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Linux Lite 5.2 Final Released

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Hello! I want to thank you a lot for this job, I love LL and it's working great as always.

I have only one question: when I use the System Information utility it shown Ubuntu as the operating system (I know LL is based on it), but in my desktop computer it shows Linux lite.

Is it normal? Can I change it?

Here's what some codes shows:

--- Code: --- zaov  ~  cat /etc/*-release

VERSION="20.04.1 LTS (Focal Fossa)"
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS"

 zaov  ~  lsb_release -a

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS
Release: 20.04
Codename: focal

 zaov  ~  hostnamectl

   Static hostname: zaov-linux-HP
         Icon name: computer-laptop
           Chassis: laptop
        Machine ID: 55b959beaf3c4e8c885de71ed85401c1
           Boot ID: 6682d6cec6dd4b4cb1f7bc9549fcac51
  Operating System: Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS
            Kernel: Linux 5.4.0-52-generic
      Architecture: x86-64

--- End code ---

Şerban S.:

--- Quote from: Jerry on October 31, 2020, 07:55:22 AM ---Release Announcement

Linux Lite 5.2 Final is now available for download and installation. [...]
--- End quote ---

Huge thanks!
I just Updated/Upgraded. (The exact steps).
Here is the screenshot:
I need to tweak a little the wallpaper, but it looks good so far.
Hope everything will be fine to others too! :)
It' just as I figured it out: smooth upgrade, over the last two weeks.
The Widget looks great! :)

Have a great day and many thanks! :)


As the title suggests, it is time to buy a new computer. The one I currently have simply is not productive anymore. It doesn't even have USB3 :(
It's an old HP Z800, which was a great workhorse in its day, but these days it is becoming less and less productive as time goes on.

For the new PC, I have deliberately chosen parts that will take me from cruising speed to light speed in terms of compiling code, accessing files, building and testing VM's and multi-tasking, compiling kernels, to mention the main requirements.

Here is what I have picked out, with prices:

171.35 - Cooler Master TD500 Mid Tower Case
343.85 - Asus ROG Strix B550-F Motherboard
825.00 - AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12 Core, 24 Thread up to 4.6Ghz CPU
074.75 - Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Fan
277.98 - HyperX Fury 32Gb DDR4-3200 Memory
897.98 - Gigabyte Aorus 1Tb NVMe Gen 4 M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD x 2 Read 5000 MB/s Write 4400 MB/s
234.99 - Cooler Master V 750W 80Plus Modular PSU
019.81 - Arctic Silver Thermal Paste
2845.71 - Total NZD or 1896.18 USD

I already have a fairly modern nVidia 1650 GPU so there is no need for one here.

The fundraiser will last one month. Donations can be made here - in any manner you choose. Please let me know if you are specifically contributing towards this new pc and I will be sure to make mention of you once the new build is complete.

Thank you everyone for your support, it is very much appreciated.

Jerry :)

Release Announcement

Linux Lite 5.2 Final is now available for download and installation.


Firewall now managed from Settings Manager:

Lite Widget now managed from Settings Manager:

Lite Widget now displays Laptop Battery status. Community suggestion. (only if using a laptop):

Added more Screensavers:

Added Taskbar Restore to Lite Tweaks. Community suggestion:

Added Spellcheck to LibreOffice (US only). You will need to complete 'Install Language Support' in Lite Welcome to activate this feature:

Removed deprecated GTK2 software, themes - less bloat:

Removed Adobe Flash:

Please don't ask how to install Flash. That would be like asking for the recipe for a deadly poison, then drinking it to see if it worked. Flash is gone. Long live HTML5 :)   Installing Restricted Extras from Lite Software will no longer install Flash.

Updated Grub menu image to transparent, add more color, clearer boot screens when dual booting:

SimpleScreenRecorder, Zoom and Microsoft Teams added to Lite Software. Community suggestions:

9 new Wallpapers thanks to the community and especially @whateverthing

Latest Papirus icon theme.
Updated UEFI files for build process.
Fixed notifications bug.

