NEWS 140524 about Exton|OS Light Live CD – ISO file of 625 MB
I’ve made a new extra version of Exton|OS with only a minimum of packages pre-installed. Among them a terminal emulator (LXTerminal), a Web Browser (Chromium), PCManFM (file manager), NetworkManager and Synaptic (Package Manager). I give you the pleasure of installing all extra packages you need after a hard disk installation of Exton|OS Light. Use Synaptic for that. You can of course also install new packages while running the system live (from CD/USB stick), but nothing will be saved after a reboot. Unless you have followed my USB Install Instruction and used Boot alternative 2 – Persistent. If you have plenty of RAM you can even install big programs (such as LibreOffice) while running the system live even from CD. Exton|OS Light’s Window manager Openbox guarantees lightness and elegance.
Exton|OS Light Live CD is based on Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit (released April 17, 2014) and Debian Jessie. Exton|OS Light’s ISO file (of 625 MB!) 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.
All installed packages in Exton|OS Light have been updated to the latest available version as at May 24, 2014. Study the full package list.
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.15 kernel
Repositories and software management
Exton|OS Light is totally compatible with Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and therefore uses Ubuntu’s repositories. After a hard drive install of Exton|OS you can go ahead an install any extra software you like and also upgrade the whole system. After running the command apt-get update you should use Synaptic Package Manager. NOTE: If you want to add new extra repositories with a command (for example: apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports) you’ll have to change the first line in /etc/lsb-release to “DISTRIB_ID Ubuntu”.
Runs from RAM
Another great thing is that Exton|OS/Exton|OS Light can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (CD) or USB stick. You’ll need at least 1 GB RAM to run Exton|OS Light that way. Since the system is relatively small (ISO file of 625 MB) Exton|OS will run really fast from RAM. Superfast I would say!
The ISO file (exton-os-light-64bit-usb-persistent-625mb-140524.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society server.
md5sum for Exton|OS Light’s ISO file which is of 625 MB.