DebEX KDE (Debian Buster/Sid) – Build 171023 – with KDE Plasma 5.37, Refracta tools, Nvidia 384.90 and kernel 4.13.0-16-exton

NEWS 171023 about DebEX KDE Plasma –  a Refracta Build 171023
I have made a new version of DebEX KDE Plasma Live DVD. It replaces version 161001. It’s a pure Debian 10 system. (Buster/Sid). I.e.: There are no Ubuntu or Kubuntu elements involved. DebEX KDE Plasma uses KDE 4.16 and KDE Plasma Desktop 5:37 as Desktop environment. It uses kernel 4.13.0-16-exton – (4.13.4). I have installed Nvidia’s proprietary graphic driver 384.90. I have replaced Google Chrome with Firefox 56.0 (for Netflix). I’ve also added SMPlayer – an alternative to Vlc. (SMPlayer is a free media player for Windows and Linux with built-in codecs that can play virtually all video and audio formats. It doesn’t need any external codecs. Just install SMPlayer and you’ll be able to play all formats without the hassle to find and install codec packs). All other installed packages have also been updated to the latest version of 171023. Study the full package list.

What’s new in kernel 4.13
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Important about Refracta
You can use the Refracta tools (pre-installed) to create your own installable Debian Live DVD once you have installed DebEX KDE to hard drive. I mean change everything and then create a whole new Debian live system. When you start Refracta it will look like this. You don’t even have to install DebEX to hard drive before you can use the Refracta tools. If you have plenty of RAM you can create a new (your own!) Debian 10/9 system while running DebEX from a DVD or a USB stick. Please note that the whole Refracta process (creating your new ISO) will only take 10 – 30 min! You’ll find the ISO in /home/snapshots.

SCREENSHOTS
1. The KDE Plasma Desktop in version 171023
2. The KDE Desktop with Netflix running
3. DebEX KDE running in VMware
4. DebEX KDE running in VirtualBox
5. Installation in VirtualBox – error to ignore
6. DebEX KDE running in VMware
7. YouTube running in DebEX KDE

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DebEX build 150116 with KDE 14.4.2 and kernel 3.18.0-7-exton

DebianNEWS 150116
I have made a new version of DebEX KDE Live DVD. It replaces version 141216. 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. Furthermore Google Chrome to make it possible to watch Netflix movies. All other installed packages have also been updated to the latest version of 150116. Study the full package list.

Runs from RAM
DebEX KDE can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (DVD) or USB stick. You’ll need at least 2GB RAM to run DebEX from RAM.

About Nvidia’s proprietary graphic driver 340.65 in DebEX Barebone Xfce4 version 150114 and KDE version 150116
If you can and want to use said driver you’ll have to leave X/Xfce4/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/Xfce4/KDE again. You will notice a big difference if you have the right (modern/new) Nvidia card. On certain computers you can’t leave X by pressing Ctrl Alt F1. In that case you can only use said driver after a hard drive installation of DebEX. Then run the command nvidia-xconfig and restart your computer.

Screenshot of the KDE Desktop with Netflix running in version 150116 of DebEX KDE

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DebEX Linux 64 bit with Gnome 3.14 and Mate 1.8.2

DebianI have made a new extra version of DebEX, which I call DebEX Gnome Live DVD. It’s a pure Debian system. It uses Gnome 3.14 (latest version) and Mate 1.8.2 (latest version) as Desktop environments. Gnome 3.14 is winning back disillusioned Linux users…

About DebEX Barebone, DebEX Gnome and DebEX KDE Linux 64 bit
All three systems/distros are 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 in DebEX Barebone. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. Gnome 3.14 is used in DebEX Gnome. KDE 4.13.3 is used in DebEX KDE. DebEX Barebone uses the original Debian kernel 3.14.2-amd64 (equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.14.2. DebEX Gnome uses the original Debian kernel 3.16.3-amd64 (equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.16.3). DebEX KDE uses “my” special kernel 3.16.0-7-exton equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.16. The system language is English (in all three versions of DebEX).

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DebEX KDE, build 140821, with KDE 4.13.3 and kernel 3.16

DebianI 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).

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DebEX Barebone build 140819

DebianThe 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
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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.

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A new extra version of DebEX with KDE 4.13.1 and kernel 3.15.0-6-exton

DebianNEWS 140626
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.

KERNELS
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

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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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DebEX Barebone 64 bit Live DVD with LXDE and kernel 3.13.1-amd64

About
The system is a based on Debian Jessie (upcoming Debian 8).
There are also certain elements of Debian Sid (unstable). LXDE is used as Desktop environment. “The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment“. DebEX Barebone uses the original Debian kernel 3.13.1-amd64. The system language is English.

NEWS 140227
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 140227. The biggest improvement in version 140227 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 2 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (DVD) or USB stick. You’ll need at least 1024 MB RAM to run from RAM.

DebEX Installer – a “clone” of Ubiquity
Watch a SLIDESHOW of the hard drive installation process. The installation is so simple that a 10 year old child can do it.

Watch a screenshot of the LXDE Desktop

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