Exton|OS Internet Kiosk build 141122

Exton|OS Kiosk (ISO file of 344 MB!) build 141122 is based on Ubuntu 14.10 64 bit (released October 23, 2014) and Debian Jessie. Exton|OS’s ISO file is a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive. You can install and run Exton|OS from a USB stick and save all your system changes on the stick. I.e. you can enjoy persistence! Exton|OS Kiosk can not be installed to hard drive.

Few applications
Only Firefox (The Best Web Browser), LXTerminal, Leafpad (Editor), Nano (Editor), Alsamixergui (to enable sound) and Wicd (Network Manager) are preinstalled. After logging in to Fluxbox Firefox will start immediately. If you close Firefox you will also leave Fluxbox (X).

What’s the point?
Exton|OS Kiosk can be used as Internet Kiosk or other publicly available Web terminal in schools, libraries, cafes, hotels, offices, tourist centers and a like. Another possibility is to use Exton|OS Kiosk for displaying information, advertisements, pictures or streaming videos to digital signage deployments. Be sure to change root’s password before such use of the system. It is done (as root) with the command passwd root.

Login and passwords
After booting up Exton|OS Kiosk from CD or USB pen drive you will end up in console mode. Log in as the normal user live with password live or as root with password root$$8. Then run startx to enter X/Fluxbox. To reboot or poweroff the computer you’ll have to be root.

Screenshot showing Firefox and Youtube running

Screenshot showing the menu

Screenshot showing Alsamixergui running

Screenshot showing Wicd configuration

Network connections
Use Wicd to configure your network connection. You may have to change the Network Interfaces eth0 and wlan0 to eth1 respectively wlan1 or…

USB installation
Read my INSTRUCTION. It is for Exton|OS with the Mate Desktop, but also valid for Exton|OS Kiosk.

Runs from RAM
Another great thing is that Exton|OS Kiosk can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (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 Kiosk that way. I.e. superfast!

Locale
The system language is English.

Quick tip
You can install any other packages you need with apt-get (as root). You can also (of course) install Synapic Package Manager. This can be done while runnning Exton|OS Kiosk live. (From CD or USB stick). If you run from a USB stick with persistence your changes will be saved on the stick. Otherwise they are (of course) gone after a reboot.

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The ISO-file can be downloaded from The Swedish Linux Society or from Sourceforge.net.

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Exton|OS 64 bit with Mate 1.8.1 :: build 141117

Exton|OS build 141117 is based on Ubuntu 14.10 64 bit (released October 23, 2014) and Debian Jessie. Exton|OS’s ISO file is 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.

NEWS 141117
A new and much better version of Exton|OS is ready. I have replaced kernel 3.16.0-5-exton with kernel 3.16.0-21-exton. (Kernel.org‘s kernel 3.16.4). The Mate Desktop is upgraded to version 1.8.1. I have also replaced Ubuntu’s installation program Ubiquity with Exton|OS 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.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.16 kernel

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.

Desktop Environment
The Desktop Environment is Mate 1.8.1. (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 3.16.0-21-exton is used. (Kernel.org’s kernel 3.16.4). 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 November 17, 2014. Study the full package list.

Locale
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).

Network connections
Use Wicd to configure your network connection. You may have to change the Network Interfaces eth0 and wlan0 to eth1 respectively wlan1 or…

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 Exton|OS Live Installer in Exton|OS is otherwise “intuitive”. Choose manual partitioning and select the partition you created in advance for installation. You’ll find the installation program under Applications >> System Tools >> Install Exton|OS. 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. NOTE: You should format your intended installation partition in advance. You can use GParted for that.

Changing root’s password
If you install Exton|OS to hard drive the password for root (root) will be replaced by the password you choose for the normal/ordinary user you’ll create during the installation process. The root password is otherwise changed by running the command sudo passwd root. You can log in to Mate as root if you want.

Repositories and software management
Exton|OS is totally compatible with Ubuntu 14.10 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”.

USB installation
Read my INSTRUCTION.

See a screenshot of Exton|OS’s Mate Desktop

DOWNLOAD
Build 140801 of Exton|OS has been replaced by build 141117. The ISO-file can be downloaded from The Swedish Linux Society or from Sourceforge.net.

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Other Exton Linux Live CD/DVD’s in English you may like to download…

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