Install Linux Lite

Howto install Linux Lite 3.4

Installing Linux Lite 3.4

Linux Lite 3.4 is a free Linux distribution suitable for new users to Linux or for people who want a lightweight fully functional desktop. Linux Lite is the perfect companion for older Laptops and PCs. Linux Lite comes pre loaded with the Firefox browser (52.0.1), Thunderbird email client (45.8.0), Libre Office (, PDF Viewer (3.18.2), VLC Media player (2.2.2), CD/DVD Burning software - Xfburn (0.5.4) and much more . Software is easily installed by a single click from the intuitive menu interface. Linux Lite can be installed on a Laptop or PC with a Minimum Specification of:

700 MHz Processor +
512mb Memory
VGA Display of 1024 x 768
DVD Drive or USB Port

For further information and to download the latest version of Linux Lite, click on the link below. (Note: 32bit and 64bit versions are available)

Download Linux Lite

Once you have downloaded your chosen "iso" image of Linux Lite in either the 32bit or 64bit version, you will need to burn this image to a DVD. For software that can do this, search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located above. Your system may already have DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your "iso" image of Linux Lite 3.4 to your DVD, you will need to leave the DVD in the DVD drive and reboot your system (Assuming this is the intended PC). As your computer reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many computers this key will be either "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display the a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the settings below.

Starting Linux Lite

Linux Lite will begin to Load very quickly. You will soon be presented with a Live Desktop where you can take a quick look around before carrying out an installation. Here you can try out some of the many features that are available within Linux Lite. You can leave the default option "Start Linux Lite selected.

Linux Lite Initial Loading Screen

Linux Lite - Live Desktop

Once Linux Lite has loaded, you will be presented with a fully functioning Live Desktop Environment. Here you can try out Linux Lite before committing to a full installation. Nothing will be installed to your computer until you click the install icon. Once you are ready to install Linux Lite, simply click on the installation icon in the upper left hand corner of the desktop.

Linux Lite - Live Desktop Environment

Welcome Screen

At the Welcome Screen you must choose the language that you wish to use throughout this installation. You can also click on the link to read the accompanying release notes for the release of Linux Lite. In the example I have chosen the language "English". Once you have made your selection, click on "Continue".

Linux Lite Welcome Screen

Preparing to Install Linux Lite

At this screen you have the options of installing "Updates" whilst the installation continues. The option of "Installing third party Software" is also recommended as this will allow Media play back of MP3. In this example I have chosen both options. Next click "Continue".

Linux Lite preparing to Install

Select Installation Type

At this next screen you will be given various installation options to choose from. In the example, I am going for the default option "Erase disk and install Linux". You can choose to Encrypt your hard drive for added security (recommended if you are using a portable device). You may also choose the LVM option. If you wish to partition your hard drive manually you will need to select the "Something else" option. If the installer detects an existing Operating System, further options will be given. To continue with the installation click on the "Install Now" option.

Select Installation Type - Linux Lite

Write Changes to Disk

If you are happy to proceed and write your changes to Disk, then select "Continue", however, if you need to go back and make any changes, select the option "Go back".

Write Changes to Disk - Linux Lite

Where are you?

Your geographic location should be found automatically if you have an active internet connection. If not, type your location into the text box. In this example "London" has been chosen. Next click "Continue"

Where are You - Choose your Location

Select Keyboard Layout

At this screen you need to choose your keyboard layout. In the example I have chosen "English UK" as I am using an "English" layout keyboard. Your keyboard should be found automatically. You can test your keyboard settings by typing into the provided text box. Click "Continue".

Linux Lite Keyboard Settings

Who are you?

At this screen you will need to provide the name of a new user, a name for your computer (hostname) and a password. Once you have entered your credentials, click "Continue".

Linux Lite creating the first user

Welcome to Linux Lite 3.4

You will now see a slide presentation of the many new features and software that is installed as default with Linux Lite 3.4. Your new operating system is being installed in the background. Progress of your install is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

Linux Lite Slide Show

Installation Complete

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed Linux Lite 3.4 To use your new system you must reboot your computer. Please remove any installation media from your drives before rebooting.

Linux Lite Installation Complete

Linux Lite Login Screen

Select your user and login with the password you created earlier.

Linux Lite Login Screen

Linux Lite Desktop

Congratulations you now have a fully functioning installation of Linux Lite. By clicking the "Linux Lite" menu in the lower corner, you can now access all the software that came with your new installation. Software is broken down into easy genres: "Office", "Multimedia", "Internet", Graphics" etc..

Linux Lite Desktop