Exton|OS 64 bit with Mate 1.6.2 :: build 140801

Exton|OS build 140801 is based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64 bit (released July 25, 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 140801
A new and much better version of Exton|OS is ready. I have replaced kernel 3.13.0-17-exton with kernel 3.16.0-5-exton. (Kernel.org‘s kernel 3.16.0-rc6, released 140718). 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 1.6.2. (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 3.16.0-5-exton is used. (Kernel.org’s kernel 3.16.0-rc6, released 140718). 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 August 1, 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 14.04.1 LTS 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”.

USB installation
Read my INSTRUCTION.

See a screenshot of Exton|OS’s Mate Desktop

DOWNLOAD
Build 140415 of Exton|OS has been replaced by build 140801. The ISO-file can be downloaded from The Swedish Linux Society or from Sourceforge.net.

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

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Exton|OS Light Live CD 64 bit with Openbox 3.5.2 :: build 140524

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.

Packages
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.

Used KERNEL
My special kernel 3.15.0-0-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s kernel 3.15-rc4.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.15 kernel

Log in to Openbox
When the system has booted up you will end up in X (Openbox) as the ordinary user live. You can log out from Openbox and back again as root (“Other”) if you want. The password for root is root. When logged in as live you can become root with sudo su. There is no password for live.

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”.

USB installation
Read my INSTRUCTION. (It’s for Exton|OS build 140801, but the same instruction is valid for Exton|OS Light).

Hard drive installation
Just start the installation program (Ubiquity) and follow the instructions. Be sure to name your own created user live. If you give your ordinary user any other name the menu in Openbox after a hard drive installation won’t work. It is sort of a “bug”. Sorry about that.

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!

See a screenshot of Exton|OS Light’s Openbox Desktop – live’s

See a screenshot of Exton|OS Light’s Openbox Desktop – root’s

DOWNLOAD
The ISO file (exton-os-light-64bit-usb-persistent-625mb-140524.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society server.

Exton|OS Light Live CD can also be downloaded from Sourceforge.netFast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.

md5sum for Exton|OS Light’s ISO file which is of 625 MB.

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

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