NEWS 120226: A new stable 3.2 kernel for MeX Linux 32bit and other Ubuntu 32bit systems
I have compiled a new stable 3.2.7 kernel (latest) for MeX Linux.
A better kernel
Nothing is so good that it can not be improved (as the saying goes). This also applies to “my” compiled Ubuntu kernels. A disadvantage of my (former) Ubuntu kernels is that you can not install such packages as VirtualBox or Nvidia’s proprietary drivers, which require kernel sources at installation. I have now discovered a better way to compile the kernel, which includes absolutely all specific Ubuntu patches. The above mentioned problem is thus solved in kernel 3.2.0-17-mex. I have personally tested in Linux Mint 11 that it is possible to install VirtualBox and proprietary hardware drivers with only kernel-headers-3:20:17-mex installed. Ie full kernel sources are not needed.
A. Get the kernel linux-image-3.2.0-17-mex_3.2.0-17.27_i386.deb
B. Get kernel-headers-mex linux-headers-3.2.0-17-mex_3.2.0-17.27_i386.deb
C. Get kernel-headers-all linux-headers 3.2.0-17_3.2.0-17.27_all.deb
Install command: dpkg -i linux-headers-3.2.0-17-mex_3.2.0-17.27_i386.deb linux-headers-3.2.0-17_3.2.0-17.27_all.deb linux-image-3.2.0-17-mex_3.2.0-17.27_i386.deb
Then: update-grub (if you use Grub 2)
A small clarification
“My” kernel 3.2.0-17-mex is now (finally) compiled exactly the same way as all official Ubuntu kernels. That is, The Ubuntu Way. If not, the kernel would not function in an Ubuntu system.
Exton-Slack current is a new remaster of Slackware 13.37/current. KDE 4.8 (latest version) is used as Desktop environment. I have compiled the kernel 3.2.7 (latest stable kernel) in the same way that Slackware’s kernel 3.2.2 huge is compiled. This means that there are a lot of native support for modern hardware in “my” kernel 3.2.7-exton. Even more than what is available in Slackware’s original kernel huge. READ more about Exton-Slack…
CruxEX 2012 Linux LiveCD is based on CRUX 2.7.1 (latest version), which is all Linux enthusiasts/nerds favorite OS. (CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimized Linux distribution targeted at Experienced Linux users). CruxEX 2012 uses the Xfce 4.8 Desktop environment. I have replaced the original Crux kernel 126.96.36.199 with “my” special kernel 3.2.6-cruxex, with support for “extra everything”.
Read more about CruxEX 2012 in English or Swedish.
I have made a new version of ExLight 11.10 Live DVD. It is a remaster of Ubuntu 11.10 (alias Oneiric Ocelot). The Desktop Environment is Enlightenment 17 (“Beauty at your fingertips”). Kernel 3.0.0-16-generic is used. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as at 18 February 2012. The system language is English. Read more about ExLight (in English): http://exlight.exton.net
The system is a remaster of Linux Mint 12 – codenamed “Lisa” (From freedom came elegance), released on 26 November 2011. The original system includes the Desktop Environments Gnome 3.2, Gnome Classic (Gnome 2.32) and Mate (a fork of the venerable GNOME 2 Desktop Environment). In MeX Linux Edition, I have installed KDE 4.8 (latest stable version), as an alternative, so that everyone on the spot (during live operation) can compare the different Desktop Environments. I have replaced the original kernel 3.0.0-15-generic (the same kernel as in Ubuntu 11.10) with “my” kernel 3.2.5-mex. The system language is English.
Why has the kernel been replaced?
Latest Ubuntu (11:10) and Linux Mint 12 original uses kernel 3.0.0-15-generic. There has been added a lot of different kinds of hardware support etc. in kernel 3.2.5. So if you have acquired new hardware, which is not supported in Ubuntu 11.10 and/or Linux systems based on Ubuntu 11.10 it might be worth testing MeX Linux. There is, among other things, support for brand new USB devices, like printers and cameras, etc. Odd support: Wii (which is not supported in Ubuntu’s latest kernel 3.0.0-15-generic). If you just want to switch to a newer Ubuntu kernel, you can read HERE (if you understand Swedish).
A new version of ExTix 9 x64 with kernel 3.2.2-extix is ready. ExTiX 9 x64 is based on Ubuntu 11.10. All programs have been updated to the latest version as of 20120202. Study the full PROGRAM LIST.
Read more about ExTiX 9 x64 in English or Swedish.