Changing Desktop Environments
Change Repository Location
Creating and Extracting compressed files
Linux Equivalents of Windows Programs
Lite Software - Install Software
Lite Software - Remove Software
- Bootup Fix
- Clear Memory
- Default Web Browser
- Hibernate, Suspend
Lite Updates Notify
PPA - Adding
PPA - Removing
Software Updates Country Location
Wine - Run Windows programs
Getting software on Linux is easier than on Windows. The vast majority of programs that you may want/need to install are all centrally located in what are called software repositories (repos). Rather than searching the web, downloading programs from various sites (some of which may not be reliable), running the installer, rebooting, etc., available software is all centrally located and available for installation in seconds. The packages/(programs) in the repositories are tested, approved for inclusion in the repos and securely signed to insure their validity.
There are a few common methods for installing and removing software. Linux Lite comes with Lite Software and Install/Remove Software (Synaptic Package Manager) applications. When the program you want is not listed in Lite Software and you already know its name, Install/Remove Software (Synaptic Package Manager) makes installing easy.
IMPORTANT: Before you run Install/Remove Software for the first time, read this first. Then come back to here to learn how to install and remove software.
1. Click on Menu, System, Install/Remove Software and enter your password when prompted.
2. Make sure All is selected in the left pane and in the Quick Filter or spy glass: type in your search query. In this example we will search for the 'audacious' music player.
3. Double click on the package you want to install.
4. Some software will ask you to Mark additional required changes? These are also known as dependencies and are required for the program to function properly.
5. Click on Mark. Now hit the Apply button on the Synaptic toolbar. The software will install and a Menu entry will be created in the relevant Menu category. For audacious the Menu category would be Multimedia.
6. Go to the Menu and your new software will be there under the relative Category. An alternative way to find your new software is to click on Menu, Accessories, Application Finder. Type your program name in the Search box and the result will display on the right. Double click on the program name and it will launch for you.
1. Uninstalling software is the reverse process of installing software in Install/Remove Software (Synaptic Package Manager). Type the name of the software into the Quick Filter or the spy glass box:
2. Right click on the software and select Mark for Removal. Now hit the Apply button on the Synaptic toolbar and your software will uninstall. Be very careful with this process as you can inadvertently uninstall crucial system software. If you have any doubts, please search the net first to see if it is safe to uninstall the software. Synaptic is pretty good at warning you should there be any potential problems.
Keeping Linux Lite up to date is a simple process.
At the top of Menu, Favorites, you will see Install Updates.
We've made the update process as simple as possible. Simply click on Install Updates and you will be asked for your password. The program will then search for updates and if it finds any it will ask you if you want to continue.
(Note: The update process updates all software on the system that came from the repos. Unlike in Windows, there is no need to update individual software programs manually. When you run Install Updates, that will update all packages that have updates available for them.)
You can set reminders in Linux Lite to tell you when new updates are available. For more information on this, click here.
To ensure that you get updates and software downloaded as fast as possible, try selecting servers from locations closer to you. In the following tutorial we will show you how to do this.
Click on Menu and type in software in the search box. The top result should be Software & Updates.
From the Software & Updates window, select Other.
From the drop down box, select a new repository under whichever Country you choose, then click on Choose Server.
Enter your password.
Click on the Close button.
The following window will appear. Click on the Reload button.
Updates are now refreshing from your new mirror.
Lite Sources is a repository selector for Linux Lite branded applications.
NOTE: Lite Sources does not include Ubuntu repositories or software. This is only for Linux Lite created applications eg. Lite Software, Lite Upgrade, Lite Tweaks etc.
1. Click on Menu, Settings, Lite Sources.
2. Enter your password.
3. Click on the Check Repository Status button. We need to do this first to see which mirrors are currently active.
4. You will see the following dialogue box. Hit any key when you are ready.
5. Wait for the repository check to complete.
6. Make note of an ONLINE repository closest to you. Press any key when you are ready to continue.
7. Select an ONLINE repository then click on Use selected Repository.
8. The new Repository will be added and updated.
9. When finished, you'll get a notification..
Before installing new applications, although completely optional, it is recommended to change the Software Updates Country Location and the Repository Location - the servers from which you download built-in Lite applications updates.
For a list of locations for Linux Lite Software application updates, click here and choose a location close to you.
Open your home folder and navigate to /etc/apt/ right click on the sources.d folder and Open as Administrator.
Double click on the file linuxlite.list and copy and paste the new repository link of your choice from here replacing the existing line. Be sure to change the word repo (from the Mirrors web page) to the codename from that Linux Lite Series eg. replace repo with diamond. See the notes on the Download page for Series information. Save and Close the file.
