MeX 64 bit Linux based on Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” with Cinnamon 2.4

MeX LinuxNEWS 141229
All packages in MeX Linux have been upgraded to the latest version by 141229. 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 141229
1. MeX Linux is once again based on Linux Mint. (I.e. Linux Mint 17.1 – codenamed “Rebecca“, released 20141129 and on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS – codenamed “Trusty Tahr“, released 20140725).
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. 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!

Used KERNEL
The latest original Ubuntu kernel 3.16.0-28-generic (for live systems) corresponding Kernel.org’s kernel 3.16.4. Kernel 3.17 or 3.18 cannot be used in Ubuntu live systems just yet.

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exGENT (Gentoo) live 64 bit with Xfce4 and kernel 3.18.1-gentoo-exton

exGENTNEWS 20141227
I’ve made yet a new version (20141227) of exGENT. Now with Xfce4 and Lxqt. It is for the 64 bit architecture. I call it exGENT 2015 Xfce4 Live DVD. It replaces version 20141130. Version 141227 of exGENT uses kernel 3.18.1. (The latest stable kernel). The ISO file is of 1690 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 141227 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 141227.

Quick install to Hard Drive
exGENT Linux 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.

UPGRADE the System
The exGENT Systems (version 141227 and 141205) are in very good shape, since I, without problems, have been able to update the whole systems with the following commands:
# emerge –ask –update –newuse –deep –with-bdeps=y @world
# emerge –depclean
# revdep-rebuild

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Build 141220 of SlackEX 14.1 live USB with kernel 3.18.1

SlackwareNew features in version 141220 of SlackEX
SlackEX build 141220 comes as a ZIP-file for direct installation to a USB stick. I have replaced kernel 3.16.1-x86_64-exton with kernel 3.18.1-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 4.3.20 (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 31.3, Thunderbird 31.3, 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 3.18.1 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released (20141216).

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.18 kernel

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Run your Slackware 64 bit system with the latest stable kernel – 3.18.1!

SlackwareI 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 3.18.1-x86_64-exton has even more support for new hardware, etc. Kernel 3.18.1 is the latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. Released 20141216.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.18 kernel

If you want to install my kernel in your Slackware 64bit system, do this:

1. Download linux-kernel-3.18.1-x86_64-exton.txzmd5sum
2. Install it with the command installpkg linux-kernel-3.18.1-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.

NOTE: When you run the command installpkg linux-kernel-3.18.1-x86_64-exton.txz vmlinuz will be “created” in /boot. If you have /boot/vmlinuz already that file will be overwritten. In case you want to switch back to your old kernel you should make a backup of /boot/vmlinuz before you run the just mentioned command.

Restart your computer and enjoy!

DebEX KDE live with KDE 4.14.2 and kernel 3.18.0-7-exton (3.18)

DebianNEWS 141216
I have made a new version of DebEX KDE Live DVD. It replaces version 140821. It’s a pure Debian 8 system. I.e.: There are no Ubuntu or Kubuntu elements involved. DebEX KDE uses KDE 4.14.2 as Desktop environment. (The second latest stable version of KDE) and kernel 3.18.0-7-exton. I have installed Nvidia’s proprietary graphic driver 340.65. All other installed packages have also been updated to the latest version of 141216. Study the full package list.

About Nvidia’s proprietary graphic driver 340.65 in DebEX KDE version 141216
If you can and want to use said driver you’ll have to leave X/KDE by pressing Ctrl Alt F1. Log in as root with password root. Then run the command nvidia-xconfig (to create /etc/X11/xorg.conf). Then run startx to enter X/KDE again. You will notice a big difference if you have the right (modern/new) Nvidia card.

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Run your Ubuntu/Debian system with the latest stable kernel – 3.18!

TuxI have compiled yet another Ubuntu/Debian kernel for 64 bit systems. This time kernel 3.18.0-7-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.18, released 141207.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.18 kernel

Install kernel 3.18.0-7-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 Jessie (upcoming Debian 8?). If you want to use my kernel 3.18.0-7-exton for 64 bit systems, you can DOWNLOAD it from here.

md5sum for ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.18.0-7-exton.zip, which is of 60,9 MB.

Installation instructions
Open the zip-file with WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip. Or run this command: unzip ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.18.0-7-exton.zip. Go into the folder ubuntu-kernel-64bit-3.18.0-7-exton and run this command:
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.18.0-7_3.18.0-7.8_all.deb \
linux-headers-3.18.0-7-exton_3.18.0-7.8_amd64.deb \
linux-image-3.18.0-7-exton_3.18.0-7.8_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 3.18.0-7-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 3.15 – 3.18 without “patches” etc.

A small clarification
“My” kernel 3.18.0-7-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.

Good luck!

exGENT 32 bit (Gentoo) with LXDE using kernel 3.16.5-gentoo-exton

exGENTNEWS 141205
I’ve made yet a new version (20141205) of exGENT. This time for the 32 bit architecture. I call it exGENT 2015 LXDE Live DVD. The new version (141205 of 1170 MB) uses LXDE as Desktop environment. All installed packages in exGENT 32 bit have been updated to the latest available version by 141205. I have included Porthole Package Manager also in this version of exGENT. Used kernel: 3.16.5-gentoo-exton.

Two versions of exGENT
Version 141130: exGENT 64 bit 2015 Xfce4 Live DVD
Version 141205: exGENT 32 bit 2015 LXDE Live DVD

Quick install to Hard Drive
exGENT Linux 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.

Porthole

You can (if you like) use Porthole Package Manager, which is preinstalled in exGENT version 141205. 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.

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

See a screenshot of the Xfce4, Lxqt or LXDE Desktops.

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