ExTiX 14.1 based on Debian “Jessie” and Ubuntu 14.04 (“Trusty Tahr”)

ExTiXI have released a new version (14.1) of ExTiX today (140423). ExTiX is now based on Debian Jessie and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (alias Trusty Tahr), released 20140417. I have upgraded all packages to the latest version as of 140423.

NEWS about ExTiX 14.1 build 140423
1. The ExTiX ISO is now a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive. You can then even run ExTiX from the USB stick and save all your system changes on the stick. I.e. you will enjoy persistence! I’ve found two scripts which make the installation to USB very simple. My tests show that they work flawlessly on USB installations of all normal Ubuntu systems. Read my INSTRUCTION how to use the scripts.
2. Another big improvement is that ExTiX 14.1 can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (DVD) or USB stick. You’ll need at least 2 GB RAM to run ExTiX that way.
3. ExTiX is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 140423.
4. It is now possible to install Nvidia’s proprietary drivers in ExTiX if you want or need it. Please read this instruction.
5. I’ve also installed version 2.1.1 of Vlc from source to make it possible to run Vlc when logged in as root.
6. I’ve replaced kernel 3.13.0-17-exton with kernel 3.13.0-24-exton (Kernel.org‘s stable kernel 3.13.9).
7. The installation program Ubiquity (live installer) is now working as intended in ExTiX version 140423. I.e. a new user (your user) will be created during the installation process.

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Exton|OS 64 bit with Mate 1.6.2 :: build 140415 :: (Ubuntu 14.04 in advance)

Exton|OS is based on upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit (to be released in a stable version April 26, 2014) and Debian Jessie. Exton|OS’s ISO file a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to an USB pen drive. You can then even run Exton|OS from the USB stick and save all your system changes on the stick. I.e. you will enjoy persistence! I’ve found two scripts which make the installation to USB very simple. The scripts are quite ingenious. My tests show that they work flawlessly on USB installations of all normal Ubuntu systems. Read my INSTRUCTION how to use the scripts.

NEWS 140415
A new and much better version of Exton|OS is ready. I have replaced kernel 3.13.0-17-exton with kernel 3.13.0-24-exton. (Kernel.org‘s stable kernel 3.13.9). I have also replaced Ubuntu’s installation program Ubiquity with Exton|OS Installer, which is a clone of Debian Live Installer. The installation to hard drive is now so simple that a 10 year old child can do it. Watch a SLIDESHOW of the hard drive installation process.

The importance of Exton|OS being based on a development version of Ubuntu and on Debian Jessie
I do not think the matter is so important, because Exton|OS uses the Desktop environment Mate (which is based on “old” Gnome 2). During my test runs of Exton|OS I have also not discovered any “bugs”. Furthermore: One could say that Exton|OS build 140415 is stable since the development of new features in upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 have been freezed for several weeks by now.

See a screenshot of Exton|OS’s Mate Desktop

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Build 140411 of SlackEX 14.1 with kernel 3.14

SlackwareWhy replace version 140326 with version 140411?
To my horror I discovered that some programs (including K3b and MPlayer) could not be started due to various unfulfilled program dependencies. The problems are now fixed in version 140411. Additionally could version 4.8.6 of Gimp not open jpg files. To deal with the problem, I had to install version 4.8.10 (latest stable version) of Gimp from source.

As I still had to fix various software problems I took the opportunity to replace the kernel to the latest stable one – 3.14 (3.14-x8_64-exton). Kernel 3.14 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released (20140331).

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.14 kernel

New features in version 140411 of SlackEX
SlackEX build 140411 comes as a ZIP-file for direct installation to an USB stick. I have replaced kernel 3.13.7-x86_64-exton with kernel 3.14-x86_64-exton with support for “everything”. KDE is downgraded to version 4.10.5 from version 4.11.1. All other component software is also upgraded to the latest Slackware version by now. I may mention in particular GParted 0.17.0 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories), VirtualBox 4.3.10 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories), AbiWord 2.8.6 (not in Slackware’s repositories), Gimp 2.8.10 (installed from source), GSlapt 0.5.3h, Firefox 24.4, Thunderbird 24.4, Samba 3.6.8 and GCC 4.8.2. SlackEX was my first Slackware live system for 64 bit computers. Furthermore I have installed Grub2, which can be used as boot loader (if you want) after a hard drive install. Study the full package LIST.

