PuppEX 2013 5.4 32bit is a remaster of Puppy Linux Slacko 5.4, released on December 1, 2012. Kernel 3.2.33 is used when running the system live, but if you install PuppEX to hard disk, you can use “my” own compiled kernel 3.7.9-exton instead. PuppEX 2013 uses, like the original Puppy Slacko, JVM, Fvwm95 and IceWM as desktop interface. In PuppEX there are, however, elements of Xfce4, such as the file manager Thunar and Terminal. These programs are more useful than ROX-Filer respectively RXVT, I think. The ISO file is on the whole 209 MB, which is due to me including the extra kernel 3.7.9, Thunar, Terminal, Vlc and Gimp. Slacko 5.4 is of 162 MB. PuppEX is despite this still running as fast as the original Puppy, which means it runs very, very fast compared to most other Linux systems.
Kernel 3.7.9 is the latest available stable kernel (as of 130227).
exGENT (Gentoo) live with LXDE and genkernel-3.5.7-gentoo-exton has been downloaded more than 800 times this week via Souceforge.net. In addition, all downloads via the Swedish Linux Society server. (Unknown how many).
exGENT should therefore be a truely “good” Linux live system.
Read more about exGENT…
Install my new version of CruxEX 3.0 64bit from 130222 to a USB Pen Drive and save your system changes – read this INSTRUCTION.
Using CruxEX version 130222 has the great advantage that all system changes can be saved directly on the Pen Drive! This is also true for new software installations. This means that you can be really portable. A USB Pen Drive with CruxEX 3.0 can run on any “normal” computer. If you later on decide you want to install CruxEX to hard drive from the USB Pen Drive all your system changes will also be installed to the hard drive.
More about CruxEX 3.0 version 130222
All packages have been upgraded to the lastest available version (with prt-get sysup). This means (for example) that Firefox is in version 19.0. Furthermore: This version uses kernel 3.7.8-exton!
Read more about CruxEX 3.0…
New features in version 130221 of SlackEX (compared with the previous version from 121014)
The system is now for 64bit computers. Nowadays the IA-32 arch is more or less obsolete, at least for desktop machines, and superseded by the x86-64 architecture. I have upgraded the kernel to version 3.7.8 (3.7.8-exton). Kernel 3.7.8 is one of the latest available kernels from Kernel.org. “My” kernel is compiled in the same way as Slackware’s original kernel 3.2.29 “huge”. Grub2 can be used as boot loader after a hard drive installation. All component software is upgraded to the latest available version by now – see this PACKAGES LIST. Most important: All system changes are saved automatically directly on the USB Pen Drive in SlackEX version 130221. That way you’ll be really portable. You can use your SlackEX live USB stick on all “normal” computers.
If you later decide you want to install SlackEX to hard drive from the USB Pen Drive all your system changes will also be installed to the hard drive.
New features in version 130217 of Exton-Slack (compared with the previous version from 130115)
I have replaced kernel 3.7.2-exton with kernel 3.7.8-exton with support for “everything”. Kernel 3.7.8 is the latest available stable kernel on Kernel.org. KDE is upgraded to version 4.10. All other component software is also upgraded to the latest Slackware version by now. I may mention in particular GParted 0.14.1 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories), AbiWord 2.8.6 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories, Firefox 18.0.1, Thunderbird 17.0.2 and GCC 4.7.1. This is my first Slackware live system for 64bit 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.
I’ve made a new version (130215) of exGENT, which is based on Gentoo. The old version of exGENT is from 120814. My new exGENT Linux live system uses LXDE as Desktop Environment and my “special” genkernel 3.5.7-gentoo-exton. LXDE is used because of its speed. The system language is English. Quite new is that I’ve found a suitable installation program, in which a Grub installation (Grub Legacy) is included.
Program content etc
The best thing with exGENT version 130215 is the premier autodetection of hardware and the ability to easily install the system to hard drive during a live session. Installed programs: Among many others GParted, Firefox, Thunderbird, AbiWord and Wicd. Furthermore compilation tools so that you can install programs from source the Gentoo way. (After the installation to hard drive). See a complete program LIST.
Installation to hard drive
exGENT Linux can be installed to hard drive in 1 – 5 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 on your computers very easy.
NEWS 130310: exGENT can easily be installed to USB. Please read this INSTRUCTION.
Who is exGENT/Gentoo for?
Experienced Linux users or those who really want to learn Linux.
See a screenshot of the LXDE Desktop HERE.
ArchEX 2013 dual boot is a new Linux live DVD based on Arch Linux. Arch motto is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). ArchEX uses kernel 3.7.5-1-ARCH (latest Arch kernel) and the LXDE Desktop environment. Installed programs: Among many other programs, Firefox 18.0.1, Wicd and GParted. Study the full package LIST. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of February 7, 2013. You will run the live system as root. There is no password for root. ArchEX can easily be installed to the hard drive (of those who so desire). That is directly while running ArchEX live from a DVD or USB stick. The system language is English.
Compatible and rolling
ArchEX is (of course) fully compatible with Arch Linux. This means that you (anytime) can upgrade the whole system with the command pacman -Syu. ArchEX/Arch Linux is also a so-called rolling distribution, which implies that once you have installed the system on the hard drive there is no need for re-installations (which otherwise is common in the Linux world).
Boot up the live system and login to LXDE
When starting up ArchEX från DVD or USB stick you will first see this boot screen. Choose if you want to run the 64bit version or the 32bit version of ArchEX. When the boot process is ready you will end up as root in console mode. Run the command startx to enter X and LXDE.
See a screenshot of the LXDE Desktop.
The KDE team has announced the 4.10 releases of KDE Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform. It brings many improvements, features and polishes the UI even further, which already is one of the most polished, stable and mature desktop environments.