UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.


09/02/19 Update – Did some more testing this morning, and found the setting to get rid of the desktop icons basically staring me in the face. I’ll provide the how-to pics at the bottom of post. Linux Lite 4.6 worked so well across different ‘Live’ USB’s, on a HDD installation (MX Linux Beta failed that test HDD), being installed onto a USB for total portability – *PLUS* it passed ‘Ace’ the Laptop new hardware test! Great Linux OS and I am placing it into Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros and also adding it to the Karmi’s Top 3-5 Linux Distros for Windows Newbies page. (See added pics at bottom of this post)

Linux Lite 4.6 is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – it’s been around since 2012. Linux Lite:

Linux Lite is a ‘gateway operating system’. It was created to make the transition from Windows to a Linux based operating system as smooth as possible. Linux Lite follows the Unix philosophy in regards to software selection and programming as it applies to the modern era – Write programs that do one thing and do it well.

Since I am now focusing on Windows 7 users (WIN10 users to a degree), and have a strong preference for Ubuntu 18.04.3 or Ubuntu-based Distros, Linux Lite 4.6 looks like a great Distro to test. I’ve created 2 ‘Live’ USB versions – a Persistence version using mkusb in Ubuntu, and a standard ‘Live’ version created with balenaEtcher (suggested by Lite home info) in WIN10. Both ‘Live’ versions passed ‘Ace’ the Laptop’s new hardware test, and the Persistence version saved changes I made. Here are some pics of Lite on ‘Ace’ the Laptop:

And Lite with ‘Ace’ hardware info:

Then I moved to main Linux test machine, ‘Rose’ and installed Linux Lite 4.6 to a SanDisk Ultra 32GB 3.0 USB. Here are some pics of that installation process:

Installation type:

Then a double-check:

Who are you?

Installation went well, to the USB flash drive, and then rebooted on ‘Rose’ into the new desktop:

Here’s the hardware info of Lite on ‘Rose’:

The ‘Live’ USB’s were slow booting up … 1.5 minutes on ‘Rose’ and about 2.5 minutes on ‘Ace’. No problems with hardware recognition and wireless easily connected with security pass code entered. The Install to USB took about 8 minutes which is about average.

Next, I installed Linux Lite 4.6 to a test 160GB HDD – same one that MX Linux Beta could not install to – and the install took 5 minutes with no problems. Boot-up is just slower for Lite than many OSes, even on HDD. Installation process and boot-up of newly installed Linux Lite 4.6 was about the same as it was to USB, just a little faster. Here’s the Installation partition double-check pic with sdb (160GB HDD) and then the hardware pic of Lite on ‘Rose’:

And the hardware pic (Hitachi is 160GB HDD):

Another result of Linux Fragmentation is trying to remember how to customize the different Desktop Environments (DE) – i.e. I’m trying to get rid of the desktop icons, and can’t seem to do it, even as Administrator. I’ll just delete them and see what happens … well that got rid of them, but am not sure if any damage was done. Bummer, was thinking about moving Linux Lite 4.6 into Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros and also maybe into the 4th or 5th spot in Karmi’s Top 3-5 Linux Distros for Windows Newbies; however, ‘Something’ didn’t ‘Feel’ right about not being able to remove those default desktop icons without having to delete them. Checking and un-checking the boxes didn’t work, even when logged in as Administrator. Seems I use Gnome Tweaks in Ubuntu to remove the Trash can, but Lite uses the Xfce…anyway, Lite 4.6 is a great Linux Distro, and the developers have provided it with excellent hardware recognition. Easily installs to USB for portability, and it was a wonderful Distro to test!


UPDATE” continues – to remove (or add back) the default desktop icons, go to Settings:

Click on the Desktop icon at top left:

Go to Appearance and click “Icon type:” for a dropdown menu – select “none” – simply checking or un-checking the Default Icon box doesn’t work, so a search is needed on how to do it.  Like I say over and over again, Fragmentation problems never end with Linux – like Pandora’s Box the problems just keep growing … which is why the Linux Desktop user’s share stays below 2% – still, radical Linux users, like ANTIFA Linux ‘Fanatical User’ Okra protests for more Fragmentation:


Here’s the Dark look settings:

Final DE shot: