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.