Now double click on the file linuxlite.list.save and copy and paste the same new repository link over the existing entry. Be sure to change the word repo to the codename from that Linux Lite Series eg. replace repo with diamond. Save and Close the file.
Next time you run Menu, Favorites, Install Updates you will get Lite Software application updates from your newly selected location.
If for some reason that new repository selection does not work, choose another location.
Lite Software is a graphic user interface (GUI) tool to easily install and remove popular software in Linux Lite. It is a convenient way to gather the most commonly used applications together and present them to the user.
The applications listed in Lite Software are not built-in with Linux Lite. Your computer must be connected to the internet in order to download and install these applications. If the application you are looking for is not listed in Lite Software, please use Install/Remove Software (Synaptic Package Manager) to search for it and install it.
Installing some of the more widely popular programs on Linux Lite like Kodi, Skype and Spotify is just a few simple steps on Linux Lite.
Go to Menu, Settings, Lite Software.
Enter your password and click OK.
Next you will be shown the Update Software Sources window, click Yes to continue.
Sources will be updated:
Once the sources have been updated, the following window will appear, select Install Software and click OK.
Next, you'll see the following window pop up. Select each application by holding down the Ctrl key. You may choose and install more than one package at a time if you like. In this example we'll choose to install, Games Pack, Music Player and Restricted Extras. Next, click the Install button.
In the next dialog, you'll be shown which applications you've selected to install. Click Yes when ready.
The programs will now be downloaded and installed automatically for you. This can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on how many applications you've selected, the size of the program/s and the speed of your internet connection.
When the install is complete, you will get a confirmation like the following.
The Lite Software window will reappear at the end in case you want to perform another task. If you have finished, click Quit.
Removing Additional Software in Linux Lite is just a few simple steps.
Click on Menu, Settings, Lite Software.
Enter your password and click OK.
Next you will be shown the Update Software Sources window, always answer Yes.
Sources will be updated:
Once the sources have been updated, the following window will appear, select Remove Software and click OK.
Next, you'll see the following window pop up. Select each application by holding down the Ctrl key. You may choose to remove more than one package at a time if you like. In this example we'll choose to remove, Games Pack, Music Player and Restricted Extras. Next, click the Remove button.
In the next dialog, you'll be shown which applications you've selected to remove. Click Yes when ready.
The programs will now be removed automatically for you. This can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on how many applications you've selected and the size of the program/s.
When the removal process is complete, you will get a confirmation like the following. Click OK.
The Lite Software window will reappear at the end in case you want to perform another task. If you have finished, click Quit.
The following is a community compiled list of Linux equivalents of Windows programs.
Most of these programs can be installed via Menu, System, Install/Remove Software. In the Linux column, you can click on any of the links to find out more about that piece of software.
Office & Design
|Internet Explorer||Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Konqueror, Midori|
|Microsoft Outlook||Thunderbird Kontact, Zimbra Desktop, Evolution|
|MSN Messenger||Pidgin, aMSN, Kopete, Emesene, Gabber, Psi|
|uTorrent, Azureus||Transmission, Ktorrent, Vuze, Deluge, qBittorrent, uGet|
|Skype (VoIP)||Skype, Ekiga, Jitsi, Google Hangouts|
|CuteFTP, WS FTP||FileZilla, KFTPgrabber, FireFTP|
|mIRC||Xchat, Pidgin, Konversation|
|UltraVNC, Remote Desktop||rdesktop, NX, TightVNC, x11vnc, SSH, Synergy, Vinagre|
|Adobe Photoshop||GIMP, GIMPshop, Krita|
|Adobe Photoshop Elements||F-Spot, KPhotoAlbum, gThumb, Gwenview, digiKam|
|Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator||Inkscape, Xara Xtreme|
|Microsoft Paint||Tux Paint, KolourPaint|
|ACDSee, Irfanview||XnView, Mirage, gThumb, GQview, Gwenview, Ristretto, nomacs|
|3D Studio MAX, Maya||Blender, K-3D, Softimage, Maya|
|Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere||Kdenlive, Cinellera, Kino, LiVES, AviDemux, PiTiVi, OpenShot|
|TMPGEnc DVD Author, ConvertXtoDVD||DeVeDe, Bombono, Handbrake, Q DVD Author|