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Build 140410 of Exton|Defender based on Slackware 14.1

LOGONEWS 140410 re. Exton|Defender based on Slackware 14.1

I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64 bit based on Slackware 14.1. It uses Xfce 4.10 and kernel 3.14-x8_64-exton. Kernel 3.14 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released (20140331).

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.14 kernel

Three versions
There are now three different versions of Exton|Defender: Version 140407 – 64 bit – based on Fedora 20 with Cinnamon 2.0.14, version 140403 – 32bit – based on Mageia 4 with LXDE and version 140410 – 64bit – based on Slackware 14.1 with Xfce 4.10.

Ten reasons to choose Slackware Linux

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Run your Slackware 64 bit system with the latest kernel – 3.14!

SlackwareI have compiled a very useful (as I think) 64 bit kernel for Slackware 12.0 – 14.1 and/or all Slackware derivatives. For example Slax, Zenwalk, SlackEX and Exton|Defender. The kernel is compiled exactly the same way as Slackware’s latest kernel huge. “My” kernel 3.14-exton has even more support for new hardware, etc. Kernel 3.14 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released (20140331).

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.14 kernel

If you want to install my kernel in your Slackware 64bit system, do this:

1. Download  linux-kernel-3.14-x86_64-exton.txzmd5sum
2. Install it with the command installpkg linux-kernel-3.14-x86_64-exton.txz
(The kernel is packed just like Slackware’s original kernels so that everything ends up in the right place)
4. If necessary, change your Grub Legacy/Grub2 configuration
5. If you have an Nvidia graphics card in your computer, you may need to look over your files in /etc/modprobe.d before restarting the computer. That is remove the “blacklisting” of Nouveau’s kernel module in the appropriate files blacklist.conf and nvidia-installer-disable-nouveau.conf. With “my” kernel functions the Nouveau “free” driver works just fine.

Restart your computer and enjoy!

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Exton|Defender Super Rescue System based on Fedora 20, 64 bit

NEWS 140407 re. Exton|Defender fc20 (Fedora 20)

I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64 bit based on Fedora 20. It uses Cinnamon 2.0.14 and kernel 3.13.8.

There are now three different versions of Exton|Defender: Version 140407 – 64 bit – based on Fedora 20 with Cinnamon 2.0.14, version 140403 – 32bit – based on Mageia 4 with LXDE and version 131203 – 64bit – based on Slackware 14.1 with Xfce 4.10.

What makes Fedora different?

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Exton|Defender mga (Mageia) – 32 bit – build 140403

My third version of Exton|Defender is a remaster of Mageia 4, released 140201. Mageia has been the third most popular Linux system in the world for LOGOsome time now (according to Distrowatch.com).

My changes of Mageia 4
I have removed the KDE Desktop environment and installed LXDE instead. KDE is a bit slow when running Mageia live. (I.e. from CD/USB). Furthermore I have installed the following rescue and repairing tools: NTFS-3g, GParted 0.16.2, PartImage 0.6.9, Sfdisk (util-linux-ng 2.21.2), Rsync 3.1.0, Ddrescue 1.17, FSArchiver 0.6.17, TestDisk 6.14 and Midnight Commander 4.8.11. Other programs (among many others): LibreOffice 4.1.5, NetworkManager, Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, Java (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE), Emacs 24.3, Safecopy 1.7, kernel headers and many compilation tools. Study the full list of installed packages. The system language is ENGLISH.

Who is Exton|Defender mga 32 bit LXDE for?

Exton|Defender aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the hard disk partitions. There is also no official live Mageia 4 ISO with LXDE for downloading. (Only with KDE and Gnome). Exton|Defender can also be useful for people with older 32 bit computers who like to run an eminent Linux system (Mageia) live with some speed.

See this screenshot of the LXDE Desktop in Exton|Defender mga

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