Brand new Linux Lite Repository - Cost free

A HUGE thank you to Thomas and the team over at for their time and generosity. We will forever be grateful to them for reaching out to us with this offer.

Many other tweaks and changes.

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

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 must disable Secure Boot to enable stress free computing.

Some helpful snippets from the latest Help Manual:

UEFI Support link -


Kernel: 5.4.0-52 ( custom kernels also available via our Repository for versions 3.13 - 5.9 )
Firefox: 82.0
Thunderbird: 68.10.0
Gimp: 2.10.18
Base: 20.04.1

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=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
- sudo update-grub

You tell me.


There has been some tweaks to the Lite Upgrade code from Series 4.x. Most notably, the end dialogue has been simplified and will ask you to either Reboot or Shutdown. Continue Working is no longer viewed as a sensible option. Also, Lite Welcome will no longer be displayed after a Reboot. Just look at Lite Widget to see if you upgraded successfully to 5.2 or do:

--- Code: ---cat /etc/llver
--- End code ---

in a Terminal, should return Linux Lite 5.2. Lastly, the upgrade log will now be stored in /var/log/lite-upgrade.log for those interested in the process. All of our code will function in the 'system space' and no longer in the 'user space'. Our overall improvements to Lite Upgrade should see people upgrading as quickly as ever with less bloat along with unnecessary dialogues and information.

> Menu, Favorites, Install Updates (you must reboot if asked to, otherwise continue to the next step)
> Set a Restore Point - Menu, System, Timeshift
> Menu, Settings, Lite Upgrade
> Reboot

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have Menu, Settings, Lite Upgrade do:

--- Code: ---sudo apt-get install --reinstall lite-upgrade-series5
--- End code ---


--- Code: ---rm -rf ~/.local/share/applications/lite-upgrade.desktop
--- End code ---

then try Menu, Settings, Lite Upgrade again.

Having problems upgrading? First thing to do is open a terminal, and make sure you have the latest version of Lite Upgrade.

--- Code: ---apt policy lite-upgrade-series5
--- End code ---

should return:

--- Code: ---  Installed: 5.0-0020-linuxlite
  Candidate: 5.0-0020-linuxlite
--- End code ---

If you've ran Install Updates and still don't have this version or greater you can either - wait 24 hours, or change to the default Linux Lite repository in Lite Sources.

Lite Upgrade - What it will do:

- New Lite Help Manual
- New Lite Upgrade
- New Lite Welcome
- New Lite Themes
- New Lite Tweaks
- New Lite Sources
- New Lite Software
- New Lite Firewall Config
- New Lite Widget
- New Wallpapers
- Add new Screensavers
- Add huge new Printer support
- New Grub image (for dual booting etc)

Lite Upgrade - What it won't do:

- Remove Adobe Flash (people may still be playing their favorite games, we won't be forcing change on folks)
- Add LibreOffice Spellcheck
- Remove GTK2 engines

Manual removal of Adobe Flash:

--- Code: ---sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-installer
--- End code ---

Then perhaps use a apt-mark hold to stop it reinstalling:

--- Code: ---sudo apt-mark hold flashplugin-installer
--- End code ---

For any help on removing/adding any of the above, please place a Post.

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.



Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 5.2 Final 64bit
MD5SUM: 75acfa25daf0117c37d9ceb72545fb89
SHA256: abd13a1aafc5824b68ea3b1e007e85ce39b2e3904f62f4de78f98d7cb5cd4104
Size: 1.4Gb (DVD, USB)

TORRENT: (Fastest way to download the ISO)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-5.2-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: 33ca7e486294da8191a3d675934cc38a92cf2267
Size: 1.4Gb (DVD, USB)

International Mirrors (city specific) - (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-5.2-64bit.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: ---sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-utils virtualbox-guest-x11
--- End code ---

Don't forget the Guest Additions too!
Also, get the Extensions pack from here -

A good, simple point and click USB ISO burner is or
In our testing, Etcher and Rufus (for Windows only) have proven to be the most reliable. Etcher is available for Mac, Windows & Linux.

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.

Thank you :)

Jerry and the team.


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