v8: apps, localizations, games and editions
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
For more information on Live Linux Games, click HERE.
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.