The "death" of Windows 7 is going to be quite an event. It was the last version of Microsoft's system that many users liked who will now be forced to switch to Windows 10 if they want to continue receiving support. The "computer scientists" in each circle are now advising everyone they know about what and how to do it. Linux distributions try to fish in troubled waters, and among those interested we have a Jerry Bezencon who a few hours ago launched Linux Lite 4.8.
This new version arrives just over four months after the previous delivery and he does it with few major changes, like some updated packages that include the (almost) latest versions of Firefox or GIMP. The kernel has also been updated, but it remains on Linux 4.15.0-74, which means that it is the same as Linux Lite 4.6, but including the latest fixes.
Linux Lite 4.8 includes updated packages
Some of the changes introduced in this version are:
- Linux 4.15.0-74. Customizable kernels are also available in their repository that go up to Linux 5.4.
- Firefox 71.0.
- Thunderbird 68.2.2.
- LibreOffice 188.8.131.52. This package, although updated, is still in a very old version (the one recommended for production teams is v6.2.8 of the suite).
- VLC 3.0.8.
- GIMP 2.10.14.
- Timeshift 19.08.1.
- Still based on Ubuntu 18.04.3.
The Linux Lite 4.8 release has been advanced. It was scheduled for February 1, 2020, but have decided to release it today to coincide with the end of the Windows 7 life cycle in what is quite a declaration of intentions. These three fewer weeks probably have something to do with not including much more notable changes worthy of mention.
Users of a previous version of Linux Lite can upgrade from Menu / Favorites / Install updates. Those who want to install it for the first time, such as the Windows 7 users they invite, can download the new versions (Legacy or UEFI / Secureboot) on the same page of the release note that you can access from here!.
Are you one of those Windows 7 users who is going to come to Linux?