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Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« on: April 24, 2022, 10:29:34 PM »
 

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Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 is now available for testing.

The theme of this Series is inclusion and freshness. The newest Browser, the newest Office suite, the newest custom software. It always been my goal to provide a lean, fully functioning operating system. In Series 6x this will be our ongoing focus. New to this release are Assistive Technologies. In the form of a screen reader, a desktop magnifier and a virtual keyboard. All tools that ensures our hearing and sight impaired community is no longer forgotten. A new Theme, a new System Monitor and Manager round out the main new features.

See below for details.

Linux Lite 6.0 Final Codename Fluorite will be released on 1st June, 2022.



Changes:

New Window theme: Materia

Materia is the new window theme. Keeping that familiar appearance, Materia is regularly maintained and it supports GTK 2, GTK 3, GTK 4, GNOME Shell, Budgie, Cinnamon, MATE, Unity, Xfce, LightDM, GDM, Chrome theme, etc. Materia comes in both Light and Dark themes.





Assistive Technologies - Onscreen Keyboard + Screen Reader + Screen Magnifier

It's a well known fact that we target Windows users. Out of the box, Windows offers a fairly complete system. That includes tools for the hearing and sight impaired. In this release you can zoom in on the desktop, have a screen reader talk to you and complete tasks with an onscreen keyboard. All these functions will also be highly configurable.

Onscreen Keyboard: Onboard

The onscreen keyboard application is Onboard. On-screen virtual keyboard is an alternative input method that can replace a real hardware keyboard. Virtual keyboard may be a necessity in various cases. For example, your hardware keyboard is just broken; you do not have enough keyboards for extra machines; your hardware does not have an available port left to connect a keyboard; you experience difficulty in typing on a real keyboard; or you are building a touchscreen-based web kiosk.



Screen Reader: Orca

Orca is a free and open-source, flexible, extensible screen reader from the Gnome project for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Using various combinations of speech synthesis and braille, Orca helps provide access to applications.

If you select Orca Settings, it will be enabled, you have been warned. Just Open System Monitor and kill the Task if it annoys you, use Insert key + S, or simply Logout/in. If you want it to autostart when you start your computer, go to Session and Startup, Application Autostart tab and tick the Orca box.

Insert+S toggle speech on and off.

More information on usage - http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/jammy/en/man1/orca.1.html







Screen Magnifier: Left Alt + Mouse Scroll-wheel

Fairly self explanatory. Zoom in on any part of the desktop with the Left Alt + Mouse Scroll-wheel key combo.



New Default Web Browser: Google Chrome

Now that Firefox comes as a Snap package from Ubuntu, and Windows users need to be able to deal with as few package managers as possible, Chrome was the obvious replacement choice. Huge market share, Windows familiarity, just about everything you throw at it just works, all with the backing of a little known company called Google. We also include a built in Virus Scanner to Chrome supplied by Virus Total (disabled by default). Now Chrome will ask you if you'd like a file scanned before you open it. To enable this feature, just turn it On under Chrome Extensions.







New Grub menu:

Memtest no longer appears in the Grub menu. With so many PE and bootable tech tools out there now, it seems like an unnecessary added extra that I doubt even 5% of people ever used. New look Live Grub below now has Restart, Shutdown as well as the usual options.



LibreOffice

A new approach. With LibreOffice in this Series, we will now provide the latest version with every release. Eg. When we release 6.2, we will make sure the latest stable LibreOffice is provided. No longer will we lag behind for the duration of a Series. In between each release, that version will stay static. It will only be updated with each inner Series upgrade. It will not be the 'early adopter' version (as shown below) but the latest stable as shown in red.



Lite Patch:

We used to get Lite Software to do all the heavy lifting here, but now with it's own package, emergency fixes can be applied super quick.

System Monitoring Center: replaces Task Manager and Process Viewer

Gone is the Task Manager and Process Viewer, replaced by a tool that does both jobs and more. Htop is still installed, just no longer on the Menu.
We've forked the new System Monitoring Center to provide more specific information regarding Linux Lite (see the System tab).
With System Monitoring Center, you get information about your CPU, RAM, Disk, Network and GPU. You also get Performance, Processes, Startup, Services and System tools and information in one easy to use, highly configurable application. This is one of the nicest, most sensible applications I have seen on the free software world for a long time, and we are lucky to have it.













