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Title: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: Jerry on August 31, 2021, 06:44:01 AM
Release Announcement

Linux Lite 5.6 Final is now available for download and installation. This release includes updates to the Help Manual - our extensive, easy to follow Linux Lite guide, you can now install Linux Lite directly from Lite Welcome, an updated Papirus icon theme, 2 new features added to Lite Tweaks, the introduction of the 'Pay what You Want' digital download model, 7 new wallpapers, Python default version now set to Python3, and a host of bug fixes and enhancements for our target audience. If you're coming from Windows, you'll find this to be a solid, stable release that will help make your transition to a linux based operating system, user friendly.

(https://i.imgur.com/oZkGn0C.png)

Changes:

You can now install Linux Lite directly from Lite Welcome:

(https://i.imgur.com/Jetz05P.png)

Updated Papirus icon theme:

(https://i.imgur.com/w1bVZ20.png)

7 new Wallpapers of which 4 are from our resident artist @whateverthing

(https://i.imgur.com/SRstMHJ.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/aZqUxLq.png)

Lite Tweaks now has complete Brave Browser Support for cleaning the cache and setting as the default web browser.
We've also added the ability to edit the Grub Menu to display the correct naming entry - Linux Lite (only works if Linux Lite controls Grub).

(https://imgur.com/cZUBFxO.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/ipWo66i.png)

Pay What You Want

This is a road I'd never thought I'd go down, but we have no choice. Either we stagnate and accept the big G's ever changing algorithms, or we boldly go where others have dared.

I'm talking about the 'Pay What You Can' digital download model that has worked, and is working on other projects.

Linux Lite will always be free

Please read the entire thread here - https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/on-topic/linux-lite-pay-what-you-can/ (https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/on-topic/linux-lite-pay-what-you-can/)

Python

Default Python version is now set to Python3.

Plus 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 say...you must disable Secure Boot to enable stress free computing.

Some helpful snippets from the latest Help Manual:

(https://i.imgur.com/fSpldox.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/xtwAJVQ.png)

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

Details:

Kernel: 5.4.0-81 ( custom kernels also available via our Repository for versions 3.13 - 5.14 )
Firefox: 91.0.1
Thunderbird: 78.11.0
LibreOffice: 6.4.7.2
VLC: 3.0.9.2
Gimp: 2.10.18
Base: 20.04.3

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 - press the ESC key whilst booting in UEFI mode after your BIOS has posted. Use the SHIFT key if running Linux Lite in Legacy mode.
Grub menu shows Linux Lite as 'Ubuntu'. After you install Linux Lite, you can change Grub to show 'Linux Lite' (See above for Lite Tweaks new Grub feature).

Upgrading

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, Shutdown or View Log. 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 5.6 or do:

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cat /etc/llver
in a Terminal, should return Linux Lite 5.6. 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:

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sudo apt-get install --reinstall lite-upgrade-series5
and, or:

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rm -rf ~/.local/share/applications/lite-upgrade.desktop
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.

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apt policy lite-upgrade-series5
should return:

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  Installed: 5.0-0040-linuxlite
  Candidate: 5.0-0040-linuxlite

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 Wallpapers
- Updated Icons

Lite Upgrade - What it won't do:

- Set Python3 to default (see below)

Manual removal of Adobe Flash:

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sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-installer
Then perhaps use a apt-mark hold to stop it reinstalling:

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sudo apt-mark hold flashplugin-installer
For any help on removing/adding any of the above, please place a Post.

Set Python3 to default:

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sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3 10
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 5.6 Final 64bit (https://www.linuxliteos.com/download.php)
Size: 1.4Gb (DVD, USB)
Checking the MD5SUM and SHA256 of the Linux Lite ISO:

MD5SUM
Open a Terminal in the folder where you downloaded the ISO file in Linux Lite and do:

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md5sum linux-lite-5.6-64bit.iso
should return:

8c86035c534fe9972cb1e19361e2b58f

SHA256
Open a Terminal on Linux Lite and do:

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sha256sum linux-lite-5.6-64bit.iso
should return:

52eb66fa7303c5f5aa3d4161be789aa8636f4a33a6d45973e371d39894cd5dfa

TORRENT: (Fastest way to download the RC)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-5.6-64bit.iso.torrent (https://osdn.net/projects/linuxlite/storage/5.6/linux-lite-5.6-64bit.iso.torrent)
Hash: 9215b3e37b495abe2b6ec5c3c121e5c32c291fc4
Size: 1.4Gb (DVD, USB)

International Mirrors (city specific) - https://www.linuxliteos.com/mirrors.php (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-5.6-64bit.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.

