ExTiX 14.1.1 64 bit is based on Debian/Ubuntu 14.04. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity (Ubuntu). After removing Unity I have installed Gnome 3.10 and Gnome Classic 3.10 (in ExTiX 14.1.1, build 140629) respectively Razor-qt 0.5.2 (in ExTiX Light, build 140515). The system language is English in both versions of ExTiX.
NEWS ABOUT ExTiX 14.1.1 build 140629
All packages have been updated to the latest version by 140629. Vlc (installed from source to make it possible to run it when logged in as root) is in version 2.1.4. Kernel 3.13.0-24-exton has been replaced by kernel 3.15.0-6-exton. (Kernel.org‘s stable kernel 3.15.0, released 140610.
What’s so special about ExTiX?
1. The ExTiX ISO (both versions) 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. 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 (both versions) 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 ExTiX that way.
3. ExTiX is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 140629 respectively 140515.
4. It is now possible to install Nvidia’s proprietary drivers in ExTiX if you want or need it. Please read this instruction.
5. I’ve also installed version 2.1.4 of Vlc (in both versions) from source to make it possible to run Vlc when logged in as root.
6. I’ve replaced kernel 3.13.0-24-exton with kernel 3.15.0-6-exton (Kernel.org‘s stable kernel 3.15.0) in ExTiX build 140629.
7. The installation program Ubiquity (live installer) is now working as intended in both versions of ExTiX. I.e. a new user (your user) will be created during the installation process.
I have made a new extra version of DebEX, wich I call DebEX KDE Live DVD. It’s a pure Debian system. I.e.: There are no Ubuntu or Kubuntu elements involved. DebEX KDE uses KDE 4.13.1 as Desktop environment. (The latest stable version of KDE). Study the full package list.
DebEX Barebone (version 140509) uses kernel 3.14.1-amd64 – latest Debian kernel. DebEX KDE uses kernel 3.15.0-6-exton equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.15.0, released 140610.
Screenshot of the KDE Desktop
I have compiled yet another Ubuntu/Debian kernel for 64 bit systems. This time kernel 3.15.0-6-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.15.0, released 140610.
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.15 kernel
Install kernel 3.15.0-6-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 3.15.0-6-exton for 64bit systems, you can DOWNLOAD it from here.
md5sum for ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.15.0-6-exton.zip, which is of 59,6 MB.
Open the zip-file with WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip. Or run this command: unzip ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.15.0-6-exton.zip. Go into the folder ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.15.0-6-exton and run this command:
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.15.0-6_3.15.0-6.11_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 3.15.0-6-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 3.15.0-6-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.
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 3.15.0-exton has even more support for new hardware, etc. Kernel 3.15 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released (20140608).
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.15 kernel
If you want to install my kernel in your Slackware 64bit system, do this:
1. Download linux-kernel-3.15-x86_64-exton.txz – md5sum
2. Install it with the command installpkg linux-kernel-3.15-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!
A new version of EXTON Linux MultibootCD 6-OS is ready. Changes: New (latest) versions of GParted, Puppy Linux, 4MLinux and SliTaz.
What’s the point of running EXTON Linux MultibootCD 6-OS?
Anyone who is slightly interested in Linux and want to see how far the development of the most famous mini Linux systems have reached should try it. Naturally, also all who own older 32 bit computers that require a smaller system, which can run smoothly (quickly). Easy then to test the current systems on the CD (DVD) live to find out which one suits you (and your computer) best.
NEWS 140607 re. Exton|Defender based on Slackware 14.1
I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64 bit based on Slackware 14.1. It uses Mate 1.8.1 and kernel 3.14.5-x86_64-exton. The Mate Desktop environment is not included in Slackware’s official repositories. To be able to install Mate in Exton|Defender I had to add Salix‘s repositories. The MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. Note: I’ve also arranged it so that version 140607 can run from RAM. I wonderful way to run a Linux system. I.e. super fast! When Exton|Defender has booted up from the USB stick you can eject the stick.
NEWS 140407 re. Exton|Defender fc20 (Fedora 20)
I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64 bit based on Fedora 20. It uses Cinnamon 2.0.14 and kernel 3.13.8.
NEWS 140403 re. Exton|Defender mga (Mageia 4)
I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender based on Mageia 4 32bit. It uses LXDE and kernel 3.12.13.
All packages in MeX Linux have been upgraded to the latest version by 140604. Cairo-Dock has been added. The most important change is that I have replaced the install program Ubiquity with MeX 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.
MORE NEWS 140604
1. MeX Linux is once again based on Linux Mint. (I.e. Linux Mint 17 – codenamed “Qiana“, released 20140531 and on Ubuntu 14.04 – codenamed “Trusty Tahr“, released 20140417).
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 eject the disc (DVD). You’ll need at least 2 GB RAM to run MeX that way. I.e. superfast!
Who can benefit from MeX/Mint?
All who like Debian/Ubuntu and want a system that is easy to use and maintain. Regarding MeX also those who want to run a Linux system super fast from RAM and/or like to run Linux from a USB flash drive.
Screenshot – Cinnamon 2.2 Desktop
Screenshot – Boot screen