I’ve made a major update of ExTiX Linux Live DVD today (131223). Therefore I’ve changed the version number from 13 to 14. (For 2014).
ExTiX version 14 is the “best” version ever. Here’s why:
NEWS ABOUT ExTiX 14 131223
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. The scripts are quite ingenious. Unfortunately, it is not me who have created them. I found the scripts on Kanotix website. There was no direct indication of how good the scripts were, but 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 can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (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 131223.
ExTiX 14 64 bit is based on Ubuntu 13.10 released on October 17, 2013. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity (Ubuntu). After removing Unity I have installed Gnome 3.10 and Gnome Classic 3.10 (a perfect replacement for Cinnamon). The system language is English.
My special kernel 3.12.0-7-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s kernel 3.12.4 stable. The original Ubuntu kernel is 3.11.0-4-generic.
The system is a based on Debian Jessie (upcoming Debian 8). There are also certain elements of Debian Sid (unstable). LXDE is used as Desktop environment. “The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment“. DebEX Barebone uses the original Debian kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64. The system language is English.
The DebEX Barebone ISO is now a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred to a USB pen drive. You can then even run DebEX Barebone from the USB stick and save all your system changes on the stick. I.e. you will enjoy persistence! Read this INSTRUCTION. NetworkManager has been removed. It doesn’t go together with Wicd when it comes to configuring wireless networks. I’ve added the applications GParted (partition editor), AbiWord, Icedove (Thunderbird) and AlsaPlayer. Study the full PACKAGE LIST of 131221. The biggest improvement in version 131221 of DebEX Barebone is that Debian Installer and Debian Live Installer now work flawlessly. Another big improvement is that DebEX Barebone now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (DVD) or USB stick. You’ll need at least 1024 MB RAM to run the system from RAM.
There is no other live version of Debian Jessie as far as I know. Not as new/fresh as DebEX Barebone anyhow.
DebEX Barebone Jessie uses kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64 to be able to use Debian Live Installer. If you install DebEX Barebone to hard drive you can install kernel 3.11.2-amd64 if you want or need it. You can even install “my” kernel 3.12.0-7-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org‘s kernel 3.12.4.
ExLight 13.10 Linux Live DVD is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.10 (alias Saucy Salamander, released 131017). The Desktop Environment is Mate 1.6.0. (A fork of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems). Kernel 3.12.0-7-exton is used. (Kernel.org‘s stable kernel 3.12.4, released 131209). Program content: AbiWord, Skype, Wicd, Thunderbird, Firefox, Gimp, Vlc and GParted. Also all necessary additions in order to install programs from source. Study the full program LIST. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as at December 15, 2013. The system language is English.
WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 131215?
I have replaced kernel 3.12.0-1-exton with kernel 3.12.0-7-exton, fixed a running problem with Skype, installed the lastest Nvidia propriatary driver 331.20 (released 131106) and upgraded all packages in ExLight to the latest stable version by 131215.
I have compiled yet another Ubuntu/Debian kernel for 32 bit systems. This time kernel 3.12.0-7-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s second latest kernel 3.12.4, released 131209.
Install kernel 3.12.0-7-exton in Ubuntu/Debian based distributions
My self-compiled Ubuntu kernels can be used in all types of modern Ubuntu systems, including Mint. They can even be used in Debian Wheezy (Debian 7) and Debian Jessie (upcoming Debian 8?). If you want to use my kernel 3.12.0-7-exton for 32 bit systems, you can DOWNLOAD it from here.
md5sum for ubuntu-kernel-32bit-3.12.0-7-exton.zip, which is of 59,4 MB.
Open the zip-file with WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip. Go into the folder ubuntu-kernel-32bit-3.12.0-7-exton and run this command:
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.12.0-7_3.12.0-7.15_all.deb \
Then: Run command sudo update-grub (if you use Grub2).
A small clarification
“My” kernel 3.12.0-7-exton is compiled exactly the same way as all official Ubuntu kernels. That is, The Ubuntu Way. If not, the kernel would not function in a Ubuntu/Debian system.
PuppEX 14.1 5.6 32bit is a remaster of Puppy Linux Slacko 5.6, released on August 12, 2013. Kernel 3.10.5 is used. PuppEX uses the LXDE Desktop interface. Unlike the original Puppy Slacko 5.6, which uses JVM, Fvwm95 and IceWM as Desktop interface. PCManFM and LXTerminal are more useful ROX-Filer respectively RXVT, I think. The ISO file is on the whole 317 MB, which is due to me including LXDE and compiling tools (devx_slacko_5.6.0.sfs). Slacko 5.6 original is of only 165 MB. PuppEX is despite this still running as fast as the original, which means it runs very, very fast compared to most other Linux systems. (Puppy/PuppEX runs from RAM).