|Videora||Thin Liquid Film|
|Windows Media Player||VLC, Totem, Kaffeine, xine, MPlayer, QMPlay2, Rhythmbox|
|Winamp, iTunes||Rhythmbox, Amarok, Banshee, Audacious, aTunes|
|Cubase, CoolEdit, Cakewalk||Ardour, Audacity, Beast, GNUsound, Rosegarden|
|NoteWorthy Composer||MuseScore, LilyPond|
|Guitar Pro||TuxGuitar, MuseScore|
|Nero Burning ROM, Alcohol 120%||Brasero, K3b, X-CD-Roast, Xfburn|
|UltraISO, PowerISO||ISO Master, AcetoneISO, CDemu|
Server & Networking Applications
|Microsoft IIS||Apache, lighttpd, Zope, thttpd, Yaws, nginx|
|Serv-U FTP Server, Filezilla FTP Server||vsftpd, Pure-FTPd, ProFTPD|
|Microsoft Exchange||Zimbra, Open-Xchange, Citadel|
|Microsoft Sharepoint||KnowledgeTree, Open-Xchange|
|Small Business Server||ClearOS, Zentyal, SME Server|
|NetLimiter||L7-filter, MasterShaper, trickle, Bandwidth Arbitrator|
|PA Server Monitor||ZenOSS, Nagios, Zabbix|
|Norton AntiVirus, McAfee||ClamAV, Avira, AVG, Avast|
|ZoneAlarm, Sygate Firewall||Firestarter, FireHOL, Guarddog, Gufw, KMyFirewall|
|Norton Partition Magic||Gparted, Qtparted, Parted Magic|
|Norton Ghost||Clonezilla, Partimage, g4u, dd, Redo Backup, qt4-fsarchiver, TimeShift|
|Winzip, WinRAR, 7-zip||File Roller, Ark, Karchiver, 7-Zip, Xarchiver|
|Capsa Network Analyzer||Wireshark, Ethereal|
|Bitvise Tunnelier||Gnome SSH Tunnel Manager, HotSSH|
|FreeFile Sync||FreeFile Sync, rsync, rsnapshot, duplicity, ZBackup, Back In Time|
|Dragon Naturally Speaking||Simon|
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Wine application is a compatibility layer capable of running many Windows programs in Linux.
Software programs are designed for different operating systems, and most won't work on systems that they weren't designed for.
Windows programs won't natively run in Linux because they contain instructions that the system can't understand until they're translated by the Windows environment. In that same way, Linux programs won't run under the Windows operating system because Windows is unable to interpret all of their instructions.
Through Wine's compatibility layer, when a Windows program tries to perform a function that Linux doesn't normally understand, Wine will translate that program's instruction into one supported by Linux.
More information can be found here - https://www.winehq.org/.
Credit to ralphy for this article.
Lite Tweaks is a program to customize, optimize and clean up your system. Used periodically it can do things like clean out various cached files, empty the trash, remove old kernels from the system if new ones are installed, remove old dependency packages no longer needed and more, freeing up additional space in your hard drive.
NOTE: For the duration that you have Lite Tweaks open, you will be asked for your password only once when you perform Administrative tasks.
Lite Tweaks can be found under Menu, Settings, Lite Tweaks.
Once opened, the Lite Tweaks window features multiple tasks, alphabetically organized by their Name by default. The Description column provides information related to the task(s) to be performed. Users can select either a single or multiple tasks for execution. They will be executed in sequential order until every selected task has been completed.
Simply select the tasks you want to complete and click on Begin.
Some of the tasks in Lite Tweaks require administrative privileges for execution, hence you will be prompted for your password when needed.
Another example, let's use Lite Tweaks kernel cleaner to remove an old linux kernel. Select Kernel Removal, then click on Begin.
Enter your password if requested to.
The kernel cleaner will only display the kernels that are not currently in use. To remove a kernel, make sure to select the "image" and "header" files that correspond to the version number of the kernel, then click Remove.
A confirmation box will pop-up. Click Yes if you are sure you want to proceed with the kernel removal.
Your kernel(s) will then be removed. (This may take a few minutes.)
Upon completion, click OK to close the window.
When selected tasks have completed, you'll be returned to the Lite Tweaks main window.
Bootup Fix is used to restore the Linux Lite splash screen (screen shown while booting up Linux Lite) if it ever gets overwritten with the Ubuntu splash by a system update or otherwise. This task requires administrative privileges for execution.
Clear Memory will clear the PageCache, dentries and inodes in your system. The Linux Kernel uses some of your system memory for caching and buffering. Linux is designed in such a way that it looks into the cache before looking onto the hard disk. If it finds the resource in the cache, then the request doesn’t reach the disk, which in turn helps speeding things up. When you clean the cache, the disk cache will be less useful as the operating system will look for the requested resource in the hard drive.
