exGENT 64 bit (Gentoo) with Xfce4 and Lxqt using kernel 3.17.4-gentoo-exton

exGENTNEWS 20141130
I’ve made yet a new version (20141130) of exGENT Live DVD. Now with Xfce4 and Lxqt (The next generation of the Lightweight Desktop Environment). It is for the 64 bit architecture. I call it exGENT 2015 Xfce4 Live DVD. It replaces version 20140212 of exGENT with Gnome. Version 141130 of exGENT uses kernel 3.17.4. (Latest stable kernel). The ISO file is of 1630 MB due to the fact that this version has a lot of packages preinstalled. Among them four different Web Browsers: Firefox, Opera, Chromium and Seamonkey. Despite this exGENT version 141130 runs surprisingly fast from DVD or USB. Faster than most other Linux live systems. All installed packages in exGENT have been updated to the latest available version by 141130.

Porthole
You can (if you like) use Porthole Package Manager, which is preinstalled in exGENT version 141130. Porthole is a front-end for Portage, the Gentoo Package management system. It allows you to browse through available software packages and install them easy as pie. You can for example install the LXDE Desktop Environment. It will look like this.

Who is exGENT/Gentoo for?
Experienced Linux users or those who really want to learn Linux.

Quick install to hard drive
exGENT can be installed to hard drive in 3 – 10 min. (Depending on computer type). This means that all of you who might hesitate to perform a normal Gentoo installation – which can take up to a couple of days – now have the chance to get this great Linux system (Gentoo) installed on your computers very easy.

See a screenshot of the Xfce4 and Lxqt Desktops.

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Exton|OS Internet Kiosk build 141122

Exton|OS Kiosk (ISO file of 344 MB!) build 141122 is based on Ubuntu 14.10 64 bit (released October 23, 2014) and Debian Jessie. Exton|OS’s ISO file is a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive. You can install and run Exton|OS from a USB stick and save all your system changes on the stick. I.e. you can enjoy persistence! Exton|OS Kiosk can not be installed to hard drive.

Few applications
Only Firefox (The Best Web Browser), LXTerminal, Leafpad (Editor), Nano (Editor), Alsamixergui (to enable sound) and Wicd (Network Manager) are preinstalled. After logging in to Fluxbox Firefox will start immediately. If you close Firefox you will also leave Fluxbox (X).

What’s the point?
Exton|OS Kiosk can be used as Internet Kiosk or other publicly available Web terminal in schools, libraries, cafes, hotels, offices, tourist centers and a like. Another possibility is to use Exton|OS Kiosk for displaying information, advertisements, pictures or streaming videos to digital signage deployments. Be sure to change root’s password before such use of the system. It is done (as root) with the command passwd root.

Login and passwords
After booting up Exton|OS Kiosk from CD or a USB pen drive you will end up in console mode. Log in as the normal user live with password live or as root with password root$$8. Then run startx to enter X/Fluxbox. To reboot or poweroff the computer you’ll have to be root.

Screenshot showing Firefox and Youtube running

Screenshot showing the menu

Screenshot showing Alsamixergui running

Screenshot showing Wicd configuration

Network connections
Use Wicd to configure your network connection. You may have to change the Network Interfaces eth0 and wlan0 to eth1 respectively wlan1 or…

USB installation
Read my INSTRUCTION. It is for Exton|OS with the Mate Desktop, but also valid for Exton|OS Kiosk.

Runs from RAM
Another great thing is that Exton|OS Kiosk can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (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 Kiosk that way. I.e. superfast!

Locale
The system language is English.

Quick tip
You can install any other packages you need with apt-get (as root). You can also (of course) install Synapic Package Manager. This can be done while runnning Exton|OS Kiosk live. (From CD or USB stick). If you run from a USB stick with persistence your changes will be saved on the stick. Otherwise they are (of course) gone after a reboot.

DOWNLOAD
The ISO-file can be downloaded from The Swedish Linux Society or from Sourceforge.net.

md5sum

Other Exton Linux Live CD/DVD’s in English you may like to download…

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LFA (Linux For All) 64 bit with four different Desktop Environments

LFAYet another version of LFA (Linux for All) is out. This time based on Ubuntu 14.10, codenamed Utopic Unicorn, released October 23, 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.

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 November 20, 2014. See a complete list of all installed packages.

LFA is easily installed to a USB storage device (with persistence) and/or hard drive.

