In Praise of Linux Lite

In reply to someone’s suggestion in another forum that “Linux distros which are derived from other Linux distros contribute nothing new to the larger desktop Linux world:

The thread was entitled Linux Lite vs Xubuntu, and a reader asked what the differences were and why they mattered.

There are important differences. I did a little homework before switching to Linux Lite from my all-time favorite Xubuntu:

In Linux Lite, applications are named for their function, not their “real” names. A newbie wouldn’t know that Evince is a pdf viewer or that Thunar is the file manager. Linux Lite is for novices who don’t know even what they don’t know. This one little thing is very thoughtful, all by itself.

The Xfce desktop is highly customized in Linux Lite, yet still infinitely customizable by the user. Again, with newbies in mind, and simple people like me who would rather run applications than running the operating system.

Linux Lite includes a magnificent set of tools to make maintaining and tweaking the OS effortless and non-stressful, with point-and-click simplicity and explanations for us non-tech types. If unsure, there are explanations and the support of this awesome forum, in which the Lead Developer actively participates. That is rare!

This is better for newbies than even Linux Mint in my opinion. From the start, it has always been designed with newbies and simplicity-loving technophobic users like me in mind. And lastly, and most importantly:

Before Linux Lite, it was an axiom in the desktop Linux world that speed and performance was a trade-off to achieve “user-friendliness” with a GUI. Linux Lite has proven that you can “have your cake and eat it too,” so to speak. No longer does it have to be a trade-off of lost performance to achieve a newbie-friendly GUI.

As in any Ubuntu-based distro, the hidden danger to newcomers and inexperienced Linux users is in the quality of updates from upstream Ubuntu (newbies cannot be expected to update selectively), and in the addition of several PPAs to the standard Ubuntu repositories. The simlest work-around in my opinion is the addition of the Updater adapted for Linux Lite from the Linux Mint treasury. Find it here.

One thought on “In Praise of Linux Lite

  1. I’m new to Linux. I used a Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 from 2010 to 2016, but it got super slow after a while. In 2016 I bought a refurbished Dell laptop with Windows 7, which I’m using now. Both machines have similar specs, but I used the Toshiba heavily for six years, so it’s much slower. I’d wanted to try Linux on my old Toshiba laptop for a while to see if I could get it to run better again. I did a ton of research on distros, and Linux Lite looked like the best balance between “good for newbies” and “easy on old hardware”. I installed Linux Lite last month and it works great. I should be able to get a few more years easily out of that laptop. Using it is fun again.

    Now that Windows 7 support ends next year, I’m considering installing Linux on the Dell as well. I want to try Linux Mint sometime and I wouldn’t mind trying Ubuntu, but I may install Linux Lite on the Dell. I’m very happy with Linux Lite.

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