Moreover, it will also slow the system for a few seconds while the cache is cleaned and every resource required by the OS is loaded again as needed. You should not need to manually clear memory in your system as a general rule; but Lite Tweaks provides an easy way to do so without having to reboot the computer.
Default Web Browser is a user preference tweak used to, as its name implies, set the user preferred web browser in Linux Lite. Currently, it recognizes and offers support for the following browsers:
While XFCE provides a way to set the preferred application for various services (see Menu, Settings, Preferred Applications), not all applications will follow the default browser setting when multiple browsers are installed in the system and not all browsers are recognized by the Preferred Applications program. Therefore, Lite Tweaks provides the means to overcome this inconvenience ensuring that all internet links will be handled by the user defined browser when Default Web Browser tweak is used.
To set your default browser, open Menu, Settings, Lite Tweaks, select Default Web Browser from the list and click on Begin. If you have more than one browser installed in your system and notice that not all applications are following your default browser preference setting, Default Web Browser tweak will help you address it.
Hibernate, Suspend is a user preference tweak used to show or hide the Hibernate and Suspend buttons on the Logout screen.
By default, all Log Out options are displayed in Linux Lite's Logout screen.
Some PCs do not properly support Hibernate or Suspend in Linux and a user could unintentionally click one of these Logout options while on the Logout screen. It could otherwise be just a personal preference; users who do not hibernate or suspend the computer may not want these buttons on the logout screen. Lite Tweaks provides a way to hide them if desired.
You will need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.
Hibernate and Suspend buttons disabled.
Hibernate button disabled.
Suspend button disabled.
Lite Updates Notify is an application first introduced with Linux Lite 3.4. It provides desktop notifications to inform users when new updates are available for the system. It features a simple-to-follow interface that allows users to control how often should it check for updates. Lite Updates Notify is disabled by default in Linux Lite.
Lite Updates Notify can be found under Menu, Settings, Lite Updates Notify.
Click Authenticate and enter your password when prompted to do so. Administrative privileges are required to configure schedules.
Select the desired option depending on how frequently you would like Lite Updates Notify to check for updates and click on Set. You can also double-click any of the available schedules instead.
A confirmation box will pop-up once the defined schedule is set.
Lite Updates Notify will check for new updates on schedule as defined by the user. If no new updates are available since the last time updates were installed in the system, Lite Updates Notify will notify that the system is up to date, once. No further notifications are displayed up until new updates become available again.
A PPA is a repository containing one or more applications. These are often set up for new software programs or updated versions of some applications. To add a new PPA to your system, follow the guide below.
NOTE: You must ensure that the PPA you are adding, is currently supported by the version of Linux Lite you are using.
Only use the following PPAs in Linux Lite. If the following PPAs are not displayed, then you cannot use them. If you try to use PPAs that are not supported, you will not be able to receive important system Updates.
- Bionic: Linux Lite 4.x Series (diamond)
- Xenial: Linux Lite 3.x Series (citrine)
- Trusty: Linux Lite 2.x Series (beryl)
Click on Menu and type in software in the seach box. The top result should be Software & Updates.
Example: For this PPA, Trusty, Xenial and Bionic are supported, therefore this PPA is compatible with Linux Lite versions: 2x, 3x and 4x. If Trusty, Xenial and Bionic were not listed, you would not be able to use this PPA.
In the following example, we are going to add the Simple Screen Recorder PPA.
With Software & Updates open, click on the Add button and copy and paste from the web page, the ppa address of: ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder.
Now click on the Add Source button.
To finish, click on Close.
You'll be prompted to put in your password. Click on the Reload button, the new source will be added to updates, and your new PPA will be loaded.
Now got to Menu, System, Install/Remove Software and search for your application in the Search box, in this example simplescreenrecorder. Now double click on it to install the program. Click on the Apply button at the top of the window, and follow the on screen instructions.
Your new PPA application is now installed.
If for some reason we want to remove a PPA, here's how to do it.
Your removing a PPA because you no longer need or wish to run a particular piece of software, so be sure to uninstall that software before removing the PPA that is associated with it. Instructions on uninstalling software can be found here.
1. Click on the Menu, and type in software. Click on Software & Updates.
2. Click on the Other Software tab. Select the PPA you wish to remove, be sure to select the PPA that has the ticked box next to it only, then click on the Remove button. Enter your password.
