Linux Lite 5.8 is slated for release on February 1, 2022, available for testing now

Linux Lite creator and maintainer Jerry Bezencon today announced availability for public testing of the upcoming Linux Lite 5.8 release of its Ubuntu-based distribution for Linux newcomers.

Still based on the Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS release of Canonical’s long-supported Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system suite, the Linux Lite 5.8 distribution release promises updated components, bug fixes, and many other tweaks and changes.

Don’t get too excited, because Linux Lite 5.8 is an incremental update of the previous releases in the Linux Lite 5″ series. As such, it looks like the major changes of this upcoming update are an updated Papirus icon theme and nine new wallpapers to make your Linux Lite desktop experience more enjoyable.

The developer says there are many other tweaks and changes included in the final release, along with an updated Help guide to help newbies navigate the Ubuntu-based distribution.

Under the hood, some of the core components have been updated from the upstream Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS repositories, including Linux 5.4.0-91 kernel and Mozilla Firefox 95.0.1 web browser. Also included are the Mozilla Thunderbird 78.14.0 email and news client, LibreOffice 6.4.7.2 office suite, VLC 3.0.9.2 media player and GIMP 2.10.18 image editor, and Xfce 4.14 is used as the default desktop environment.

One of the coolest things about Linux Lite is that it gives you access to the latest and greatest Linux kernel series. As such, users can easily use the Linux 5.15 LTS kernel in the final Linux Lite 5.8 release.

Linux Lite 5.8 is scheduled for release on February 1, 2022.

Until then, if you’d like to help the developer resolve any last minute issues or provide feedback on this release, you can download and test the Release Candidate (RC1) by clicking the direct download link below. Please note, however, that this is a pre-release version, not suitable as a daily driver, and you cannot upgrade from RC to the final release.

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