Some interesting comments on my site about AndEX :: my Android-x86 builds

Android-Logo-215x382Since I only have six computers myself I was looking forward to hear from other testers about their experiences.

In connection with that I’d like to share with you some comments on my main Android-x86 site ANDEX.EXTON.NET.

One member had this question:

I would like to try AndEx on an old laptop, but since payment is required, I would like to know if this (Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow) run on an Intel Pentium-M processor without SSE3? In case this cannot be run on that platform, what do you recommend?

Another very positive/enthusiastic member (not me!) answered:

I simply bought all three versions to test with. All three work fine on most PCs/laptops, especially as long as the PC/laptop has an integrated/onboard graphics chip (like accellerated intel chipsets 3000, 5000, 6000 etc., and even older ones). If you have discrete graphics cards you may have some issues or it may even not work properly at all. If you really are reluctant to buy these very advanced versions you could try some of the free less capable Android-x86 versions first and only then buy the ANDEX versions (after testing your hardware with Android-x86).

After that the very same member gave this general comment on andex.exton.net about Andex Marshmallow 6.0.1:

This version works fine the newer hardware I tested it on. For older hardware I personally would recommend the Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Build 8 with GAPPS, kernel 4.0.9-exton-android-x86, Bluetooth (working!) and Mesa Exton Version. I have all 3 versions (Android 4/5 and 6) running great on several test systems and at least according to my testing, especially Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 works really great (and fast, graphics accellerated) on more systems than e.g. this latest version. Version 4.4.4 works on older and common Dell and Packard Bell PC’s. FWIW: I got the latest version 6.0.1 running 100% fine on a Dell Optiplex 7010 PC. That Dell has an onboard intel graphics chip. But is really not an old PC.

And he went on saying:

BTW: Easiest way AFAIK to test these releases is to simply plug an USB 2.0/3.0 stick with the (previously on another PC) Android-x86 installed version on into any PC. That way I just, in addition, installed and tested this latest Android-x86 ANDEX kernel 4.4 (Marshmallow 6.0.1) on additional Dell hardware and am pleased to report it works great, at least on the systems I tested it on, all with integrated/on-board graphics though. E.g. my Dell E6320 (a 4+ year old core i5 4GB RAM laptop) gained a new lease of life with a the blazing fast ANDEX 6.0.1 Android version on it!

My comment:

Your comments are so positive/enthusiastic that I like to use them to promote my Android-x86 builds.

He answered me:

But these comments are realistic, and were not really intended to be positive. I had no problems with any of your versions except for to be expected incompatibility with (especially) older systems and the latest Android-x86 builds. BTW: The only PC I did get lots of “Android App” errors on this could still be solved by disabling the discrete Nvidia graphics card and use the onboard graphics chips instead (solving the graphic driver/chip problems). That, of course, is not always the best option and that’s why that that one PC I installed the “Nox” version 3.1.0 Android Emulator for Windows. But make no mistake; native Android(-x86) like these AndEX versions are the only way (that I know of) to get optimum Android performance.

I wrote an article 150505 about How useful an Androx-x86 system can be for the average computer user. I think the comments above prove my opinion.

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Exton|OS Light build 160207 :: Based on upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 with kernel 4.4.0-3-exton (4.4.1)

exton-os-logo-worldNEWS 160207 about Exton|OS Light Live DVD – ISO file of 912 MB
I’ve made a new extra version of Exton|OS based on upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 (alias Xenial Xerus) 64 bit with only a minimum of packages pre-installed. Among them a terminal emulator (LXTerminal), a Web Browser (Google Chrome – so you can run Netflix), PCManFM (file manager), NetworkManager, GParted (Partition Editor), Samba (so you can reach your Windows computers) and Synaptic (Package Manager). I give you the pleasure of installing all extra packages you need after a hard disk installation of Exton|OS Light. Use Synaptic for that. You can of course also install new packages while running the system live (from DVD/USB stick), but nothing will be saved after a reboot. Unless you have followed my USB Install Instruction (under B) or used UNetbootin) and used Boot alternative 2 – Persistent when you have used UNetbootin. If you have plenty of RAM you can even install big programs (such as LibreOffice) while running the system live even from DVD. Exton|OS Light’s Window manager Openbox guarantees lightness and elegance.

Replacement
This version of Exton|OS Light from 160207 replaces version 151103 of Exton|OS Light. Exton|OS Light is now based on Debian Stretch/Sid and Ubuntu 16.04.

About

Exton|OS Light Live CD is based on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus 64 bit and Debian Stretch/Sid. Exton|OS Light’s ISO file (of 911 MB!) is 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! Read my USB INSTRUCTION under B).

Packages
All installed packages in Exton|OS Light have been updated to the latest available version as at February 7, 2016. Study the full package list.

Used KERNEL
My special kernel 4.4.0-3-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s latest stable kernel 4.4.1. You can download “my” kernel if you want to use it in another Ubuntu/Debian system.

What’s new in kernel 4.4.1?

The importance of Exton|OS Light now being based on Ubuntu 16.04 (unstable/development)
I don’t think it is too important since Exton|OS doesn’t use complicated Desktop Environments like KDE, Gnome or Unity. Programs won’t crash or anything like that. And I haven’t discovered any bugs to report.

See a screenshot of Exton|OS Light’s Openbox Desktop
See a screenshot of Exton|OS Light’s Openbox Desktop when Samba is used
See a screenshot when Google Chrome with Netflix is running

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SlackEX (Slackware Current/14.2) with KDE 4.14.3 (latest) and kernel 4.4.1 (latest)

slackware_logoSlackEX is based on Slackware Current/14.2. Slackware is the first widely-used Linux system, which is still developing. Slackware has existed since 1993. The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune or as we say in Sweden: Gammal är äldst.

New features in version 160203 of SlackEX
I have replaced kernel 4.3.1-x86_64-exton with kernel 4.4.1-exton-huge with support for “everything”. Most important is that I have changed repositories from Slackware 14.1 to Current. I.e. upcoming Slackware 14.2. KDE is upgraded to version 4.14.3 (latest KDE version). All other component software is also upgraded to the latest Slackware Current version by now. I may also mention in particular GParted 0.24.0 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories), VirtualBox 5.0.14 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories), Google Chrome 46.0.2490.86 (not in Slackware’s repositories), Gimp 2.8.10 (installed from source), GSlapt 0.5.3h, Firefox 43.0.4, Thunderbird 38.5, Samba 4.3.2 and GCC 5.3.0. 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. Note: I have replaced Wicd with NetworkManager. It works better.

Used kernel
4.4.1-exton-huge with support for “everything”. Kernel 4.4.1 was released 160131.

What’s new in kernel 4.4.1?

Nvidia
Nvidia’s proprietary Graphics driver 352.79 (latest driver) is installed.

Install SlackEX to a USB stick
Please read my INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS. NOTE: All system changes are PERSISTENT.

Why Slackware?
Slackware is grossly underestimated (in my opinion). This article give you ten (10) reasons to choose Slackware.

Screenshot 1 – KDE 4.14.3 Desktop with Netflix running

Screenshot 2 – KDE 4.14.3 Desktop with VirtualBox running

Screenshot 3 – Samba running

Screenshot 4 – GSlapt running

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Run your Slackware 64 bit system with the latest stable kernel – 4.4.1!

SlackwareI have compiled a very useful (as I think) 64 bit kernel for Slackware Current (14.2) and/or all Slackware derivatives. For example Slax, Zenwalk and SlackEX. The kernel is compiled exactly the same way as Slackware’s latest kernel huge. “My” kernel 4.4.1-exton-huge has even more support for new hardware, etc. Kernel 4.4.1 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released 20160131.

What’s new in kernel 4.4.1?

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

1. Download linux-kernel-4.4.1-x86_64-exton-huge.txzmd5sum
2. Install it with the command installpkg linux-kernel-4.4.1-x86_64-exton-huge.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.

NOTE: When you run the command installpkg linux-kernel-4.4.1-x86_64-exton-huge.txz vmlinuz will be “created” in /boot. If you have /boot/vmlinuz already that file will be overwritten. In case you want to switch back to your old kernel you should make a backup of /boot/vmlinuz before you run the just mentioned command.

Restart your computer and enjoy!

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AndEX Marshmallow 6.0.1 with GAPPS and kernel-4.4.0-exton – Build 160131

andex-marshmallow-6.0.1-20160131-smallNEWS 160131 – AndEX – Marshmallow 6.0.1 with kernel 4.4.0-exton and GAPPS
My build of Android-x86 Marshmallow 6.0.1 has GAPPS pre-installed. I.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Gmail, YouTube and more apps. For example: Aptoide, Google Chrome and Spotify. The ISO is called android-x86-6.0.1-marshmallow-kernel-4.4.0-exton-GAPPS-520mb-160131.iso. AndEX Marshmallow Build 160131 is totally error-free (as far as I know).

ABOUT Andex Marshmallow
My compiled Android-x86 system (Marshmallow 6.0.1) can run live (from CD) or be installed on almost all laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Ausus laptops. The Android system is distributed in the form of an ISO file as the rest of my Linux distributions. I.e. you must (as usual) burn the ISO file to a CD if you want to run the system live on your computer or install it to hard drive. Read about how to burn ISO files. Or skip that. Just use ImgBurn. Nothing can go wrong.

LATEST ANDROID SYSTEM
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow was released 151207.

More about AndEX Marshmallow
Marshmallow 6.0.1 is the latest version of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google. I call my remaster of it AndEX Marshmallow Live CD. It uses “my” special kernel 4.4.0-exton-android-x86 with some extra features. I.e. extra drivers. My Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 build from 2016-01-25 will also cost you 9 $. It has two advantages over the Marshmallow version: The system can be used also on older laptops and it runs very well in VirtualBox. Read more about the KitKat 4.4.4 version 160125 or DOWNLOAD it instantly.

