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Linux Lite


Last Update: 2024-05-09 04:58 UTC


Linux Lite is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution based on Ubuntu's long-term support (LTS) release and featuring the Xfce desktop. Linux Lite primarily targets Windows users. It aims to provide a complete set of applications to assist users with their everyday computing needs, including a full office suite, media players and other essential daily software.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 16 (465), 6 months: 21 (361), 3 months: 23 (332), 4 weeks: 20 (404), 1 week: 34 (285)

Average visitor rating: 8.08/10 from 115 review(s).


Linux Lite Summary
Distribution Linux Lite
Home Page https://www.linuxliteos.com/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-05-09: Development Release: Linux Lite 7.0 RC1
 • 2023-09-04: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 6.6
 • 2023-07-10: Development Release: Linux Lite 6.6 RC1
 • 2023-03-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 6.4
 • 2022-10-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 6.2
 • 2022-10-01: Development Release: Linux Lite 6.2 RC1
 • 2022-05-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 6.0
 • 2022-04-25: Development Release: Linux Lite 6.0 RC1
 • 2022-01-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 5.8
 • 2021-08-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 5.6
 • 2021-07-28: Development Release: Linux Lite 5.6 RC1
 • 2021-04-01: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 5.4
 • More Lite releases...

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Feature 7.0-rc1 6.6 5.8 4.8 3.8 2.8 1.0.8 Feature
Release Date 2024-05-08 2023-09-04 2022-01-31 2020-01-13 2018-01-30 2016-01-31 2014-01-16 Release Date
End Of Life               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 2700-2800 2400-2500 1400-1500 1300-1400 1000-1100     Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i686, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd Upstart Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4 Btrfs, ext3, ext4 Btrfs, ext3, ext4 Btrfs, ext3, ext4 Btrfs, ext3, ext4     Journaled File Systems
Multilingual               Multilingual
Asian Language Support               Asian Language Support
Full Package List 7.0-rc1 6.6 5.8 4.8 3.8 2.8 1.0.8 Full Package List
Package 7.0-rc1 6.6 5.8 4.8 3.8 2.8 1.0.8 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.11) 1.2.11 1.2.6 1.2.2 1.1.3 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 alsa-lib (1.2.11)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 22.0.0 19.1.0 18.0.1 -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2.21 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.27)
chromium (125.0.6422.112) 124.0.6367.118 116.0.5845.140 -- -- -- -- -- chromium (125.0.6422.112)
cups (2.4.8) 2.4.7 2.4.1 2.3.1 2.2.7 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.5.3 cups (2.4.8)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.46.5 1.45.5 1.44.1 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42 e2fsprogs (1.47.1)
firefox (126.0) -- -- 96.0 71.0 58.0 44.0 26.0 firefox (126.0)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.2 2.11.1 2.10.1 2.8.1 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.4.8 freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) 12.3.0 11.2.0 9.3.0 7.4.0 5.3.1 4.8.2 4.6.3 gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) 2.10.36 2.10.30 2.10.18 2.10.14 2.8.22 2.8.16 2.8.10 gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) 2.39 2.35 2.31 2.27 2.23 2.19 2.15 glibc (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.1)
gnucash (5.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.6)
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) 2.12 2.06 2.04 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) 4.14.2 3.24.33 3.24.20 3.22.30 3.18.9 2.24.23 2.24.10 gtk (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.59) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.59)
inkscape (1.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.1)
k3b (24.05.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.0)
kmod (32) 31 29 27 24 22 15 -- kmod (32)
krita (5.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.2)
LibreOffice (24.2.3) 7.6.6 7.4.7 6.4.7 6.0.7 5.1.6rc2 5.0.4rc2 3.5.7 LibreOffice (24.2.3)
linux (6.9.1) 6.8 5.15 5.4 4.15 4.4 3.19 3.8 linux (6.9.1)
Package 7.0-rc1 6.6 5.8 4.8 3.8 2.8 1.0.8 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.2.3)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.0) 24.0.5 23.0.4 21.0.3 19.0.8 17.2.4 10.5.9 8.0.4 mesa (24.1.0)
mysql (8.4.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.4.0)
nautilus (46.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (46.1)
NVIDIA (550.78) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (550.78)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (22) 21.0.3 14.0.2 14.0.2 11.0.5 8u151 7u91 6b27 openjdk (22)
openssh (9.7p1) 9.6p1 8.9p1 8.2p1 7.6p1 7.2p2 6.6p1 5.9p1 openssh (9.7p1)
openssl (3.3.0) 3.0.13 3.0.2 1.1.1f 1.1.1 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1 openssl (3.3.0)
perl (5.38.2) 5.38.2 5.34.0 5.30.0 5.26.1 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.14.2 perl (5.38.2)
php (8.3.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.3.7)
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.0.5)
postfix (3.9.0) 3.8.6 -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (16.3)
Python (3.12.3) 3.12.3 3.10.6 3.8.2 2.7.17 2.7.12 2.7.5 2.7.3 Python (3.12.3)
qt (6.7.1) 5.15.13 5.15.3 5.12.8 5.9.5 5.5.1 5.2.1 4.8.1 qt (6.7.1)
samba (4.20.1) 4.19.5 4.15.13 4.13.14 4.7.6 4.3.11 4.1.6 3.6.3 samba (4.20.1)
systemd (255.6) 255.4 249.11 245.4 237 229 204 -- systemd (255.6)
thunderbird (125.0) 115.10.1 102.15.0 91.5.0 68.2.2 52.5.0 38.5.1 24.2.0 thunderbird (125.0)
vim (9.1) 9.1 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.20) 3.0.20 3.0.16 3.0.9.2 3.0.8 2.2.2 2.1.6 2.0.8 vlc (3.0.20)
wayland (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 4.16.0 4.14.2 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.11.8 4.8.3 xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.12 21.1.4 1.20.13 1.19.6 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.11.4 xorg-server (21.1.13)

