v8 is based on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr 14.04 thus the support lasts until year 2019. All editions have Flash preinstalled so that you can view youtube videos with no additional hustle, even 2G edition. There are two main branches: with LXDE desktop environment (for speed and lightness) and XFCE, more eye candy, more features but at a small cost of a bit more resources needed. In general, the novelty comparing to v7 is that for the same space you get more features, more stability and longer support and a better looks. Leeenux Linux can be installed on any PC, and there are a lot of editions to choose from to best fit your netbook. Bluetooth, printing, scanning, connecting with MS Windows file systems and networking – all that now works by default. Leeenux applications and games are installed on all editions as well as SSD Optimizer. Now there is also edition for kids. See below for details.
Audacious is default app for listening to the music in all editions, as it resembles famous Winamp. All editions feature two panel file manager – Gnome Commander. Abiword is the default word processing application but on Deluxe editions which feature full Libre office. Deluxe editions come with Skype, Wine, Gaming emulators, Adobe Reader and many more apps as well. The default Video player is VLC (VideoLAN), but on 2G edition that has MPlayer. Guvcview is in charge in webcam. Leeenux apps and games are preinstalled on every edition, as well there are links for getting ROMs for emulators. For installation of software there are two options: Lubuntu software center and Synaptic. Midori is the default browser only on 2G edition, on every other edition the default is Mozilla Firefox. All editions feature a bundle of tools to manage the system.
They are light and fast. LXLauncher application Launcher is preinstalled over the regular desktop screen, but it can be removed now with a click of a button if you don’t like it.
Edition “2G” is 1.7GB when installed (not counting SWAP), so it is very light and can be installed on eee 700 2G’s internal memory. It can be installed on any other PC.
What you get: Fully functional operating system, Midori is the default browser as the speed and lightness are required, Abiword is default word processing application, Gnome MPlayer is default player for video.
What’s new in v8: Improved looks, Flash is preinstalled, Midori.
Edition “Lite” takes up to 2GB hard drive space when installed. It has Firefox as default browser and VLC as default video player, and just a bit more over 2G edition.
This is the recommended edition, as it features everything that most people need. There are few games installed, Gnome Office, and just a bit more tools over the “Lite” edition. It has Java preinstalled and almost all the codecs you might need, but at a cost of 3GB when installed.
Over “Standard” edition it has Skype, Libre Office, Game emulators, Adobe Reader (other editions have also PDF reader called Evince), PlayOnLinux and some other minor additions. It is the heaviest of the LXDE branch and is not recommended for 4G netbooks.
For the first time there is the edition made for kids. Remember the Qimo, Linux distribution for kids which development has stalled? This is made so that it is direct successor of it. It features the same apps and games and more, with improved looks and children themes. It concentrates on Learning through play, and is a perfect edition to turn your netbook into your child’s first PC. When installed it takes abot 3GB, so it can be installed even on eee 701 4G.
Live Linux Games
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XFCE is a bit heavier than LXDE, but is better looking and has more features. XFCE editions feature two menus: default XFCE menu and Slingshot menu. They both have indexed search, and they both have their advantages. XFCE editions also have screenlets (widgets) preinstalled, of which on screen there is calendar and contents of the Home directory, but there are many other widgets to choose from. The apps are a bit more advanced in general comparing to LXDE editions. Thunderbird is the default mail viewer and Mozilla Firefox is the default internet browser on all editions.
It takes 3.1GB when installed. It has everything as the LXDE Lite and a few apps more.
It has everything as the LXDE Standard and a few apps more.
4.7GB when installed. It has everything as the LXDE Deluxe and a few apps more.
It is essential that Leeenux is installed in English. Language Packs can be added after installation.
Installation on older netbooks
Installation on 2G, 4G and all the netbooks and PC’s with non-PAE CPUs like Celeron M and Pentium M
Now that task had been made easy. Any edition works on these PCs, you just need to choose that option on the first installation menu.
What’s new in v7
- M editions are based on Ubuntu 12.04, which means support until April 2018.
- LXDE editions are based on the latest Ubuntu 13.04 which means lots of features.
- More stable and more responsive than previous version.
- More features, especially 2G edition.
Features of v6 that differ from previous versions
- Two main editions with LXDE and Unity2D environments.
- New applications “Leeenux Installer”, “SSD Optimizer” and redesigned “Leeenux Cleaner”
- LXDE Edition uses lxlauncher by default and is based on Linux Mint. Unity edition is based on Ubuntu.