Installing new apps in AndEX Marshmallow
Use Google Play Store or Aptoide Apps Store, which are pre-installed. Just make your choices…

What’s the point?
Well, if you like your Android phone and all the apps you have installed on it I’m sure you will also like to run apps from your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc. Also: In AndEX Marshmallow Build 160131 almost all apps and games can be installed via Google Play Store. Still not convinced? Then read my article about “How useful an Androx-x86 system can be for the average computer user“.

Screenshots
Screenshot 1 – AndEX Desktop with Water Garden Live Wallpaper
Screenshot 2 – AndEX – The Desktop at first boot
Screenshot 3 – AndEX – The beginning of your configuration

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Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Build 8 with GAPPS, kernel 4.0.9-exton-android-x86, Bluetooth (working!) and Mesa 10.5.9

android-x86-kitkat-exton-160125-smallAndroid-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Exton Build 160125, version 8, is a ready!
I’ve added Mesa (3D Graphics Library) 10.5.9 for better Graphic performance. The system can run live (from CD or a USB stick) on almost all laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Ausus laptops. The Android system is distributed in the form of an ISO file as the rest of my Linux distributions. I.e. you must (as usual) burn the ISO file to a CD if you want to run the system live on your computer or install it to hard drive. Read about how to burn ISO files. Or skip that. Just use ImgBurn. Nothing can go wrong. You can easily install the system to your hard drive and install new apps. You can also install new apps while running the system live. Google Play Store is pre-installed so you can just make your choices…

Used kernel
4.0.9-exton-android-x86.

Replacement
This version (Build 8) replaces all my previous (7) Android-x86 4.4.4 KitKat builds. In version 8 (as in version 7) I’ve added GAPPS. I.e. Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Maps, YouTube and more apps (for example Bluetooth File Transfer, Spotify and WPS Office). Everything just works.

What’s the point?

Well, if you like your Android phone and all the apps you have installed on it I’m sure you will also like to run apps from your laptop. Bigger screen and better sound etc. Read my article About how useful an Android-x86 system can be for the average computer user.

Screenshots
The Japanese Koi Fish Desktop pic 1
Enable Bluetooth in Settings pic 2
Scanning for Bluetooth devices with Bluetooth File Transfer pic 3

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exGENT (Gentoo) 64 bit Linux Live DVD with kernel 4.4 – Build 160123

gentooNEWS 20160123 ABOUT exGENT
I’ve made yet a new version (20160123) of exGENT based on Gentoo Linux. Now with Xfce 4.12.1 and kernel 4.4. It’s for the 64 bit architecture. I call it exGENT 2016 Xfce4 Live DVD. It replaces version 20141227. The ISO file is of 2280 MB due to the fact that this version has a lot of packages pre-installed. Among them two different Web Browsers: Firefox and Opera. Despite this exGENT version 160123 runs surprisingly fast from DVD or USB. Even in VirtualBox. Faster than most other Linux live systems. All installed packages in exGENT have been updated to the latest available version by 160123.

Used KERNEL
My special kernel 4.4.0-gentoo-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s kernel 4.4. It’s the latest stable kernel as of now.

What’s new in kernel 4.4?

Programs etc
The best thing with exGENT is the premier auto detection of hardware and the ability to easily install the system to hard drive during a live session. Installed programs: Among many others GParted, GNU Emacs, Firefox, Thunderbird, Samba, AbiWord, Nvidia Graphics driver 352.63 and NetworkManager. Furthermore compilation tools so that you can install programs from source the Gentoo way. (After the installation to hard drive).

Quick install to Hard Drive
exGENT Linux can be installed to hard drive in 3 – 10 min. (Depending on computer type). This means that all of you who might hesitate to perform a normal Gentoo installation – which can take up to a couple of days – now have the chance to get this great Linux system (Gentoo) installed on your computers very easy.

UPGRADE the System

The exGENT System (version 160123) is in very good shape, since I, without problems, have been able to update the whole system with the following commands:
# emerge –ask –update –newuse –deep –with-bdeps=y @world
# emerge –depclean
# revdep-rebuild
(Since I haven’t upgraded exGENT since 20141227 it now took me four (4) days to upgrade/compile all included packages).

SPOTIFY
You can easy and quick install Spotify in exGENT. Just run the command emerge spotify. The installation takes about 1 min.

Who is exGENT/Gentoo for?

Experienced Linux users or those who really want to learn Linux.

What happened to the 32 bit version?
Please note that the 32 bit version of exGENT from December 2014 won’t be upgraded. I have deleted the ISO file from the servers. Almost no downloads! I guess 32 bit Linux systems are out of fashion nowadays.

Screenshots
exGENT running Audacity
exGENT running Brasero
exGENT running Samba
exGENT running Spotify

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