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Version: 6.6
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-04-24
Votes: 4


TL;DR: Light, fast, snappy on decent hardware. Good for new users. If you like something lighter, go for other ones (i.e., Puppy, Peppermint).

Linux Lite works very well on my five-year old laptop. It's surprisingly decent. I installed it on my Dell Latitude 5300. Intel Core i3-8145U @2.10GHz, 8GB RAM. I found it very useful in finishing stuff I couldn't on my sluggish Windows install. I also love that it doesn't have snap.

As a former Windows user, I think many would understand my position. I have tried other distros as well so I don't think I'm not familiar or knowledgeable about the others as well. Linux Lite installation is pretty convenient and snappy, it took me just 10 minutes. The distribution provides just about every software a regular user would need, even ones that may be unnecessary on a daily basis. As a big fan of xfce, I'm very much pleased on their implementation. xfce might seem bad for other users, especially transitioning ones, but it really helps on making the distribution light and snappy. The icons and themes included can do at the very least.

Moving on to the included software, they're very decent. As usual, one might consider the addition of Google Chrome as awry but I understand the perspective that they are looking from. Since they mostly target Windows users, it would probably be better to have OnlyOffice over LibreOffice due to formatting differences. Nonetheless, that addition is very well appreciated.

There are a lot of documentation and their own Help Manual (which may even seem tacky) is still very useful from time to time. I don't think I've ever crossed major issues while running it daily, especially on part of the drivers. The system is fast and light indeed, compared to mainstream ones at least. It only used up about 14GB in my SSD and normally below 1GB in my RAM.

For other users looking for more lighter distribution, I'll very much gladly point you towards Puppy Linux, MX Linux, Peppermint, and Slax. Nonetheless, the developers are comparing this 'lightness' against the market norms so it should just be pretty fine with decent hardware, but if this can't do then those. Still, I'd like to thank the developers and the people at the forum that do their best in making this distro decent. It's not generally perfect, but for my use case, it does the job and what else could I say?


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Version: 6.6
Rating: 7
Date: 2024-03-22
Votes: 3


It's a distro that got me interested in Linux for a first time a few years ago, however, someone recommended me Mint Xfce and I decided to go for it.

I revisited the project some time ago on a live USB stick and, to be honest, I would have no interest in recommending it as the distro for newcomers.
First, apart form Lite Software, the custom tools don't seem to have purpose at all. They are installed and you forget about ther existence on the second day of Linux being installed on the hard drive.
Second, it is based on Ubuntu, which itself is not so bad if you have a huge dev team working on it. However, Lite seems to be a one-man project which might not survive a bus factor. And Canonical's decisions about Ubuntu are, to put it mildly, questionable.
Third, default software selection. I get that it might suit the newcomers, however, there is no purpose of including Google Chrome, which is proprietary, instead of open-source Chromium. A CD/DVD burner in 2024? Something to include as a recommended app and not installed as default.

On the plus side, Xfce is an excellent DE and the software is quite stable.


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Version: 6.6
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-03-11
Votes: 3


Lite works very well on my old PC. It's a beautiful distro.
I installed Lite on an HP Compaq Elite 8300 USDT.
Intel Core i5-347OS CPU 2.90GHz
8192 MB memory DDR3 1600 MHz.
It's a mini computer.

Lite is made with care. I used to have a Mac, but it became too expensive. My graphics card broke down.
Back to Linux and 1000+ distros. Why does Mac come back to my memory? Because my experience
with Mac is very good. In a non-irritating way (like Windows), the Mac works very intuitively. Well, this feeling
I also have that with Lite. It's like Lite knows exactly what I want to do, I like that.
But above all, the standard graphical desktop is just good and very beautiful; quiet and with a nice menu on the taskbar.
Everything works the way a computer should work. Based on Debian and Ubuntu LTS it cannot be otherwise. I think this combination is ideal. The Litesoftware "store" offering is not really much but sufficient. If I want more, I go to Synaptic.
My KDE tellico collection software looks very nice. I use Gnumeric and Abiword. Nice and simple; Libre Office is standard,
but overwhelming.

Lite has been created with care and a lot of attention for the user.


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