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Jerry:
Release Announcement

Linux Lite 5.8 Final is now available for download and installation. This release includes updates to the Help Manual - our extensive, easy to follow Linux Lite guide, Lite Widget has caught up with the latest Conky syntax, there's an updated Papirus icon theme, Neofetch has been included, we've added Mintstick to our Accessories, there are 9 new wallpapers, 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. If you're coming from another linux based OS, you'll come to understand that this lightweight OS is the feature complete desktop you've been searching for. We've been repeatedly described as underrated, here's your chance to find out why.



Changes:

Updated Papirus icon theme:



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







Neofetch

I see a lot of reviewers and users in general using this tool to give a brief system summary. Since Linux Lite is supported by Neofetch, I thought it would be a convenient, simple touch to add without contributing anything to overhead. We've also submitted a Feature Request to Screenfetch to add us too.



Lite Widget

Lite Widget has received a much needed syntax update. Based on Conky, the widget has been reprogrammed to adhere to the latest code format.



Mintstick

We've always included an easy to use DVD burner. With DVD's slowly becoming a thing of the past, the logical inclusion was to add a simple point and click USB Burner/Formatter, and it doesn't get much easier than Mintstick. Etcher is still available in Lite Software for those that prefer it. You can find Mintsick under Menu, Accessories, USB Image Writer and USB Stick Formatter.





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:






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

Details:

Kernel: 5.4.0-96 ( custom kernels also available via our Repository for versions 3.13 - 5.16 )
Firefox: 96.0
Thunderbird: 91.5.0
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' via Lite Tweaks, Grub Menu Entry Edit.


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 5.8 or do:


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

in a Terminal, should return Linux Lite 5.8. 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 ---

and, or:


--- 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: 5.0-0050-linuxlite
  Candidate: 5.0-0050-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 Widget
- New Wallpapers
- Updated Icons
- Add Neofetch
- Add Mintstick

If you don't want Neofetch or Mintstick after you've upgraded, then do either or both of:


--- Code: ---sudo apt-get remove neofetch
--- End code ---


--- Code: ---sudo apt-get remove mintstick
--- End code ---

Lite Upgrade - What it won't do:

- TBA

Downloads:

HTTPS:

Download 64bit from here - Linux Lite 5.8 Final 64bit
MD5SUM: 93a63d605fc99ea62f1d6e60fb4d3b44
SHA256: 8763eac7aa6a9b7887ab9abbbc40c469bca358a32bb35a1d46a756b5071d627b
Size: 1.4Gb (DVD, USB)

Checking the MD5SUM and SHA256 of the Linux Lite ISO:

MD5SUM
Open a Terminal on Linux Lite and do:


--- Code: ---md5sum linux-lite-5.8-64bit.iso
--- End code ---

SHA256
Open a Terminal on Linux Lite and do:


--- Code: ---sha256sum linux-lite-5.8-64bit.iso
--- End code ---

TORRENT: (Fastest way to download the RC)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-5.8-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: 6b0506c7f44a6e74c705aa820260771d9d74cec9
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 4gb or larger USB stick, or a writable DVD. Alternatively, you can use the dd command: sudo dd if=linux-lite-5.8-64bit.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/ or 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:


--- 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 - 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.


Linux Lite 6.0 Final Codename Fluorite will be released on 1st June, 2022.
Hints - New Window Manager Theme. New approach to delivering LibreOffice. New default Web Browser? Hopefully more accessibility tools. Still XFCE. Still ROCK SOLID!


Thank you  :)

Jerry and the team.

Marko94:
Thank you for new update.

I just installed 5.6 version 1 h ago and now 5.8 is out.
But I am on 5.8 already, upgraded without issues :)

Awesome work here. Still new with this distro, exploring everything  :dft003:

GorillaTech:
What is the easiest UPDATE\UPGRADE path to 5.8? Currently running 5.6. Runs Flawlessly.

Jerry:

--- Quote from: GorillaTech on February 01, 2022, 06:20:58 PM ---What is the easiest UPDATE\UPGRADE path to 5.8? Currently running 5.6. Runs Flawlessly.

--- End quote ---
Those instructions are above in the announcement.

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GorillaTech:
I performed the upgrade , but system info states I am on 5.6 still. Upgrade was successful. Must be a glitch. Thanks!

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