Linux Lite maintainer and lead developer Jerry Bezencon announced today the availability for public testing of the Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux Lite 5.4 Ubuntu-based distribution.
Linux Lite is a user-friendly distro that aims to bring more ex-Windows users to the Linux and Open Source ecosystem. The new release of this Ubuntu derived distribution, Linux Lite 5.4, will be based on Canonical’s recently released Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system.
But Linux Lite 5.4 will ship with the long-term supported Linux 5.4 LTS kernel instead of the much newer Linux kernel 5.8 from Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS. However, users will be able to install any other kernel they want up to the recently released Linux kernel 5.11 from the software repositories with just two commands.
In addition to these internal changes, which are here to offer you better hardware support, the upcoming Linux Lite 5.4 release appears to bear various cosmetic changes. These include an updated Papirus icon theme and
ten new wallpapers.
Other than that, the devs updated the Help Manual with a new section entitled “Installing Software – From a Terminal using APT” to help newcomers understand how to install packages from the command-line.
The Release Candidate of Linux Lite 5.4 is now available for download from here and ships with Mozilla Firefox 85.0.1 as default web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird 78.10.0 as default email client, LibreOffice 184.108.40.206 as default office suite, VLC 220.127.116.11 as default media player, and GIMP 2.10.18 as default image editor.
Of course, the final release, which should be out in a few weeks, will probably ship with more up to date components. Until then, if you are willing to give the Release Candidate of Linux Lite 5.4 a try on your personal computer, don’t forget that it’s a pre-release version, not suitable for any production work.
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