3. Click on the Close button in the next dialogue box and you'll then be asked to reload your sources. Enter your password if requested to. Click on Reload.
4. The PPA removal process is now complete.
In todays world, security of your personal files is important. Whether your transporting documents on a USB drive or emailing sensitive information to a friend, colleague or company, encryption is a necessary security measure.
1. First we need to install the encryption software, in this example we'll use mcrypt. Encryption algorithms include DES, Blowfish, ARCFOUR, Enigma, GOST, LOKI97, RC2, Serpent, Threeway, Twofish, WAKE, and XTEA.
Open a terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install mcrypt -y
2. Once mcrypt is installed, we'll set a custom right click action in our file manager to make encryption of files super easy. Open up your home folder, click on Edit, Configure custom actions.
3. Click the plus + button on the right and enter in the following information, in the Command box type in: x-terminal-emulator -t "Encrypt file..." -e "mcrypt %f"
Click on Appearance Conditions tab and tick every box except Directories.
4. Go back to the Basic tab and click on the No icon button and browse to Status Icons, and select the changes-prevent-symbolic icon and click on Ok, then Ok on the next box.
Your Custom Actions box should now look like this:
5. Now we need to set up the Decrypt option. Repeat step 3 only this time enter in the following information, in the Command box type in: x-terminal-emulator -t "Decrypt file..." -e "mcrypt -d %f"
Click on Appearance Conditions tab and only tick the Other Files box, leave the rest unticked.
6. Repeat step 4 only this time select the changes-allow-symbolic icon. The click on Ok, then Ok on the next box.
7. Your Custom Actions box should now look like this:
8. Click on the Close button on the Custom Actions box.
Now we're ready to encrypt a file (only files can be encrypted with this method, not folders)
9. Right click on a file and select Encrypt file.
10. A window will pop up asking you to type in a password, it will then ask you to enter the same password again. Choose a good strong password, a mixture of letters, numbers and characters that you can easily remember.
You can now delete the unencrypted file permanently. Here you will see we have a new file with the letters '.nc' attached to the end of it signifying that the file is now encrypted.
11. To decrypt the file later, right click on the file and select Decrypt file.
12. A window will pop up asking you to type in a password. Enter the password you created in step 10.
As you can see our file is decrypted and ready to view.
If you make any changes to the decrypted file, you need to delete the existing encrypted file and re-encypt the changed file.
Sometimes we may have a collection of pictures to send someone over email. Good practice is to compress these files so that the overall size is much less. The following is an example of how to compress files.
Linux Lite supports creation and extraction of these archive file types using the Archive Manager program: .zip .rar .tar .tar.gz .tar.bz2 .7z
Archive files can be created/extracted through the right-click menu in the file manager, or by going to Menu, Accessories, Archive Manager and selecting files to archive or extract from there.
Creating a compressed file
From within the file manager, right-click on any file or folder and select Create Archive. The following example will use a file named example.txt
A new window will pop up. From here, type in the Filename, eg. example. Use the drop-down box next to the filename to select the .tar.gz extension as the archive type. Choose a location to save the file in, then click on the Create button.
We now have a file called example.tar.gz
Compressing multiple files
Best practice here is to place all the files you want to compress into a folder. In this example we have a folder called example and inside 3 files.
Go back to your home folder and right click on the folder containing the files you wish to compress. Right click the folder and select Create Archive.
A new window will pop up. From here, type in the Filename of the file (eg. example) and select zip for the archive type extension. Choose a location for the file, then click the Create button.
We now have a zip file called example.tar.gz
Extracting compressed files
Right click on the compressed file and select Extract Here
We how have a folder called example, with our 3 files inside of it.
Using Archive Manager from the Menu to create a compressed file.
Go to Menu, Accessories, Archive Manager.
Drag and drop from your file manager into Archive Manager the folder or files you want to compress. Now click on the Create Archive button.
Give the compressed file a name eg. example then click on the Save button.
Here is our newly created zip file in Archive Manager. Close that window.
Here is our newly created zip file.
This distro is a heavily modified version of the XFCE desktop environment. However, being GNU/Linux based allows people the freedom to modify their system as they see fit. There are numerous desktop environments in GNU/Linux. Including but not limited to:
If you desire to install another desktop environment, we cannot provide specific instructions on how to do this. There are far too many variables involved and much can go wrong. This kind of system modification is best left to experienced Linux users. The whole philosophy behind Linux Lite is to provide new users to a Linux based operating system, an easy to use, functional desktop experience. Our support time is better spent dedicated to helping existing Linux Lite users on the XFCE desktop.