Popularity

ExTiX 14 has now (131230) advanced to place 7 on Distrowatch.coms popularity list for the past seven days. (The listing of the 100 currently most “popular” Linux systems in the whole wide world).

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ExTiX Linux 64 bit – now in version 14

ExTiXI’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.

Used KERNEL
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.

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A new version of DebEX Barebone 64bit “Jessie” is ready!

DebianABOUT
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.

NEWS 131221
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.

UNIQUE
There is no other live version of Debian Jessie as far as I know. Not as new/fresh as DebEX Barebone anyhow.

KERNEL
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.

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A new version of ExLight is ready!

Mate logoExLight 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.

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Install kernel 3.12.4 for Ubuntu/Debian 32 bit systems

TuxI 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.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.12 kernel

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.

Installation instructions
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 \
linux-headers-3.12.0-7-exton_3.12.0-7.15_i386.deb \
linux-image-3.12.0-7-exton_3.12.0-7.15_i386.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.

Good luck!

exton  /131214

A new version of PuppEX (Puppy Linux) is ready!

Puppy LinuxPuppEX 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).

MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES
I’ve changed repositories from Slackware 14.0 to Slackware 14.1 and Slackware 14.1 “Salix“.

See a screenshot of the LXDE Desktop

See also a screenshot of the LXDE Desktop with certain elements of the Mate 1.6.1 Desktop

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What is ExTiX 13 64 bit?

ExTiXExTiX 13 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.

NEWS 131209
I’ve replaced kernel 3.12.0-2-exton with kernel 3.12.0-7-exton (Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.12.4, released 131209). I’ve also installed the lastest version of Vlc (version 2.1.1) from source to make it possible to run Vlc when logged in as root. All packages have been upgraded to the lastest version by 131209 – see this LIST. It is possible to install Nvidia’s proprietary drivers in ExTiX if you want or need it. Please read this instruction.

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Install the latest stable kernel (3.12.4) for Ubuntu/Debian 64 bit systems

TuxI have compiled yet another Ubuntu/Debian kernel for 64 bit systems. This time kernel 3.12.0-7-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s latest STABLE kernel 3.12.4, released today (131209).

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.12 kernel

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 64bit systems, you can DOWNLOAD it from here.

md5sum for ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.12.0-7-exton.zip, which is of 61,2 MB.

Installation instructions
Open the zip-file with WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip. Go into the folder ubuntu-kernel-64bit-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 \
linux-headers-3.12.0-7-exton_3.12.0-7.15_amd64.deb \
linux-image-3.12.0-7-exton_3.12.0-7.15_amd64.deb


Then
: Run command sudo update-grub (if you use Grub2).

Nvidia
It is now possible to install Nvidia’s proprietary drivers if you use “my” kernel 3.12.0-7-exton. Could be useful if you like to play games. Please read this instruction. The Nvidia drivers in for example Ubuntu’s repositories – “Current” etc. – can’t be used. It is supposed to be “impossible” to install Nvidia’s latest drivers when running kernel 3.11 – 3.12 without “patches” etc.

NOTE
This kernel will be used in ExTiX 13 version 131209.

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.

Good luck!

exton  /131209

A new version of ArchEX dual 64/32 bit is ready!

ArchWHAT IS ArchEX dual?
ArchEX 64bit/32bit dual is a new (131206) Linux live DVD based on Arch Linux. Arch motto is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). ArchEX uses kernel 3.12.3-1-ARCH (latest stable kernel) and the LXDE Desktop environment.

INSTALLED SOFTWARE
Among many other programs, Firefox 25.0.1, Gimp, Wicd and GParted – see this package LIST.

INSTALLATION to hard drive
ArchEX can easily be installed to hard drive of those who so desire. Use ArchEX Installer. I.e. while running ArchEX live from the DVD.

BENEFITS of ArchEX/Arch Linux
“Cutting Edge”-software and speed.

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