Exton|OS Light Live CD 64 bit with Openbox 3.5.2 :: build 140524

NEWS 140524 about Exton|OS Light Live CD – ISO file of 625 MB
I’ve made a new extra version of Exton|OS with only a minimum of packages pre-installed. Among them a terminal emulator (LXTerminal), a Web Browser (Chromium), PCManFM (file manager), NetworkManager and Synaptic (Package Manager). I give you the pleasure of installing all extra packages you need after a hard disk installation of Exton|OS Light. Use Synaptic for that. You can of course also install new packages while running the system live (from CD/USB stick), but nothing will be saved after a reboot. Unless you have followed my USB Install Instruction and used Boot alternative 2 – Persistent. If you have plenty of RAM you can even install big programs (such as LibreOffice) while running the system live even from CD. Exton|OS Light’s Window manager Openbox guarantees lightness and elegance.

Exton|OS Light Live CD is based on Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit (released April 17, 2014) and Debian Jessie. Exton|OS Light’s ISO file (of 625 MB!) a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to an USB pen drive. You can then even run Exton|OS 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. My tests show that they work flawlessly on USB installations of all normal Ubuntu systems. Read my INSTRUCTION how to use the scripts.

Runs from RAM
Another great thing is that Exton|OS/Exton|OS Light can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (CD) or USB stick. You’ll need at least 1 GB RAM to run Exton|OS Light that way. Since the system is relatively small (ISO file of 625 MB) Exton|OS will run really fast from RAM. Superfast I would say!

See a screenshot of Exton|OS Light’s Openbox Desktop – live’s

See a screenshot of Exton|OS Light’s Openbox Desktop – root’s

See a screenshot of Exton|OS Light’s Desktop – with Ubiquity running

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ExTiX 14.1 Light, build 140515, with Razor-qt and kernel 3.15.0-0-exton

ExTiXExTiX 14.1 64 bit is based on Debian/Ubuntu 14.04. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity (Ubuntu). After removing Unity I have installed Razor-qt 0.5.2 (in ExTiX Light, build 140515) respectively Gnome 3.10 and Gnome Classic 3.10 (in ExTiX 14.1, build 140423). The system language is English.

NEWS ABOUT ExTiX 14.1 Light build 140515
I’ve made a new lighter version of ExTiX 14.1. It uses Razor-qt as Desktop Environment, Slim as Login Manager and kernel 3.15.0-0-exton. (Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface).

Screenshot of the live Desktop in ExTiX 14.1 Light with Razor-qt 0.5.2

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LFA 14.04, 64 bit, with Unity (Ubuntu) and three other Desktop Environments

LFAAbout LFA (Linux For All)
The system is a remaster of Ubuntu 14.04 – codenamed Trusty Tahr, released April 17, 2014.
The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity (Ubuntu). I have added LXDE,Razor-qt and XBMC (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 four Desktop Environments. The system language is ENGLISH.

News about LFA build 140511
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 3 (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 140511. To make it possible to run LFA from RAM I have uninstalled three big packages; LibreOffice, Google Earth and Google Chrome.
4. Kernel 3.13.0-17-exton is replaced by kernel 3.15.0-0-exton.
5. I have also replaced Ubuntu’s installation program Ubiquity with LFA Live Installer, which is a clone of Debian Live Installer. The installation to hard drive is now so simple that a 10 year old child can do it. Watch a SLIDESHOW of the hard drive installation process.

Program content etc

Among many other programs AbiWord, Firefox, Skype, Thunderbird, Vlc, Blechbit, Xsane, Gecko-Mediaplayer, Acetoneiso, Audacity, Minitube, Clementine, Xchat, Pidgin och Teamviewer and win32 codecs. In addition, java, flash and all necessary additions in order to install programs from source. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of May 11, 2014. See a complete list of all installed packages.

Used KERNEL
My special kernel 3.15.0-0-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s kernel 3.15-rc4, released 140505. The original Ubuntu kernel is 3.13.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.15 kernel

Screenshot – Ubuntu Desktop

Screenshot – Razor-qt Desktop

Screenshot – LXDE Desktop

Screenshot – XBMC Desktop

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DebEX Barebone – build 140509 – 64 bit with Xcfe4, Pacapt and kernel 3.14.1-amd64

DebianThe system is a based on Debian Jessie (upcoming Debian 8). There are also certain elements of Debian Sid (unstable). Xfce 4.10.1 is used as Desktop environment. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. (…and according to my experience it is much faster than LXDE in Debian).  DebEX Barebone uses the original Debian kernel 3.14.1-amd64 (equivalent to Kernel.org’s latest stable kernel 3.14.2). The system language is English.

NEWS 140509
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 140509. The biggest improvement in version 140509 of DebEX Barebone is that DebEX Installer now work flawlessly. Another big improvement is that DebEX Barebone now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (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 DebEX from RAM. Furthermore I have installed Pacapt – see below.

Software management
DebEX uses Apt (apt-get) and Synaptic. I have also installed Pacapt (an Arch’s pacman-like package manager). It works extremely well. Available commands: pacapt -h. For example: pacapt -S libreoffice installs LibreOffice.

Screenshot of the Xfce4 Desktop

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ArchEX dual 64/32 bit with LXDE and kernel 3.14.2-1-ARCH

ArchWHAT IS ArchEX dual?
ArchEX 64bit/32bit dual is a new (140507) Linux live DVD based on Arch Linux. Arch motto is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). ArchEX uses kernel 3.14.2-1-ARCH (latest stable kernel) and the LXDE Desktop environment.

INSTALLED SOFTWARE
Among many other programs, Firefox 29.0, Gimp 2.8.10, 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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Kernel 3.15.0-0-exton

TuxI have compiled yet another Ubuntu/Debian kernel for 64 bit systems. This time kernel 3.15.0-0-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s latest kernel 3.15.0-rc4, released yesterday (140505).

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.15 kernel

Install kernel 3.15.0-0-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 3.15.0-0-exton for 64bit systems, you can DOWNLOAD it from here.

md5sum for ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.15.0-0-exton.zip, which is of 59,6 MB.

Installation instructions
Open the zip-file with WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip. Or run this command: unzip ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.15.0-0-exton.zip. Go into the folder ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.15.0-0-exton and run this command:
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.15.0-0_3.15.0-0.1_all.deb \
linux-headers-3.15.0-0-exton_3.15.0-0.1_amd64.deb\
linux-image-3.15.0-0-exton_3.15.0-0.1_amd64.deb

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

Nvidia
It is possible to install Nvidia’s proprietary drivers if you use “my” kernel 3.15.0-0-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 3.13 – 3.15 without “patches” etc.

A small clarification
“My” kernel 3.15.0-0-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!

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ExLight 14.04 – build 140504 – with Enlightenment 0.19

WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 140504?
1. ExLight is now based on Ubuntu 14.04 alias Trusty Tahr, 64 bit, released April 17, 2014).
2. I have upgraded the Desktop environment Enlightenment (Beauty at your fingertips) to version 0.19. Installed from source.
3. I have replaced kernel 3.13.0-9-exton with kernel 3.13.0-24-exton.
4. ExLight’s ISO file 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 ExLight 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. My tests show that they work flawlessly on USB installations of all normal Ubuntu systems. Read my INSTRUCTION how to use the scripts.
5. Another big improvement is that ExLight 14.04 can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (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 ExLight that way.
6. The installation program Ubiquity (live installer) is now working as intended in ExLight build 140504. I.e. a new user (your user) will be created during the installation process.
7. All programs have been updated to the latest available version as at May 4, 2014. Study the full program LIST.

See a screenshot of the Enlightenment 0.19 Desktop

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