RaspEX Build 160402: Now with Kodi (XBMC) Media Center, Bluetooth, Samba, SSH and VNC4Server

raspberry-logoNEWS 160402 about RaspEX
I discovered to my horror that Build 160331 of RaspEX didn’t have support for YouTube in Kodi. Many Add-ons (extensions) in Kodi are dependent on the YouTube Add-on. I therefore (of course) had to correct this error and upload a new version (160402) of RaspEX. While I was at it I took the opportunity to install some additional popular Music, Video and Picture Add-ons.

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RaspEX Build 160402: Now with Kodi (XBMC) Media Center, Bluetooth, Samba, SSH and VNC4Server

raspberry-logoNEWS 160402
I discovered to my horror that Build 160331 of RaspEX didn’t have support for YouTube in Kodi. Many Add-ons (extensions) in Kodi are dependent on the YouTube Add-on. I therefore (of course) had to correct this error and upload a new version (160402) of RaspEX. While I was at it I took the opportunity to install some additional popular Music, Video and Picture Add-ons.

NEWS 160331: A new version of RaspEX especially built for the new Raspberry Pi 3 is ready
I have upgraded the whole system, replaced the old kernel, added support for Bluetooth and installed Kodi (XBMC) Media Center as an alternative to the LXDE Desktop.

The Raspberry Pi 3 is the third generation Raspberry Pi. It replaced the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B in February 2016.

Compared to the Raspberry Pi 2 it has:
A 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
802.11n Wireless LAN
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Raspberry Pi 3: How much better is it than the Raspberry Pi 2? Raspberry Pi 3 is performing 10 times faster than that of the Pi 1 and around 50 percent better than that of the Pi 2 according to testers.

NEWS 160402 ABOUT RaspEX
My previous version of RaspEX is from 160307. I have now upgraded the whole system, replaced the old kernel, added support for Bluetooth and installed Kodi (XBMC) Media Center as an alternative to the LXDE Desktop. RaspEX Build 160331 is a Linux ARM system for Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi 2. It is based on Debian Jessie (Debian 8.3), Ubuntu Wily Werewolf (Ubuntu 15.10, released 151022) and Linaro (Open Source software for ARM SoCs). In this new version (160402) I’ve installed Wicd Network Manager and replaced Chromium with Firefox with better support for YouTube. I have also installed Samba and VNC4Server so you can connect to your Windows computers in your Home Network and/or control RaspEX on your Raspberry Pi 3 or Pi 2 from your Windows computers with VNC Viewer and/or PuTTY (Telnet and SSH client). Furthermore some extra Network Tools and PulseAudio for better sound in YouTube.

How do I run Kodi?
You can just start Kodi from the menu while in the LXDE Desktop environment as the ordinary user raspex or as root. Then you can just start adding video and music Add-ons. I suggest that you also add a “Superrepo” – http://srp.nu. Please note that I have already installed some popular Add-ons in Build 160402.

View all installed packages in RaspEX – Build 160402

Screenshot of RaspEX’s Desktop while Wicd is running (for configuration of a wireless connection)

Screenshots showing additional popular Music, Video and Picture Add-ons in Kodi Media Center.

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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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LFA build 140817, 14.04.1, 64 bit, with Unity (Ubuntu) and three other Desktop Environments

LFALFA (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

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LFA 14.04, 64 bit, with Unity (Ubuntu) and three other Desktop Environments

LFAAbout LFA (Linux For All)
The system is a remaster of Ubuntu 14.04 – codenamed Trusty Tahr, released April 17, 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 140511
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. The scripts are quite ingenious. Unfortunately, it is not me who have created them. I found the scripts on Kanotix website. 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.
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 140511. To make it possible to run LFA from RAM I have uninstalled three big packages; LibreOffice, Google Earth and Google Chrome.
4. Kernel 3.13.0-17-exton is replaced by kernel 3.15.0-0-exton.
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.

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 May 11, 2014. See a complete list of all installed packages.