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Exton|OS 64 bit with Mate 1.8.1 :: build 141117

Exton|OS build 141117 is based on Ubuntu 14.10 64 bit (released October 23, 2014) and Debian Jessie. Exton|OS’s ISO file is 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.

NEWS 141117
A new and much better version of Exton|OS is ready. I have replaced kernel 3.16.0-5-exton with kernel 3.16.0-21-exton. (Kernel.org‘s kernel 3.16.4). The Mate Desktop is upgraded to version 1.8.1. I have also replaced Ubuntu’s installation program Ubiquity with Exton|OS 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.

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PuppEX Tahr Linux Live CD with kernel 3.17.6-puppex

EDIT 141221
A new version of PuppEX Tahr is ready. Most important changes: I’ve changed kernel from 3.17.6 to 3.18 and installed NVIDIA Graphics driver 340.65. The Nvidia driver will be used if your computer/card is “modern” enough. I’ve also added Tahrpup’s Service Pack 6.0.1 in PuppEX version 141221. (Kernel 3.18.1 can’t be used in Puppy/PuppEX just yet).

PuppEX Tahr 32bit is a remaster of Puppy Linux Tahr 6.0, released on October 28, 2014. Kernel 3.17.6-puppex is used. Kernel 3.17.6 is the second latest available stable kernel from Kernel.org as of 141209. PuppEX uses the original Puppy Tahr Desktop. I have added PCManFM and LXTerminal. They are more useful than ROX-Filer respectively RXVT, I think. The ISO file is on the whole 421 MB, which is due to me including also NVIDIA Graphics driver 340.58, Gimp and compiling tools. Puppy Tahr original is of only 199 MB. PuppEX is despite this still running as fast as the original, which means it runs very, very fast compared to most other Linux systems. (Puppy/PuppEX runs from RAM).

Compatible with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
The beauty of Puppy Tahr 6.0 is that programs that are available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS also can be easily installed and run in Puppy Tahr (and thus also in PuppEX).

MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES
I’ve changed kernel from 3.14.20 to 3.17.6 and installed NVIDIA Graphics driver 340.58. The Nvidia driver will be used if your computer/card is “modern” enough.

See a screenshot of the Desktop

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Kernel 3.18.0-3-exton (Kernel.org’s kernel 3.18.0-rc4)

TuxI have compiled yet another Ubuntu/Debian kernel for 64 bit systems. This time kernel 3.18.0-3-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s kernel 3.18.0-rc4, released 141109.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.18 kernel

Install kernel 3.18.0-3-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 Jessie (upcoming Debian 8?). If you want to use my kernel 3.18.0-3-exton for 64 bit systems, you can DOWNLOAD it from here.

md5sum for ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.18.0-3-exton.zip, which is of 60,8 MB.

Installation instructions
Open the zip-file with WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip. Or run this command: unzip ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.18.0-3-exton.zip. Go into the folder ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.18.0-3-exton and run this command:
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.18.0-3_3.18.0-3.3_all.deb \
linux-headers-3.18.0-3-exton_3.18.0-3.3_amd64.deb \
linux-image-3.18.0-3-exton_3.18.0-3.3_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 3.18.0-3-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 3.15 – 3.18 without “patches” etc.

A small clarification
“My” kernel 3.18.0-3-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!

A new (perfect) 3.17.0 kernel for Puppy Linux

I don’t know how useful this info is for the average Puppy Linux user is, but today I have compiled a new perfect (as I think) 3.17.0 kernel for my PuppEX installed (not “frugal”) system. I call it 3.17.0-puppex.

The kernel can be used in all newer 32 bit Puppy Linux “fully” installed systems. I.e. not “frugal” systems.

DOWNLOAD (puppy-k317.zip)
md5sum

1. unzip puppy-k317.zip
2. Place vmlinuz in /boot
3. Create new folders 3.17.0-puppex and all-firmware in /lib/modules
4. Open the sfs files and copy the content to the folders 3.17.0-puppex respectively all-firmware
Done!

ExLight Linux Live DVD with Enlightenment 0.19 :: now based on Ubuntu 14.10, released October 23, 2014

WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 141104?
1. ExLight is now based on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn 64 bit, released October 23, 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 3.16.0-5-exton with kernel 3.16.0-21-exton.
4. New software content: AbiWord, Nautilus, SpaceFM, Firefox, Gimp and GParted. Also all necessary additions in order to install programs from source. Study the full program LIST. All programs have been updated to the latest available version as at November 4, 2014.

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