A good, simple point and click USB ISO burner is https://www.balena.io/etcher/ (https://www.balena.io/etcher/) or https://rufus.ie/ (https://rufus.ie/)
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)

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:

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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 (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads)


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.
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: bonnevie on August 31, 2021, 03:47:59 PM
Everything works as advertised  ;)    Thanks Jerry, clear and easy upgrade, again.
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: ohjrson on August 31, 2021, 04:51:04 PM
Ok Just experienced something strange. Did the upgrade to 5.6, but when it finished and rebooted it gave me a weird display and could not do anything. Did a hard reset and everything rebooted. Checked version in system info. and it says LL 5.4. Yet when I do the upgrade it tells me it is updated to latest version. ???
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: Moltke on August 31, 2021, 05:06:38 PM
Ok Just expreienced something strange. Did the upgrade to 5.6, but when it finished and rebooted it gave me a weird display and could not do anything. Did a hard reset and everything rebooted. Checked version in system info. and it says LL 5.4. Yet when I do the upgrade it tells me it is updated to latest version. ???

What's the output of
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apt policy lite-upgrade-series5 run that in the terminal and paste/post the output in your reply.
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: ohjrson on August 31, 2021, 07:25:37 PM


What's the output of
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apt policy lite-upgrade-series5 run that in the terminal and paste/post the output in your reply.




 ~  apt policy lite-upgrade-series5
lite-upgrade-series5:
  Installed: 5.0-0040-linuxlite
  Candidate: 5.0-0040-linuxlite
  Version table:
 *** 5.0-0040-linuxlite 500
        500 http://repo.linuxliteos.com/linuxlite emerald/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://repo.linuxliteos.com/linuxlite emerald/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: Jerry on August 31, 2021, 08:54:23 PM
@ohjrson output of:

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cat /etc/llver
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: Jerry on August 31, 2021, 09:19:15 PM
Everything works as advertised  ;)    Thanks Jerry, clear and easy upgrade, again.

Thank you:)
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: ohjrson on September 03, 2021, 06:54:23 PM
@ohjrson output of:

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cat /etc/llver


Already didthis and it says 5.6
I guess I was just confused because it still says 5.4 in the system information....
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: Jerry on September 03, 2021, 07:05:48 PM
I've deliberately made the Upgrade tool impossible to break on the system side, UNLESS, the process gets interrupted, OR, the user does not make a selection then clicks the Action button at the end, or lastly, doesn't follow the instructions to the letter. In other words, it's not the application that will cause problems. As one  example, the user at the end could click on the X button on the application instead of following the instructions. This would cause the program to loop endlessly.

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Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: firenice03 on September 03, 2021, 07:07:55 PM
Updated 2 systems from 5.4 to 5.6...
Nice and smooth as always...
Even though 1 had 100days of updates still quick...

@ohjrson
You reboot after the upgrade?
Where are you seeing 5.4 still? Widget?
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: Jerry on September 03, 2021, 09:03:18 PM
Updated 2 systems from 5.4 to 5.6...
Nice and smooth as always...
Even though 1 had 100days of updates still quick...


Nice :)
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: Artim on September 04, 2021, 08:50:18 AM
Effortless, flawless upgrade on the desktop. Well done, Jerry!
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: Jerry on September 07, 2021, 05:20:50 AM
Effortless, flawless upgrade on the desktop. Well done, Jerry!