Used KERNEL
My special kernel 3.15.0-0-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s kernel 3.15-rc4, released 140505. The original Ubuntu kernel is 3.13.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.15 kernel

Screenshot – Ubuntu Desktop

Screenshot – Razor-qt Desktop

Screenshot – LXDE Desktop

Screenshot – XBMC Desktop

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LFA (Linux For All) build 140317

LFABuild 140317 of LFA (with five different Desktop environments) is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 140317.

NEWS
Kernel 3.13.0-6-exton is replaced by kernel 3.13.0-17-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.13.6, released 140307. 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.

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LFA (Linux for All) – build 140306

LFA
Version 140306, 13.10, 64 bit, with Mate and four other Desktop Environments

About
The system is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.10 – codenamed Saucy Salamander, released on October 17, 2013. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity 7.1 (Ubuntu). I have added LXDE, Mate 1.6.0, Razor-qt 0.4.1 and XBMC 12.0 (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 five Desktop Environments. The system language is ENGLISH.

Changes
I have corrected some minor errors. LFA is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 140306.

Who is LFA for?
All who like Ubuntu/Debian. In addition, anyone who wants to run a Linux system from an USB stick and saving system changes on the stick. A hard disk installation thus becomes “unnecessary”. Especially as you can run LFA super fast in RAM. (You’ll need then at least 2 GB of RAM in your computer). Furthermore, anyone who wants a “ready to go” Linux system. “All” necessary programs are pre-installed in LFA. The LFA ISO-file is of 1610 MB. Ubuntu original is of about 900 MB.

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A new version of LFA (Linux for All) is ready!

LFA
Version 140131, 13.10, 64 bit, with Mate and four other Desktop Environments

About
The system is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.10 – codenamed Saucy Salamander, released on October 17, 2013. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity 7.1 (Ubuntu). I have added LXDE, Mate 1.6.0, Razor-qt 0.4.1 and XBMC 12.0 (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 five Desktop Environments. The system language is ENGLISH.

News about LFA version 140131
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. The scripts are quite ingenious. Unfortunately, it is not me who have created them. I found the scripts on Kanotix website. 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.
2. Another big improvement is that LFA now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (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 140131. To make it possible to run LFA from RAM I have uninstalled three big packages; LibreOffice, Google Earth and Google Chrome.
4. Kernel 3.12.0-2-exton is replaced by kernel 3.13.0-6-exton.

Who is LFA for?
All who like Ubuntu. In addition, anyone who wants to run a Linux system from an USB stick and saving system changes on the stick. A hard disk installation thus becomes “unnecessary”. Especially as you can run LFA super fast in RAM. (You’ll need then at least 2 GB of RAM in your computer). Furthermore, anyone who wants to run an Ubuntu system with the latest Linux kernel.

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LFA (Linux For All) 13.10 64 bit with Mate and four other Desktop Environments

The system is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.10 – codenamed Saucy Salamander, released on October 17, 2013. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity 7.1 (Ubuntu). I have added LXDE, Mate 1.6.0, Razor-qt 0.4.1 and XBMC 12.0 (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 five Desktop Environments. The system language is ENGLISH.

Program content etc
Among many other programs LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Vlc, Blechbit, Xsane, Gecko-Mediaplayer, Google Chrome, Google Earth, 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, 2013. See a complete list of all installed packages.

Used KERNEL
My special kernel 3.12.0-2-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.12. The original Ubuntu kernel is 3.11.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.12 kernel

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LFA (Linux For All) 13.04 64bit with Mate and five other Desktop Environments

The system is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.04 – codenamed “Raring Ringtail”, released on April 25, 2013. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity 7.0 (Ubuntu). I have added LXDE, Mate 1.6, Razor-qt 0.4.1 Cinnamon 1.7.4 and XBMC 12.0 (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 six Desktop Environments. The system language is ENGLISH.

Program content etc
Among many other programs LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Vlc 2.0.8, Blechbit, Xsane, Gecko-Mediaplayer, Google Chrome, Google Earth, Wine, Supertuxkart, Acetoneiso, VirtualBox 4.2.10, 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 September 17, 2013. See a complete list of all installed packages.

Used KERNEL
My special kernel 3.11.0-7-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.11. The original Ubuntu kernel is 3.8.0-19-generic.

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