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Windows 10 is not a terrible operating systems. In fact, other than the extreme telemetry (spying), it is pretty good. With that said, the upcoming Windows 11 is very polarizing, featuring radical changes to the user interface. Not to mention, the system requirements will leave many still-capable computers unable to upgrade. These unfortunate computer owners will have to decide whether to continue using Windows 10 or buy a new Windows 11-compatible PC.
Thankfully, there is an arguably better option — just switch to Linux! Yes, modern Linux-based operating systems are very well-supported and most will run great on aging hardware (unlike Windows 11). Linux Lite, which uses the Xfce desktop environment, is one of the best Linux distributions for Windows-switchers, as it is lightweight, modern, and familiar.
Today, Linux Lite 5.6 RC1 (release candidate) becomes available, and it is based on Ubuntu 20.04.2. The operating system uses Linux kernel 5.4.0-80, but other kernels are available too, ranging from 3.13 to 5.13. This new version of Linux Lite also comes with some excellent software packages, such as Firefox 89.0.2, Thunderbird 78.11.0, LibreOffice 18.104.22.168, VLC 22.214.171.124, and GIMP 2.10.18.
The newest version of Linux Lite is chock full of important changes too, ranging from aesthetics to functionality. For instance, there are seven new wallpapers from which to choose. It also has an updated Papirus icon theme.
Since this is a pre-release version of the operating system, there will most certainly be plenty of surprise bugs. Of course, there are some known issues as well; the developers share those below.
- No prompt to eject Media at the end of the Legacy install, prompt is available at the end of the UEFI install.
- Release Notes – not working on first installer slide.
- Desktop icons – English support only.
- Grub – holding shift down whilst booting in UEFI mode does not bring up the Grub menu (works in Legacy mode), waiting for Ubuntu fix.
- Grub menu shows Linux Lite as “Ubuntu:
If you are ready to try out Linux Lite 5.6 RC1, you can download it here now. Should you replace Windows with Linux Lite today? No, not immediately — you should try it first and make sure sure it fully meets your needs. Plus, don’t forget, this is merely a release candidate and not the final version. With that said, it should be very stable at this point. At the very least, you should wait for the final stable version before making any decisions.