For a beginner-friendly distro, try Linux Lite 1.0.0

Based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, this brand-new distribution uses the lightweight Xfce desktop and offers five years of support.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, Linux, Linux Lite

For all the media attention that goes to Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, and the other leading Linux distributions, casual observers would have to be forgiven if they have no idea that hundreds of other distributions are out there as well, each with a particular purpose and target audience in mind.

New ones pop up regularly, too, offering yet another fresh twist on the desktop Linux theme.

Case in point: On the same day Microsoft's widely trumpeted Windows 8 made its debut, so, too, did Linux Lite 1.0.0, a brand-new Ubuntu-based distribution targeted at Linux newcomers.

'Created for three reasons'

This distro was created for three reasons, wrote Jerry Bezencon in the official announcement on Friday. One, to show people just how easy it can be to use a Linux-based operating system--to dispel myths about how scary Linux operating systems are; two, to help create awareness about Linux-based operating systems; and three, to help promote this community.

Linux Lite is particularly suitable for people who are new to Linux, Bezencon added.

Intrigued? Here's a quick rundown of what you'll find.

1. Five years of support

Ubuntu Linux 12.04 Precise Pangolin is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, making it a popular choice among business users, in particular. Same now goes for Linux Lite 1.0.0, code-named Amethyst, which is based on that Ubuntu release.

2. The Xfce 4.8 desktop

Xfce is a very popular and lightweight Linux desktop environment, as I've noted before, and Linux Lite 1.0.0 includes Xfce 4.8, which includes a raft of powerful features.


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