Linux Lite is a lightweight distribution that features the XFCE desktop environment. Their latest version of 5.2 is based on Ubuntu 20.04.1 and ships with the kernel version 5.4. The ISO is around 1.4GB in size and using the Ubiquity installer should get you to a fully installed desktop in under 10 minutes. Linux Lite aims to be a beginner friendly distribution that includes packages and tweaks to make Windows users feel more at home when using the desktop. It uses a single panel layout at the bottom of the screen with the application launcher Whisker menu at the left much like the layout you’ll find on Windows.
When you first start up you’ll be planted at your desktop with the Welcome screen. From here you’ll be able to go through the steps to setup Linux Lite for the first time. Some of the steps include creating a snapshot in Timeshift aptly described as a “System Restore Point” , updating your system, changing between the light and dark themes and more.
Linux Lite includes most of the packages you’ll need to get up and running like LibreOffice, Firefox, Synatpic, Thunderbird and much more. You can install new programs from Lite Software which lasts some commonly used programs that can be added to your system with just a couple clicks. Some of the programs included in Lite Software are Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Chrome and more. To make Windows users feel more at home so of the programs have been renamed to mirror what they are called on Windows. One example of this is the settings package for XFCE is called Control panel. To read more about Linux Lite 5.2 click here.
Overall I think this is a decent release that should ease the transition for new users coming from Windows to Linux. What do you think of this release of Linux Lite? Let me know in the comments below!