Exton|OS is based on upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit (to be released in a stable version in April 2014) and Debian Jessie. Exton|OS’s ISO file 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.
A new version of Exton|OS is ready. I have corrected some minor errors in the first version from 140225.
Runs from RAM
Another great thing is that Exton|OS 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 2 GB RAM to run Exton|OS that way.
The Desktop Environment is Mate 1.6.2. (A fork of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems). Kernel 3.13.0-9-exton is used. (Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.13.3, released 140213). Program content: Firefox, Gimp, Vlc and GParted. Also all necessary additions in order to install programs from source. All packages have been updated to the latest available version as at Mars 4, 2014. Study the full package list.
The system language is English.
Log in to Mate
When you start up your computer from the dvd you will end up in X at LightDM‘s login screen. Log in as root (superuser) with password root. (During a hard drive install you can create your own ordinary user).
Installation to hard drive
Note that you in advance (just in case) should create a partition of at least 6 GB for Exton|OS and a SWAP space double the size of your computer’s RAM. Ie if you have RAM of 1024 MB or less. If you have RAM of 2 GB or more it’s enough with a SWAP space of 2 GB. The installation program (Ubiquity) in Exton|OS /Ubuntu is otherwise “intuitive”. Choose manual partitioning and select the partition you created in advance for installation.
Changing the root password
If you install Exton|OS to hard drive you must/should immediately (for security reasons) manually change root’s password. This is because the installation program does not ask about a new root password. (Ubuntu original uses no root password). The root password is changed by running the command sudo passwd root. After installing Exton|OS to hard drive, you can alternatively remove the root password altogether. This is done with the command sudo passwd root -l.
Read my INSTRUCTION.
The importance of Exton|OS now being based on a development version of Ubuntu and Debian Jessie
I do not think the matter is so important, because Exton|OS uses the Desktop environment Mate (which is based on “old” Gnome 2). During my test runs of Exton|OS I have also not discovered any “bugs”.
The ISO file (ExtonOS-64bit-mate-isoh-persistent-1020mb-140304.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society server.
Exton|OS Linux Live DVD can also be downloaded from Sourceforge.net – Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.
md5sum for Exton|OS ISO which is of 1020 MB.