I kinda missed an old former favorite, Linux Lite, so I revisited it just to see what’s new. It installs effortlessly thanks to that awesome Ubiquity installer that I wish Debian-based distros would adopt! The only thing is, do not select “Download Updates While Installing.” It messes up and locks the installer, and only a hard restart frees up the computer. Install it and then update it. I know, it supposedly takes longer, but if the installer locks up it takes a lot longer!
Next: Boot up took a full 4 minutes on a perfectly good Dell Latitude D630 with more than enough RAM and processor speed. Part of the problem is that Virtualbox / virtual-guest eats up abuncha resources during boot up, and in the friendly Linux Lite forums there are multiple threads about purging that stuff to improve boot time. What the heck is virtualbox doing in there anyway? Is this a lightweight distro for older hardware or has that changed? It still boots up very slowly, but a little better after getting rid of virtualbox / virtual-guest / whatever.
The toolbox I bragged about from Unlockforus.com is no longer maintained. Linux Lite still has some pretty cool tools of it’s own, but they don’t compare to the wonderful tool set that ships with MX-Linux!
Not very light, not as easy to use as it tries to be, and of course – it’s built from Ubuntu, which makes it high risk compared to Debian Stable or Slackware. Besides the Ubuntu base, there are multiple PPAs included which increase the risk of breakage.
If you need an ultra-light distro, go with AntiX. Systemd-free and super-ultra-mega fast, and it includes some of the awesome MX tools! Easily add a minimal Xfce desktop to it in two clicks if you want, and you’ve got a fantastic newbie-friendly distro that’ll run on very modest hardware. Still available in 32-bit iso too!
I wish Linux Lite well. But I can’t recommend it for either Linux novices or older hardware, which is what it’s supposed to be aiming for.