Linux Lite 4.8 now available, with few major changes and inviting Windows 7 users

Linux Lite 4.8

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 6.0.7.3. 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?


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  1.   Miguel said

    Personally I was only forced to use windows 7 in the work office, windows 7 did not reach much popularity, although in a certain way only for desktop users who are unaware of the use of other linux distributions, that well any desktop environment is adaptable for the needs of any user.

  2.   Nacho said

    It has been a while since I migrated from Windows to Gnu Linux and the distro chosen for this is Zorin os because of its similarity to the Redmon operating system.
    Therefore, I highly recommend it for those who want to take the big step. It has several advantages, such as: its great resemblance to Windows 7, its ease of use, its great stability and speed, its simplicity in terms of configuration, its abundance of software, etc.

    1.    Xess said

      Very true…

  3.   david speedy said

    Personally, you could continue with windows 7 with an antivirus such as microsoft essentials and the malwarebites tool, since google chrome and firefox will give compatibility for two more years with that you could be comfortable and safe .. on the other hand if you do not want to risk my recommendation if you have a computer that is ten years old and uses Zorin os Lite 15.1, I recommend it for its simplicity and its similarity to windows 7, its lightness and stability

  4.   01101001b said

    Wind * ws 7 has a long string. QM $ stop supporting it officially means little or nothing. The real problem is not finding third-party software that still supports that version of Wind * ws.

    Wind * ws 10 was starting to be used when I just switched to the 64-bit version of XP. And never a problem. The lack of the much revered "support" was never felt (in my case). However, I did have to definitely leave XP because I could no longer find versions of the applications that I used that would support it.

    That was the final push that led me to Linux. And it's been 4 years since: D

    1.    Pedro said

      Xubuntu as always, installing everything by hand from the mini.iso

  5.   Juan Carlos Garcia. said

    Actually, many people look for the "comfort" of Windows, I find it difficult that you want to download a useful program and that fifteen hundred things are installed with the windows that open, and that for some mistake you click and install something for what you need antivirus and antitodo that in reality what they do is use valuable resources of your machine, I am with mint and it really gives me a lot of peace of mind that I do not have to "hack" the.key or the registry .. also for me the less it looks like Windows seems more interactive and interesting there is nothing more for me than LINUX MINT ... !!!

  6.   César Augusto Muñoz Palomino said

    It's good that little by little users start using Linux and that the myth that it is complicated to install / use is removed, I use debian and everything is fine, although I have dual boot installed, Windows 7 and Debian

  7.   Chema Gomez said

    It is still curious that more or less the same day that Microsoft's support for Win7 ends, they themselves officially launch their new Chromium-based Edge with a version for Win7.