Version 140131, 13.10, 64 bit, with Mate and four other Desktop Environments
The system is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.10 – codenamed Saucy Salamander, released on October 17, 2013. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity 7.1 (Ubuntu). I have added LXDE, Mate 1.6.0, Razor-qt 0.4.1 and XBMC 12.0 (An award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media) as alternatives, so that everyone on the spot (during live operation) can compare the different five Desktop Environments. The system language is ENGLISH.
News about LFA version 140131
1. The LFA 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 LFA 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 LFA now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (Copy to RAM). It will look like this. 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 LFA that way.
3. LFA is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 140131. To make it possible to run LFA from RAM I have uninstalled three big packages; LibreOffice, Google Earth and Google Chrome.
4. Kernel 3.12.0-2-exton is replaced by kernel 3.13.0-6-exton.
Who is LFA for?
All who like Ubuntu. In addition, anyone who wants to run a Linux system from an USB stick and saving system changes on the stick. A hard disk installation thus becomes “unnecessary”. Especially as you can run LFA super fast in RAM. (You’ll need then at least 2 GB of RAM in your computer). Furthermore, anyone who wants to run an Ubuntu system with the latest Linux kernel.
I have compiled a very useful (as I think) 64 bit kernel for Slackware 12.0 – 14.1 and/or all Slackware derivatives. For example Slax, Zenwalk, SlackEX and Exton|Defender. The kernel is compiled exactly the same way as Slackware’s latest kernel huge. “My” kernel 3.13.1-exton has even more support for new hardware, etc. Kernel 3.13.1 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released yesterday (20140129).
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.13 kernel
If you want to install my kernel in your Slackware 64bit system, do this:
1. Download linux-kernel-3.13.1-x86_64-exton.txz – md5sum
2. Install it with the command installpkg linux-kernel-3.13.1-x86_64-exton.txz
(The kernel is packed just like Slackware’s original kernels so that everything ends up in the right place)
4. If necessary, change your Grub Legacy/Grub2 configuration
5. If you have an Nvidia graphics card in your computer, you may need to look over your files in /etc/modprobe.d before restarting the computer. That is remove the “blacklisting” of Nouveau’s kernel module in the appropriate files blacklist.conf and nvidia-installer-disable-nouveau.conf. With “my” kernel functions the Nouveau “free” driver works just fine.
Restart your computer and enjoy!
ExTiX 14, MeX Linux, LFA (Linux for ALL) and ExLight (among other “exton distributions”) can be installed to a USB stick with UNetbootin. I have now arranged it so that the aforementioned systems can run from RAM. You just have to replace on file after the installation is ready. READ THIS:
LFA (Linux for ALL)
1. MeX Linux is once again based on Linux Mint. (I.e. Linux Mint 16 – codenamed “Petra“, released 20131130 and on Ubuntu 13.10 – codenamed “Saucy Salamander”, released 20131017).
2. The MeX 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 MeX 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. (The best way to perform a USB installation).
3. Another big improvement is that MeX now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can enjoy a really fast system! You’ll need at least 2 GB RAM to run MeX that way. I.e. superfast! When running from a DVD you can eject the DVD.
See a screenshot of the Cinnamon Desktop
I have compiled yet another Ubuntu/Debian kernel for 64 bit systems. This time kernel 3.13.0-5-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s latest STABLE kernel 3.13.0, released yesterday (140120).
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.13 kernel
Install kernel 3.13.0-5-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 3.13.0-5-exton for 64bit systems, you can DOWNLOAD it from here.
md5sum for ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.13.0-5-exton.zip, which is of 61,9 MB.
Open the zip-file with WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip. Go into the folder ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.13.0-5-exton and run this command:
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.13.0-5_3.13.0-5.20_all.deb \
Then: Run command sudo update-grub (if you use Grub2).
It is possible to install Nvidia’s proprietary drivers if you use “my” kernel 3.13.0-5-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 – 3.13 without “patches” etc.
A small clarification
“My” kernel 3.13.0-5-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.
EXTON OpSuS 13.1 32bit Mini uses the Fluxbox Desktop environment. Only a minimun of software is pre-installed. (Firefox, NetworkManager, Yast2 (openSUSE Control Center), LXTerminal, Leafpad and GPicview). I give you the pleasure to install any additional software that you need. This version is for people with older 32 bit computers with perhaps only 512 MB RAM. Just like the other two versions of EXTON OpSuS 13.1 you run the Mini version from a USB stick with persistence. You can of course also install the system to hard drive (if you want).
This is the third version of EXTON OpSuS 13.1. All three versions can be dowloaded from the Swedish Linux Society’s server or from Sourceforge.net – Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.
INSTALL to a USB pen drive
You shall/must install EXTON OpSuS 13.1 Mini/Gnome/KDE to a USB stick. When downloading they come in the form of a zip file. After unpacking with (for example) 7-Zip, you will have a file named EXTON_mOpSuS_13.1_32bit_535mb_140119.img of about 1 GB, EXTON_OpSuS_13.1_32bit_gnome_140117.img of about 3 GB or EXTON-OpSuS-13.1-64bit-KDE-131124.img of about 3 GB. This is the file you want to install to a USB stick of at least 2 GB respectively 4 GB.
See this Desktop screenshot
Today (140117) I’ve made a 32 bit version of EXTON OpSuS 13.1 (OpenSUSE 13.1). This time with Gnome 3.10 and Gnome Classic as Desktop environments. Version 131124 of EXTON OpSuS 13.1 uses KDE 4.11.3.
EXTON OpSuS 13.1 Gnome/KDE is based on openSUSE 13.1, released 20131119. EXTON OpSuS Gnome/KDE uses kernel 3.11.6 and Gnome 3.10/KDE 4.11.3. Installed programs: Among many other programs, Firefox, Thunderbird, FileZilla, Gimp, Vlc, NetworkManager, GParted and LibreOffice. You’ll run the system as root or as the ordinary user live. Root’s and live’s password is root/live. EXTON OpSuS can easily be installed to hard drive (of those who so desire). That is directly while running the system from a USB stick. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of January 17, 2014 (Gnome version) respectively November 24, 2013 (KDE version). The system language is English.
Installing to a USB stick with persistence and/or to hard drive
After installing EXTON OpSuS 13.1 (both versions) to a USB stick, you can change the system completely and then install the system to a hard drive. You can also continue to have it only on the USB stick and run EXTON OpSuS (both versions) on any computer you want. If you install EXTON OpSuS on a large enough (and fast) USB stick, you can go ahead and install for example LXDE, Mate or Xfce4. All your system changes are automatically saved to the USB stick. That way you’ll be really portable.
See a screenshot of the Gnome 3.10 Desktop (Classic)