New features in version 140831 of SlackEX
SlackEX build 140831 comes as a ZIP-file for direct installation to an USB stick. I have replaced kernel 3.14-x86_64-exton with kernel 3.16.1-x86_64-exton with support for “everything”. KDE is downgraded to version 4.10.5 from version 4.11.1. All other component software is also upgraded to the latest Slackware version by now. I may mention in particular GParted 0.17.0 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories), VirtualBox 4.3.14 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories), AbiWord 2.8.6 (not in Slackware’s repositories), Gimp 2.8.10 (installed from source), GSlapt 0.5.3h, Firefox 24.7, Thunderbird 24.7, Samba 3.6.8 and GCC 4.8.2. Furthermore I have installed Grub2, which can be used as boot loader (if you want) after a hard drive install. Study the full package LIST.
Kernel 3.16.1 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released (20140814).
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.16 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 3.16.1-x86_64-exton has even more support for new hardware, etc. Kernel 3.16.1 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released (20140814).
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.16 kernel
If you want to install my kernel in your Slackware 64bit system, do this:
1. Download linux-kernel-3.16.1-x86_64-exton.txz – md5sum
2. Install it with the command installpkg linux-kernel-3.16.1-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!
I have made a new version of the extra version of DebEX, wich I call DebEX KDE Live DVD. (The first version is from 140626). It’s a pure Debian system. I.e.: There are no Ubuntu or Kubuntu elements involved. DebEX KDE uses KDE 4.13.3 as Desktop environment. (The latest stable version of KDE). Study the full package list.
Screenshot of the KDE Desktop in version 140821 of DebEX KDE
Note: There are two versions of DebEX. DebEX Barebone with Xfce 4.10.1 (build 140819) and DebEX KDE with KDE 4.13.3 (build 140821).
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 140819. DebEX Barebone 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.
Program content etc
As the name suggests, DebEX Barebone has only a minimum of software installed in advance. Among them AbiWord, LXTerminal, PCManFM, Leafpad, Wicd, Iceweasel (Firefox), Icedove (Thunderbird), GParted, AlsaPlayer and Synaptic. In version 140626 of DebEX I have added all common KDE packages and removed Xfce4. All programs have been updated to the latest available version as of August 19, 2014 in DebEX Barebone build 140819.
Screenshot of the Xfce4 Desktop
Note: There are two versions of DebEX. DebEX Barebone with Xfce 4.10.1 and DebEX KDE with KDE 4.13.1.
LFA (Linux for All) is a remaster of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, codenamed Trusty Tahr, released July 25, 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 140817
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. 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 140817. To make it possible to run LFA from RAM I have uninstalled three big packages; LibreOffice, Google Earth and Google Chrome.
4. Kernel 3.15.0-0-exton is replaced by kernel 3.16.0-7-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.16, released 140803.
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.
Screenshot – Ubuntu Desktop
Screenshot – Razor-qt Desktop
Screenshot – LXDE Desktop
Screenshot – XBMC Desktop
News about ExTiX Light 14.1.2 64 bit build 140815
I’ve made a new version of the lighter version of ExTiX. It uses Razor-qt as Desktop Environment, Slim as Login Manager and kernel 3.16.0-7-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.16, released 140803. (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). My info/instructions also apply to ExTiX Light. I.e. just log in as root (with password root) or extix (with no password) from Slim’s login screen to Razor-qt.
ExTiX 14.1.2 64 bit is based on Debian/Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS released 140725. 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 14.1.2, build 140804) respectively Razor-qt 0.5.2 (in ExTiX Light, build 140815). The system language is English in both versions of ExTiX.
Screenshot of the live Desktop in ExTiX Light with Razor-qt 0.5.2
The ISO files (extix14.1.2-64bit-light-razorqt-usb-persistent-1210mb-140815.iso and extix-14.1.2-64bit-isoh-persistent-1450mb-140804.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society’s server.
ExTiX 14.1.2 64bit Gnome and ExTiX Light 64bit (with Razor-qt) can also be downloaded from SourceForge.net – Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.
A third download location for ExTiX is Softpedia.com – the encyclopedia of free software downloads!
md5sum for ExTiX Light ISO which is of 1210 MB.
md5sum for ExTiX 14.1.2 Gnome ISO which is of 1450 MB.
I have compiled yet another Ubuntu/Debian kernel for 64 bit systems. This time kernel 3.16.0-7-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.16, released 140803.
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.16 kernel
Install kernel 3.16.0-7-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 3.16.0-7-exton for 64bit systems, you can DOWNLOAD it from here.
md5sum for ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.16.0-7-exton.zip, which is of 60,4 MB.
Open the zip-file with WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip. Or run this command: unzip ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.16.0-7-exton.zip. Go into the folder ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.16.0-7-exton and run this command:
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.16.0-7_3.16.0-7.12_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 3.16.0-7-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 3.14 – 3.16 without “patches” etc.
A small clarification
“My” kernel 3.16.0-7-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.