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MeX 64 bit Linux based on Linux Ubuntu 15.10 with Cinnamon 2.6.13

 

 

NEWS/CHANGES 151217
Mex Linux is no longer based on Linux Mint. MeX build 151217 is based only on Debian 8.2 and Ubuntu 15.10. I have replaced the original kernel with "my" special kernel 4.3.0-4-exton. All packages in MeX Linux have been upgraded to the latest version by 151217.


MORE NEWS 151217
1. The MeX ISO is now a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive.
2. Another big improvement is that MeX now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can eject the disc (DVD)/USB stick. You'll need at least 2 GB RAM to run MeX that way. The ISO file is of only 748 MB so MeX will run superfast from RAM!


The system language is ENGLISH.


Why not Linux Mint?
Latest Linux Mint (17.3 Rosa) is based on Ubuntu 14.04. I simply think the system it’s too old, even though I’m aware of that some people think that Ubuntu 14.04 is “better” than Ubuntu 15.10.


Why not Cinnamon 2.8?
Cinnamon, developed by the Linux Mint team, can be installed in version 2.8 also in Ubuntu 15.10. I decided not to do it since version 2.8 not yet is included in Ubuntu’s repositories. I guess there is a reason for it. Also the ISO file would have increased considerably in size if I had done it. Anyway you can do it yourself if you follow this instruction. The process is quite simple.


Program content etc
To make it possible to run MeX from RAM I have kept down the number of installed packages. The MeX ISO file is of 748 MB. The ISO size has increased a bit because of me installing Google Chrome (to make it possible to watch Netflix movies). All packages have been updated to the latest available stable version as of December 17
, 2015. See a complete list of all installed packages.

Used KERNEL (4.3.2)
The best thing with kernel 4.3 is that it has better support for the open-source Nvidia driver Nouveau than any other older kernel.

What’s new in kernel 4.3?

Compatibility
Differences: Ubuntu 15.10 and MeX Linux is different only in principle to the terms of program content. A general truth: If an original system can run on a particular computer an "Exton remaster" of the same original system can run on the same computer. I never change a Linux system for the worse in terms of auto configuration and hardware detection, etc. It happens that I replace the original kernel (which I have done in this case), but always to a "better" one with even more native support for various hardware etc.

Password and login
The password for root (superuser) is root. When you start up MeX from the live dvd/USB stick you will end up at Slim's login screen. Log in to Cinnamon 2.6.13 as root with password root or as the ordinary user mex with no password. After a hard drive installation you can still log in to Cinnamon as root. During the installation process you'll get the chance to 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 MeX Linux and a SWAP space double the size of your computer's RAM. I.e. 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 in MeX is otherwise "intuitive". Choose manual partitioning and select the partition you created in advance for installation.

NOTE re. MeX Build 151217: If you want to add respositories with a command (for example: sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports) you'll have change the first line in /etc/lsb-release to "DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu".

Language settings
After a hard drive installation you may want to change /home/YourUser/.bashrc. Also: If you want to have Firefox and Thunderbird (for example) in your language you'll have to install locale files via Synaptic.

Samba - connect to your Windows computers
Samba is running all the time so you can very easily reach your Windows computers. Just open up Nemo File Manager and go to Go >> Network and your Windows computers will be listed in a new window.

USB installation
You can use UNetbootin in Windows or Linux. See a picture how it looks before the installation starts in Windows 10. There's other ways to do it, but using UNetbootin is the best/safest way. I.e. if you want to do the installation to a USB stick in Windows. However, if you want to install MeX to hard drive you will have to run the system from a dvd disc during installation. If you use Startup Disk Creator in Linux to transfer MeX to a USB stick it is, however, possible to install MeX to hard drive later on from the USB stick. Read also my INSTRUCTION.

Changing the root password
If you install MeX 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 MeX to hard drive, you can alternatively remove the root password altogether. This is done with the command sudo passwd root -l.


Who can benefit from MeX/Mint?
All who like Debian/Ubuntu and want a system that is easy to use and maintain. Regarding MeX also those who want to run a Linux system super fast from RAM and/or like to run Linux from a USB flash drive. And those who want a new kernel – 4.3.2.

DOWNLOAD
MeX Linux can be downloaded from SourceForge.net - Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software director.

The ISO file (mex-64bit-2016-cinnamon-isohybrid-748mb-151217.iso) can also be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society's server.

md5sum
for MeX Linux ISO which is of 748 MB.

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Screenshot 1 - Cinnamon 2.6.13 Desktop with Samba

Screenshot 2 - Cinnamon 2.6.13 Desktop with Netflix running

Screenshot - Boot screen




EXTON distributions: The number of Exton distributions has decreased from 66 (all time high in June 2011) to 16. See a complete LIST. It was a bit too much for me to keep 66 distributions up to date. All Exton distributions on the Swedish Linux Society's FTP Server can be reached HERE. All exton distributions in English (English locale) can also be dowloaded from SourceForge.net.



UPGRADE packages to latest VERSION
If you install MeX Linux to hard disk you will always get the latest package versions if you run the following commands: sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get upgrade.



ABOUT wireless configurations
Use Network Manager to configure your wireless network. It works perfect.


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