Linux Lite, a distribution created to show people how easy it is to use a Linux operating system, is now at version 2.0 Beta and is ready for testing.Linux Lite is a distribution based on Ubuntu LTS releases, and this is the main reason we don't see builds made for this OS more often. Ubuntu LTS versions are only made available every two years and it takes the Linux Lite developers a while to make the proper adjustments.
In the case of Linux Lite 2.0 it also means that users will get five years of support, which the developers say is the usage time for this distribution. The operating system is said to work out of the box and users should not preoccupy themselves with the installation of drivers or any other components.
The developers have been working for a few months on this project, ever since Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was still in the Beta stages. Besides making their new operating system work with Ubuntu 14.04 as its base, the devs also put in place a new repository that should make users' lives much easier. Also, a number of specific packages are now available for download.
“Now Lite User Manager, Lite Manual, Lite Software ( Install Additional Software and Remove Additional Software) and Lite Fix can evolve more easily to meet the needs of the user. In this release we wanted to combine the newest versions of well established and supported software like LibreOffice, Wine and Gimp so that people have access to the latest features in those programs,” reads the official announcement.
According to the changelog, Mozilla Firefox has been updated to version 29, Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.13.0-24, Linux Lite repositories have been implemented, the Lite User Manager, Lite Manual, Lite Software, and Lite Fix packages have been added, better Volume control has been implemented, and the terminal windows now have custom title bars.
Also, a new “lighter” theme has been added, a new system font called Droid Sans is now used, a tool for new users to easily fix common issues without needing to go to the command line has been added, the boot screen has been redesigned, and many packages such as Wine, Chrome, Chromium, Netflix, Skype, TeamViewer, and XBMC are available through the Additional Software repositories.
For more information about the distribution, check out the official announcement. You can download Linux Lite 2.0 Beta right now from Softpedia.
Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.