for all of our new features.

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.

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

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...

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 thatís the firmware youíre 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/

Details:

Kernel: 5.4.0-25 (custom kernels also available via our Repository for versions 3.13 - 5.6)
Firefox: 75.0
Thunderbird: 68.7.0
LibreOffice: 6.4.2.2
VLC: 3.0.9
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 - not working on first installer slide.
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`
- sudo update-grub

29-04-2020: Weird bug now appears after successful OEM install, /etc/apt is removed. Will keep a close eye on it.

You tell me.

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

Downloads:

HTTPS:

Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 64bit
MD5SUM: a8f1fee28c097deb611a72036cf5ce28
SHA256: 7de60fa4416b7bf3c05574707c2c45a019ee27cc3f27921d254b868aff1a1b26
Size: 1.4Gb (DVD, USB)

TORRENT: (Fastest way to download the RC)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-5.0-rc1-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: 7194117645201fe65a5b210fcc91b43a94c59288
Size: 1.4Gb (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-5.0-rc1-64bit.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.

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.

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

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

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 RC release, there are bound to be bugs etc. Please help make the final stable for other people by participating in this RC. Please report any bugs and feedback in this thread.



Thank you :)

Jerry and the team.
Last Edit: April 29, 2020, 08:50:08 PM by Jerry
 


Re: Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2020, 09:35:10 AM »
 

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systemd???

Guess he meant to reply in the systemd post. Looking good LL 5! Will download and try it in a VM as soon as I can and report back any findings; good ones and band ones too. :)
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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2020, 10:30:20 AM »
 

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Running iso from hdd using grub and with persistence.
Updated without a problem.

Two minor points so far:
    1) Google chrome supposed to replace chromium but doesn't appear in Lite-Software
    2) Concerning chrome again, in the welcome app, scrolling down to lite software and chromium web browser is mentioned but not google chrome.

    Otherwise looks good and fresh :)
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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2020, 12:42:10 PM »
 

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Thank you @Jerry for the shout-out and credit. It's great to see everything coming together for LL5, from all of your hard work.
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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2020, 07:29:42 PM »
 

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    1) Google chrome supposed to replace chromium but doesn't appear in Lite-Software


Screenshot of Chrome missing in Lite Software please? Did you change sources in Lite Sources?
 

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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2020, 07:29:58 PM »
 

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Thank you @Jerry for the shout-out and credit. It's great to see everything coming together for LL5, from all of your hard work.

Cheers sir :)
 

Re: Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2020, 10:07:16 PM »
 

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in the welcome app, scrolling down to lite software and chromium web browser is mentioned but not google chrome.


Fixed, thank you, good spotting! UEFI & Secure Boot info now added to Lite Welcome too.
 

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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2020, 02:37:52 AM »
 

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I'm sorry, that reply was to a different thread.  How it ended up here I still haven't figured out!  I've tried to delete it, but it only lets me "modify" it.  Please delete it - I have copied-and-pasted it to the appropriate thread in the Off-Topic section.

By the way, I like all the cool tools you have in Linux Lite 5.0!
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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
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@Jerry Hi, I never touched lite-sources

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Screenshot of Chrome missing in Lite Software please? Did you change sources in Lite Sources?



I changed lite-sources to a UK repository and updated and it now shows Chrome in Lite-software :)

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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2020, 06:15:52 AM »
 

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A few uploads already - https://www.linuxliteos.com/hardware_results.php?q=Linux+Lite+5.0+LTS#search_results of which at least half look to be UEFI.
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I use aria2 to download stuff and when downloading LL 5.0rc got this message:
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[WARN] aria2c had to connect to the other side using an unknown TLS protocol. The integrity and confidentiality of the connection might be compromised.Peer: plug-mirror.rcac.purdue.edu (128.211.151.254:443) Going here plug-mirror.rcac.purdue.edu in chromium takes me to some kind of repository, which I guess would be OSDN's



I stopped the download since it looked pretty weird and had never seen that before, so ... is this normal? Is it safe to continue the download? This happens using both methods: HTTPS and Torrent.

EDIT: After having googled for the message I found this post https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/502763/aria2c-had-to-connect-to-the-other-side-using-an-unknown-tls-protocol-why and seems it has something to do with aria2 according to the answer on that post:
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this is just GnuTLS library reporting that it's using TLS 1.3 and aria2c not understanding what "TLS 1.3" is.

So it would seem it is completely safe to continue the download :)
Last Edit: April 25, 2020, 09:37:43 AM by Moltke
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Re: Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2020, 09:09:32 PM »
 

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Absolutely wonderful release!

Iíve run it through as much as I could think of for two days and havenít been able to locate any issues so far. It installed fine alongside Lite 4.8 and Solydx-10, using ďSomething elseĒ in the installer. Grub found the other systems on the drive and was easy to modify to show Linux Lite, as you noted. Was able to customize the whole system to my preferences in less than an hour.
Happy to still see Clementine in Lite Software, with an updated version. Nice touch with the Lite customization of Neofetch.

Iíll keep testing but donít know what else I can try that effects the way I use my OS.
 

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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2020, 11:02:23 AM »
 

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I attempted to install this RC on my 32bit UEFI Lenovo 100S which has been problematic with previous versions.

Balena Etcher (v1.5.81 portable on Windows 7) failed to produce a bootable USB stick from the ISO :-(.  Showed "ubuntu" twice in the F12 boot menu but both items booted the existing 4.8 install.  Insult was added to the disappointment by the size of the download...

Rufus (v3.10 portable on Windows 7, default options) produced a USB drive that showed up as something like "USB UEFI Mass Storage" (didn't write down the exact text) in the F12 boot menu, which when selected booted up to the live environment from the USB drive (so the 32bit UEFI worked! Yay!).  Started installation and that went all the way through until a failure to grub-update the internal eMMC drive was reported.  I had selected to manually manage partitions so as not to disturb the existing partitioning arrangement (the ext4 & swap partitions were set for reformatting however reformatting the UEFI System partition was not offered as an option) so this may have contributed to the failure.  After the grub-update failure message a window was displayed indicating that a problem report would be submitted said window was closed, however that window could not be closed.  I didn't have any network connected when this happened but after plugging in a USB to ethernet adapter (TP-Link UE-300 which has worked for previous LL installs) the situation didn't improve (not that I really expected it to).  I rebooted, getting the expected message to remove the installation medium, and arrived at the minimal GRUB prompt.  I won't have time until next weekend to try again (this device at the moment is a test hack not a daily driver, so resolution not urgent).

NB: Rufus detected a version discrepancy with several SysLinux files between what it had available and what was used in the ISO and requested permission to download the matching files - when approved the download proceeded and writing the flash image commenced.

Bonus outcome from this RC: this notebook's keyboard and touchpad both worked with the live environment without any fiddles = a huge advance from 4.x! :)

Incidentally my ISP's routing to OSDN resulted in a download speed averaging only about 100kB/s and it failed to complete several times :( - fortunately Firefox (Win7) was able to resume the download each time and the final ISO passed the hash check.  This is worse than other recent OSDN downloads I've had which averaged 200-250kB/s (still not great, but at least those downloads - of similar size - succeeded).
 

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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2020, 11:53:21 AM »
 

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RC1 torrent speed after about a minute...

 

Re: Linux Lite 5.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2020, 12:10:51 PM »
 

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Hello, can I update to 5.0 from 4.8 version?
 


 


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