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Ubuntu Lite: A Fast and Free Desktop Operating System


Ubuntu Lite: A Lightweight Linux Distro for Older Computers




If you have an old computer that is struggling to run Windows or Mac OS, you might want to give Linux a try. Linux is a free and open-source operating system that can run on a wide range of hardware, including older and low-spec machines. One of the best lightweight Linux distros that you can use is Ubuntu Lite.


Ubuntu Lite is a variant of Ubuntu, one of the most popular and user-friendly Linux distros. Ubuntu Lite uses a minimal desktop environment called LXQt, which is fast, responsive, and customizable. Ubuntu Lite also comes with a selection of essential applications for browsing, office, media, and more.




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In this article, we will show you how to download, install, and use Ubuntu Lite on your old computer. You will learn how to create a bootable USB stick or DVD, how to follow the installation steps, how to customize your desktop, how to install and run applications, and how to get help and support. By the end of this article, you will be able to enjoy a new life for your old computer with Ubuntu Lite.


How to Download Ubuntu Lite




The first step to use Ubuntu Lite is to download it from its official website. You can find the download link here: [Ubuntu Lite](^1^). The download file is an ISO image that you can use to create a bootable USB stick or DVD.


Before you download Ubuntu Lite, make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements. According to the [Ubuntu Lite website](^1^), you will need:


  • A processor that can hit 1.5GHz or higher



  • At least 1GB of RAM



  • At least 20GB of hard drive space



  • A DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media



  • An internet connection (optional but recommended)



If your computer meets these requirements, you can proceed to download Ubuntu Lite. The download file is about 3GB in size, so it might take some time depending on your internet speed.


How to Create a Bootable USB Stick or DVD




Once you have downloaded the Ubuntu Lite ISO image, you will need to create a bootable USB stick or DVD. This will allow you to boot your computer from the installer media and start the installation process.


To create a bootable USB stick or DVD, you will need another computer with Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. You will also need a blank USB stick with at least 4GB of space or a blank DVD disc. Then you will need a software tool that can write the ISO image to the USB stick or DVD.


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There are many software tools that can do this job, but we recommend using [Etcher](^2^), which is free, open-source, and cross-platform. You can download Etcher from its official website here: [Etcher](^2^).


After you have downloaded and installed Etcher, follow these steps to create a bootable USB stick or DVD:


  • Launch Etcher and click on "Select image". Browse to the location where you saved the Ubuntu Lite ISO image and select it.



  • Click on "Select target" and choose your USB stick or DVD drive from the list. Make sure you have backed up any important data on your USB stick or DVD before proceeding.



  • Click on " Flash!" and wait for the process to complete. You will see a confirmation message when it is done.



Congratulations, you have created a bootable USB stick or DVD with Ubuntu Lite. You can now use it to install Ubuntu Lite on your old computer.


How to Install Ubuntu Lite




The next step is to install Ubuntu Lite on your old computer. To do this, you will need to boot your computer from the USB stick or DVD that you created in the previous step. Here is how to do it:


  • Insert the USB stick or DVD into your old computer and turn it on.



  • As soon as you see the manufacturer's logo, press the key that allows you to enter the boot menu. This key varies depending on your computer model, but it is usually F12, F9, F10, Esc, or Del. You should see a list of boot options on your screen.



  • Select the USB stick or DVD from the list and press Enter. You should see the Ubuntu Lite logo and a menu with two options: "Try Ubuntu Lite" and "Install Ubuntu Lite".



  • Select "Install Ubuntu Lite" and press Enter. This will start the installation process.



The installation process is very simple and straightforward. You will be guided by a series of steps and prompts that will ask you to choose some options and enter some information. Here are some of the steps that you will encounter:


  • Choose your language and keyboard layout.



  • Choose your time zone and date format.



  • Choose your installation type. You can either erase your entire hard drive and install Ubuntu Lite, or you can choose something else and manually partition your hard drive. If you are not sure what to do, we recommend choosing the first option, as it is easier and safer.



  • Enter your name, username, password, and computer name. These will be used to create your user account and personalize your system.



  • Wait for the installation to complete. This might take some time depending on your hardware and internet speed.



When the installation is finished, you will see a message that says "Installation complete". Click on "Restart now" and remove the USB stick or DVD from your computer. Your computer will reboot and you will be able to log in to your new Ubuntu Lite system.


How to Use Ubuntu Lite




Now that you have installed Ubuntu Lite on your old computer, you can start using it and exploring its features. Ubuntu Lite is very easy to use and customize, even if you are new to Linux. Here are some of the things that you can do with Ubuntu Lite:


How to Customize the Desktop and Settings




Ubuntu Lite uses LXQt as its desktop environment, which is a lightweight and modular desktop that offers a lot of flexibility and options. You can customize your desktop by right-clicking on any empty space and choosing "Desktop Preferences". This will open a window where you can change the wallpaper, icons, fonts, colors, and more.


You can also customize the panel at the bottom of the screen by right-clicking on it and choosing "Configure Panel". This will open a window where you can change the position, size, appearance, and widgets of the panel. You can add or remove widgets such as application launcher, task manager, system tray, clock, etc.


You can access the main settings of Ubuntu Lite by clicking on the menu button at the bottom left corner of the screen and choosing "Preferences". This will open a window where you can change various settings such as display, network, sound, power, keyboard, mouse, etc.


How to Install and Run Applications




Ubuntu Lite comes with a selection of essential applications for browsing, office, media, and more. You can find them by clicking on the menu button at the bottom left corner of the screen and browsing through the categories. Some of the applications that are included in Ubuntu Lite are:


  • Firefox: A web browser that lets you surf the internet securely and fast.



  • LibreOffice: A suite of office applications that lets you create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.



  • VLC: A media player that lets you play audio and video files of various formats.



  • GIMP: A graphics editor that lets you create and edit images.



  • Audacious: An audio player that lets you listen to music files.



  • LXImage: An image viewer that lets you view images.



  • LXTerminal: A terminal emulator that lets you access the command line interface of Linux.



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