Home users that ONLY check email and use very few other programs may consider replacing their OS. Linux has made an exceptional gain over the past several years with a Programs (Add/Remove) component and with hardware drivers.
To see just how Linux Lite stacked up other OSs, I decided to load it in Oracle’s VirtualBox. The little over 600+mb download is comparable in size to Windows XP. The ISO can be burned with an image burner to make a bootable CD/DVD. Before you decide to switch, remember there are limitations to Windows software even with Wine. Wine is a software application that allows you to run Windows programs. Hunting around the internet you’ll find hundreds of Linux programs comparable to Windows programs. You don’t have to look far considering the Linux repository has hundreds of programs.
After loading Oracle’s VirtualBox, simply walk through the New OS wizard, select Linux, allocate 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of HDD space if you can. Once you have completed this step, click on Settings and select bridge on the Network Card and load the ISO under storage.
Once you complete that step, start the OS and follow the on screen prompts.
(Above) – initial load screen.
Loading the OS into RAM
Load time of around two minutes for the initial screen to appear.
Select your language.
The above screen is checks to insure hardware and internet connectivity is ok.
Erase the hard drive.
Below – set your location for the time.
Select the keyboard layout.
Setup an initial user and password.
After the installation, Restart your computer (VirtualBox)
Booting up from the hard disk drive.
Login and options.
The initial desktop is clean. Don’t let this fool you. The amount of programs and options for an internet user is excellent.
Checking for updates is easy. Simply click on the menu and select update. Provide your login password and Linux Lite does the rest.
If you have a printer that supports IPP Protocol, login to the printer’s web address and Enable IPP. The printer in our home is the Samsung SCX-3400 wireless. An inexpensive laser printer that provides for thousands of pages with Samsung’s toner cartridge. The printer provides hundreds of options for Windows, Apple, Linus or mobile devices.
What programs come with Linux Lite? Hundreds of items. Here’s the main categories.
- Games (Such as steam and others)
- Graphics (Gimp and more)
- Internet (email and browsers)
- System (dozens of tools)
If you ONLY use the internet and want to look into an alternate operating system. Linux Lite may be for you. It is easy to use, install and offers hundreds of programs.