Exton|Defender SRS – now in two versions

Exton|Defender Super Rescue System SRS is a Linux system available as both a bootable USB stick (Slackware 14.0, 32bit – version 121120) and Live DVD (Fedora 18, 64bit – version 130307) for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash. Exton|Defender aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the hard disk partitions. It comes with a lot of Linux software such as system tools and basic tools (editors, Midnight Commander, network tools). Exton|Defender can, however, also be used as a normal Linux Desktop System. It requires no hard drive installation, but can easily be installed to hard drive if you want. Desktop environment: Xfce 4.10 in version 121120 and Cinnamon 1.6.7 in version 130307.

System Tools included

NTFS-3g, GParted 0.14.0, PartImage 0.6.9, Shred 8.19, Sfdisk (util-linux-ng 2.21.2), Rsync 3.0.9, Ddrescue 1.16, FSArchiver 0.6.12, TestDisk 6.13 and Midnight Commander 4.8.4. Other programs (among many others): LibreOffice, NetworkManager, Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, Samba 3.6.8 (Slackware), Java (JDK 7u9) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE), Emacs 24.2, Safecopy 1.7 and many compilation tools. See a complete LIST of all installed packages 121120 (Slackware version) and 130307 (Fedora version).



Experiences with Fedora 18

FedoraThe eminent Linux system Fedora 18 (“Spherical Cow”) was released on 15 January 2013.

I have today (130119) tested to run Fedora 18 live. I also installed the system to hard disk. I installed from the ISO file Fedora-18-x86_64-Live Desktop.iso. As expected, everything worked perfectly.

During live execution Fedora used kernel 3.6.10 and Gnome 3.6.2 as Desktop Environment. After installing Fedora 18 to hard drive, I was offered more than 200 (!) updates, including kernel 3.7.2. A peculiar thing with Fedora 18 is that you can run the system live as root. Just login to Gnome as “Other” (i.e. as root) with no password. I.e.: There is no password for liveuser and root. Just login to Gnome as liveuser or root without a password.

Installation to HDD
Fedora uses a new version of the Anaconda installer. This version has put the focus on making installation as easy as possible for new users of Linux/Fedora. This means among other things that Anaconda suggest “auto” partition to make room for Fedora 18. Since I – before the installation of Fedora 18 – had ten (10) other Linux systems plus a windows system installed on the current computer, I had prepared a special partition for Fedora before the installation started. I wanted to install fedora on a partition on an external USB hard drive, which during the installation became known as /dev/sda (!). My first internal hard drive became known as /dev/sdf and my second hard drive as /dev/sdg. I therefore had to be really careful not to install on the wrong partition. Fedora 18 uses the “new” Grub (Grub 2). However, I have already installed the “old” Grub (Grub Legacy) on /dev/sdb3 (my second hard disk) and in /dev/sda (MBR). This Grub Legacy installation I wanted to keep. To avoid the MBR on /dev/sda (my first hard drive) to be was overwritten by Fedora/Anaconda, I chose to install Grub 2 on the install partition /dev/sda3 (my external USB drive). It succeeded. See HERE how my menu.lst (/boot/grub/menu.lst) with twelve (12) installed OS’s looks. After the hard drive installation the disk names returned to “normal”. I.e. /dev/sda (the first internal hard drive), /dev/sdb (the second internal hard disk) and /dev/sdc (my external USB hard drive).

Actions after my installation of Fedora 18 to hard drive
After upgrading the system and restarting the computer with the new kernel 3.7.2, I chose to install the Desktop Environment Cinnamon 1.6.7 and use it as the Default environment. Cinnamon, is like a cross between Classic Gnome and KDE. Without KDE’s “awkwardness” such as Akonadi and Soprano etc. At least I think so.

A possible exton remaster of Fedora 18
I have previously made several remasters of Fedora. Fedora 14 I called EXTON RHF 14. Maybe a live version/remaster of Fedora 18 with the Cinnamon Desktop Environment would be interesting. As far as I know there is still no such remaster around.

See a screenshot of Fedora 18 when I run Cinnamon.

Fedora 18 is a prime Linux system that deserves much more attention. No bugs or other unpleasantness (discovered by me). Everything seems carefully calculated and tested.