- LXDE Edition uses MintInstall as a package manager, 2G edition Synaptic, Unity edition Ubuntu Software Center
Features of v5 that differ from previous versions
- Uses Unity2D
Features of v1, v2, v3 and v4
- Based on Ubuntu.
- Lightweight compared to other distributions using Ubuntu Netbook Remix
- No proprietary software except on “Extended” editions of v3 and v4.
- Uses Ubuntu Netbook Remix menu
- No Qt, Mono or Java applications or libraries.
- Longer battery life with eee-control.
- Firefox is default browser.
- Gnome Office is default office package.
- v3 introduced “Leeenux Games”, v4 “Leeenux Cleaner” application.
- Unity editions: 8GB HDD space, 1GB RAM, 1GHz CPU
- LXDE editions: 4GB HDD space, 512MB RAM, 900MHz CPU
- 2G edition: 2GB HDD space, 512MB RAM, 900MHz CPU
Leeenux started as a personal modification of easypeasy, year 2009. The goal was to free up space on the 4GB SSD that comes with the Asus Eee 4G Surf, also known as the 701G. A saving of 2GB was achieved by replacing applications that used multiple GUI libraries (e.g., QT, KDE, Mono and Java) with GNOME native applications and removing non-free proprietary software. Later versions further in the 1.X series would further reduce the footprint and increase performance.
The next major Leeenux release (v2.0) would focus on improving appearance with custom icon and artwork, and increasing functionality while reducing memory usage.
For v3, the distribution was split into 4 variants with different sets of default applications. “Standard” edition followed the model of previous versions, “Extended” edition came with preinstalled proprietary software Skype, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash and some additional free software (required 1.7GB of HDD space), “Lite” was with most of the apps removed from the “Standard” edition (required 1.1GB of HDD space), “Gamer” edition that was build upon a “Lite” edition by installing most popular games for Linux that were tested to work on Asus EEE PC 4G (required 1.7GB of HDD space). In v3 were introduced Leeenux Java Script games, games that were played inside Firefox web browser.
The v4 was built from Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04. It featured 5 editions: “Standard”, “Extended”, “Gamer”, “Lite” and “Scientific”. “Scientific” came with preinstalled applications some of whom were gfortran, gnuplot, grade, ipython, etc. New application “Leeenux Cleaner” was introduced in this version, written in python.
The V6 comes in two main versions, with LXDE and a Unity version. Each edition branches into “Deluxe” edition that comes with customer support, and “Standard” edition. Editions:
- 2G edition: LXDE environment, less than 2GB when installed
- LXDE edition optimized for devices with SSD
- LXDE edition optimized for devices with mechanical Hard Drive
- Unity edition with Unity 2D environment
Editions with LXDE work on Asus EEE 700 series while Unity edition requires more powerful Netbook. LXDE editions are built from Linux Mint 12, and Unity edition was built from Ubuntu 12.04. New Leeenux applications that came with this version are: “SSD optimizer” (optimizes system for SSD), redesigned “Leeenux Cleaner” and “Leeenux Installer” (step-by-step tool for installing applications). Leeenux Linux v6 was released on July the 3rd, 2012.
LXDE editions Default Apps:
Accessories: Catfish, CPU Frequency, Disk Usage Analyzer, Disk Utility, PCManFM File Manager, Galculator, Gnome Commander, Image Viewer, Leafpad, LXTerminal, Screenshot, Xarchiver
Games: Get Dos Games, Get Mame Games, Get Nintendo Games, Get Sega Games, Leeenux Simple Games
Deluxe: Solitaire, Chess, Dosbox Emulator, Five or More, Four in a Row, FreeCell, Gens, Lagno, Klotski, Mahjongg, Mines, Nibbles, Quadrapassel, Robots, Sudoku, Tali, Tetravex, ZSNES Emulator
Internet: Firefox, Pidgin, Transmission
Deluxe: Dropbox, Gwibber, Skype, Thunderbird
Office: Abiword, PDF Viewer
Deluxe: E-Book reader (FBReader), Gnumeric
Sound & Video: Exaile, Gnome MPlayer
Deluxe: Cheese, VLC media player
Preferences: Leeenux Cleaner, Leeenux Installer, Leeenux SSD Optimizer, and many more.
Unity editions: Same as LXDE editions, with Adobe Reader in “Deluxe” edition.
2G editions: Few apps less than LXDE Standard editions.