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Linux Lite

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 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: 19 (444), 6 months: 21 (431), 3 months: 23 (436), 4 weeks: 28 (341), 1 week: 36 (323)

Average visitor rating: 8.52/10 from 159 review(s).

Linux Lite Summary
Distribution Linux Lite
Home Page https://www.linuxliteos.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual/
Screenshots https://www.linuxliteos.com/screenshots/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://www.linuxliteos.com/download.php
Bug Tracker https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/security-bug-fixes/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-03-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 4.4
 • 2019-02-27: Development Release: Linux Lite 4.4 RC1
 • 2018-10-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 4.2
 • 2018-09-25: Development Release: Linux Lite 4.2 Beta
 • 2018-05-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 4.0
 • 2018-04-27: Development Release: Linux Lite 4.0 Beta
 • 2018-01-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.8
 • 2017-12-29: Development Release: Linux Lite 3.8 Beta
 • 2017-08-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.6
 • 2017-07-30: Development Release: Linux Lite 3.6 Beta
 • 2017-03-31: Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.4
 • 2017-02-28: Development Release: Linux Lite 3.4 Beta
 • More Lite releases...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 4.4 3.8 2.8 1.0.8
Release Date 2019-03-31 2018-01-30 2016-01-31 2014-01-16
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1300-1400 1000-1100    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd Upstart
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4 Btrfs, ext3, ext4    
Asian Language Support        
Full Package List 4.4 3.8 2.8 1.0.8
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Version: 4.4
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-07
Votes: 8

Linux Lite may not be quite as many bells and whistles but it is more friendly to new users coming from Windows than Linux Mint. And if those new users are on older machines, then the minimal bloat is even more valuable.

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Version: 4.4
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-19
Votes: 13

Lite makes Linux super-friendly for new Linux users. Thankfully it is light but not so light that the user has a lot of work to do after installation.

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Version: 4.4
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-05-06
Votes: 10

version 4.4
4.15 kernel
zero swap file (I have 32GB of RAM)

One of the better looking distros, made even prettier with Faenza-Dark (Cupertino) Blue (Dark Panels) icons, Black Mate theme style, BiSoft-GTK3 window style and EXO 2 fonts. (I like a dark theme and Mac like window buttons.)

Based on Ubuntu LTS.
Ubuntu repositories
Linux Lite utilites
Synaptics Package Manager
Desktop documentation linked to their web page.

(Don't be surprised if you end up searching for, and downloading, previous Linux Lite released wallpapers.)

XFCE is made for the desktop. It's clean, simple, reliable, stable. It has some window effects but no rotating cubes or wobbly windows, for example. But if your hardware supports Compositing you can adjust opacity and translucency.

hardwired control panel icons
terminal prompt
limited choice of browsers, so you will need to resort to manually installing some browsers

Latest kernels with Spectre and Meltdown fixes will most likely slow down the desktop responsiveness. So, for example, YouTube video playback may start to buffer where there was no buffering before with the 4.15 kernel. Program loading will also be slower.

Can't install other DEs, Desktop Environments, alongside XFCE, so I don't know if you can replace Thunar file manager with Nemo, from Cinnamon, for example, as it may pull in Cinnamon dependencies.


If you're new to XFCE you will probably want to browse for "XFCE tweaks and tips".

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