Other Changes:

- Fixed SCP problem via .bashrc
- Close confirmation new feature in Thunar
- Close confirmation new feature in Terminal
- New Whisker Menu
- El-Torito in, isolinux out - https://wiki.osdev.org/El-Torito

Plus many other tweaks and changes.

Window Theme: Materia
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 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/

Details:

Kernel: 5.15.0-25 ( custom kernels also available via our Repository for versions 3.13 - 5.17 )
Chrome: 100.0
Thunderbird: 91.7.0
LibreOffice: 7.2.6.2
VLC: 3.0.16
Gimp: 2.10.30
Base: 22.04

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.
Dropbox: if you get an error, run the set up twice.
There is NO Grub Edit in Lite Tweaks in this Series for Linux Lite due to an unsolvable issue. Ubuntu will show in the Grub menu if you are dual or more booting. Try Grub Customizer if it annoys you.
Grub menu shows Linux Lite as 'Ubuntu'. See below for more on this.

- 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

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.

Help Manual is 90% complete.

OEM Install option - is broken and crashes near the end of the install. If a fix can't be found, it will be excluded from each release until a solution if found.

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 6.0 RC1 64bit
MD5SUM: 8f3d3fd35b6dd8cb8c12728957a25f23
SHA256: 4da311772e7eab892c300a41fc30d8f88ce11c4b95464b068be5a3f90b65cb61
Size: 2.1Gb (DVD, USB)

Yes, it's our biggest ISO to date, software evolves and gains more features, that's what happens. Linux Lite still boots to 520mb of used memory on your average system so we are still Lite, and still half the size of a Windows 11 ISO with arguably more useful off the Menu features.

Checking the MD5SUM and SHA256 of the Linux Lite ISO:

MD5SUM
Open a Terminal on Linux Lite and do:

Code: [Select]
md5sum linux-lite-6.0-rc1-64bit.iso
SHA256
Open a Terminal on Linux Lite and do:

Code: [Select]
sha256sum linux-lite-6.0-rc1-64bit.iso
TORRENT: (Fastest way to download the RC)

64bit Torrent from here - linux-lite-6.0-rc1-64bit.iso.torrent
Hash: c6fed391346e8fc89a7d356536e3a68742b8dee1
Size: 2.1Gb (DVD, USB)

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-6.0-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.

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)

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.
 

Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2022, 10:32:55 PM »
 

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Very nice thank you
 

Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2022, 11:57:50 PM »
 

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Jerry,

For newbies like myself... I assume this is for a clean install, not an upgrade, correct?
 

Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2022, 12:14:26 AM »
 

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Jerry,

For newbies like myself... I assume this is for a clean install, not an upgrade, correct?

Correct.
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2022, 12:40:05 AM »
 

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Awesome.  I think I'll give it a go sometime in the next few days.  I'm an old fart and have doctor appointments to attend this week for both me and my wife.

Please let me know if there is something in particular I should watch out for.  Or if there is a feature/app I should test for issues and post logs.

Thanks.

Joe
 

Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2022, 09:40:01 PM »
 

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Everything is progressing smoothly. I'm at about 85-90% through on the install. No hiccups. It does seem to be a bit slower than the 5.8 install.

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Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2022, 02:56:01 AM »
 

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Hi , first of all thanks you for your amazing work it's my first linux from windows and i love it !  :57:

I noticed some problem, the iso on my usb won't boot because there is no bootia32.efi so i added it my self . (I have a strange laptot with a 64bit cpu but a 32bit UEFI  :037: the asus stransformer book T200TA)
The installation was okay no problem there , but once i'm asked to reboot and then remove the usb stick my linux it will not boot and go back to uefi screen  :banghead

Is there anything that i can do to make it boot ?
 

Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2022, 04:08:01 AM »
 

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I noticed some problem, the iso on my usb won't boot because there is no bootia32.efi so i added it my self . (I have a strange laptot with a 64bit cpu but a 32bit UEFI  :037: the asus stransformer book T200TA)
The installation was okay no problem there , but once i'm asked to reboot and then remove the usb stick my linux it will not boot and go back to uefi screen  :banghead
At a guess, the bootia32.efi you put on your USB drive didn't get copied to the EFI System Partition (aka ESP) on your boot drive.  You should be able to mount that partition in the live system (booted from USB) and copy that file from the USB ESP to the boot drive ESP, unmount the boot drive ESP, shut down the live system and remove the USB then boot the machine.
 

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Jerry,

will Firefox still be an installable package from Lite Software?

I understand your decision about selecting Chrome but I prefer not to use it.  Not that I'm any fan of Snaps and other solutions of that ilk either...

Thanks,
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Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2022, 05:10:22 AM »
 

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Jerry,

will Firefox still be an installable package from Lite Software?

I understand your decision about selecting Chrome but I prefer not to use it.  Not that I'm any fan of Snaps and other solutions of that ilk either...

Thanks,
Andy.

Yes that's correct. FF will be in Lite Software in the final. There will be a warning beside it saying 'Snap Package'.
 

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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2022, 09:45:31 AM »
 

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@Jerry ,

This was quick.  I didn't expect a Linux Lite release candidate so soon after the release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.  I'm looking forward to getting off LL 4.8 for this Thinkpad.  I'm also hoping whatever was in Ubuntu 18.04 or Xfce during that time that wouldn't work with my Dell docking station will work now.  I had to go a different route from Linux Lite for Dell Latitude.  Ready to bring it back.
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Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2022, 11:47:56 AM »
 

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Hi , first of all thanks you for your amazing work it's my first linux from windows and i love it !  :57:

I noticed some problem, the iso on my usb won't boot because there is no bootia32.efi so i added it my self . (I have a strange laptot with a 64bit cpu but a 32bit UEFI  :037: the asus stransformer book T200TA)
The installation was okay no problem there , but once i'm asked to reboot and then remove the usb stick my linux it will not boot and go back to uefi screen  :banghead

Is there anything that i can do to make it boot ?
I have similar issues. I have to choose CSM boot instead of UEFI. I wish it worked in UEFI mode.

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Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2022, 12:04:55 PM »
 

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Not a big deal because the 6.0 install seems to be working fine, but I get this graphics "hiccup" just before the desktop loads. I didn't have this issue with 5.8.

I assume this is due to a graphics driver issue from x.org. If anyone here has a suggestion on a fix I appreciate your input.

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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2022, 12:06:45 PM »
 

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@Jerry I'll be installing in Virtual Box and see if I can dig up some hardware

@Giyom
Have you tried LL5.8 by chance and will it boot correctly with the 32bit UEFI?
I have a tablet that I have only messed with in the slight and sometimes the 32bit grub (if I recall) might need installed...


Just a friendly reminder... This is a TEST - Release Candidate
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.

See the previous series RC for testing suggestions...
https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/release-announcements/linux-lite-5-0-rc1-released/


@OzarkJoe
As this is an RC release, the 'BUG' you experienced may not be corrected until the Final Release...



Including system specs along with the found bug is beneficial to ensuring it is corrected.

Lite System Report with BIOS/Motherboard - CPU - Graphics - Memory RAM - Network at a minimum for most or CLI output with similar
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LL4.8 UEFI 64 bit ASUS E402W - AMD E2 (Quad) 1.5Ghz  - 4GB - AMD Mullins Radeon R2
LL5.8 UEFI 64 bit Test UEFI Kangaroo (Mobile Desktop) - Atom X5-Z8500 1.44Ghz - 2GB - Intel HD Graphics
LL4.8 64 bit HP 6005- AMD Phenom II X2 - 8GB - AMD/ATI RS880 (HD4200)
LL3.8 32 bit Dell Inspiron Mini - Atom N270 1.6Ghz - 1GB - Intel Mobile 945GSE Express  -- Shelved
BACK LL5.8 64 bit Dell Optiplex 160 (Thin) - Atom 230 1.6Ghz - 4GB-SiS 771/671 PCIE VGA - Print Server
Running Linux Lite since LL2.2
 

Re: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 Released
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2022, 12:19:07 PM »
 

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edit: I didn't realize this is a "bugs only" reporting thread for 6.0 RC1. My apologies for posting.


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