Thanks buddy :)

Download page gets a new Requirements table :)

(https://i.imgur.com/K8RU1zc.png)
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: newtusmaximus on September 15, 2021, 06:09:20 PM
NIce and smooth upgrade.  Thank you ( yet again).
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: kissbaby3 on November 15, 2021, 02:44:59 PM
just curious, what version of hplip comes with this version of linux lite ?, i have not moved to the linux lite 5 series yet, i'm still on 4.8.
i think i solved my new printer problem, it needs hplip version 3.20.5 ,
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: stevef on November 15, 2021, 03:13:27 PM
Based on /etc/hp/hplip.conf my LL5.6 system reports hplip is version 3.20.3
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: kissbaby3 on November 16, 2021, 06:59:27 PM
well after a long time i finally upgraded from Linux lite 4.8 64bit too Linux lite 5.6 64bit. installed so for with no problems, i checked the hplip and its the version i needed for my printer, it is supported, i miss communicated a little bit what my printer actually was, i left out a few details, my fault. the hp developer site has it listed and it needed the hplip 3.20.3, and thats what is now listed. will test my printer again later. this is a busy work week.
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: az2020 on November 27, 2021, 03:42:11 PM
Ok Just experienced something strange. Did the upgrade to 5.6, but when it finished and rebooted it gave me a weird display and could not do anything. Did a hard reset and everything rebooted. Checked version in system info. and it says LL 5.4. Yet when I do the upgrade it tells me it is updated to latest version. ???

I just had that experience too. I'm not sure what version of LL I was on (I occasionally run the "install updates" tool. I haven't run it for 2-3 months.). When it rebooted, I have a strange'ish desktop. It looks like QT desktop in some ways. It has  Mac-like "docker" at the bottom, and the panel thing (with date, "applications" button to the menu) is on the top of the screen. It seemed to lose my settings. The screen now timesout and I have to enter a password to unlock (I had it setup so it never timed out). The touchpad was enabled (I had that disabled).

For me, it's not big problem. It's working fine enough for what I use the machine for. I'm not going to try to fix it. But, I wanted to chime in that something happened. Some details which I saw you were asked to provide:

cat /etc/llver
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Linux Lite 5.4
apt policy lite-upgrade-series5
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lite-upgrade-series5:
  Installed: 5.0-0040-linuxlite
  Candidate: 5.0-0040-linuxlite
  Version table:
 *** 5.0-0040-linuxlite 500
          500 http://repo.linuxliteos.com/linuxlite emerald/main amd64 Packages
          500 http://repo.iinuxliteos.com/linuxlite emerald/main i386 Packages
          100 var/lib/dpkg status

If there is anything else I can provide to help understand this, I'm happy to do so. But, as I said, I'm fine with how it is. I'm planning to build a fresh system soon. For what I use this machine for, it's fine how it is. No problem.

EDIT: I originally mentioned that it seemed some config was gone. I just noticed my ~/.config.redshift.conf file is gone. I'm not sure what all is gone. So far it doesn't seem bad/serious. My data files are still there. Just the system config seems reverted in some way.

I also noticed the "Applications" menu button doesn't have "favorites" as a category. That's gone. (But, I can access the things I favored through the other menu categories.).

Again, it's not a problem for me. It's working well enough for what I need. But, if I can provide any details to help understand what happened, I will. This system was installed fresh about last August. I think I did a couple updates shortly after that. I don't think I did anything unusual when I did the update today. It seemed like it was all automatic. I didn't interact with it much.
Title: Re: Linux Lite 5.6 Final Released
Post by: landfill76 on December 28, 2021, 01:39:18 PM
well after a long time i finally upgraded from Linux lite 4.8 64bit too Linux lite 5.6 64bit. installed so for with no problems, i checked the hplip and its the version i needed for my printer, it is supported, i miss communicated a little bit what my printer actually was, i left out a few details, my fault. the hp developer site has it listed and it needed the hplip 3.20.3, and thats what is now listed. will test my printer again later. this is a busy work week.

Do let me know how you get on, I have had nothing but trouble getting a hp printer to play nice with linux. Am waiting for the next release of LL and will give it a go again. Also want to add that this is a much more friendlier environ with less cliquey ness than some other linux forums online! happy new year all!!