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MeX 64 bit Linux based on Ubuntu 16.04.1 with Cinnamon 3.0.7

 

 

NEWS/CHANGES 161030
Mex Linux is no longer based on Linux Mint. MeX Build 161030 is based only on Debian 8.6 and Ubuntu 16.04.1. I have replaced the original kernel with "my" special kernel 4.8.0-25-exton (4.8.1). All packages in MeX Linux have been upgraded to the latest version by 161030. This version of MeX uses Cinnamon 3.0.7. Linux Mint 18 also uses Cinnamon 3.0.7 as Desktop environment.


MORE MeX NEWS 161030
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 5 (load 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 1000 MB so MeX will run superfast from RAM!
3. The best thing with this new MeX build - Create your own installable Ubuntu 16.04.1/16.10 Live DVD with Refracta tools (pre-installed)!

Important about Refracta
You can use the Refracta tools (pre-installed in MeX Build 161030) to create your own installable Ubuntu Live DVD once you have installed MeX to hard drive. I mean change everything and then create a whole new Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10 live system. When you start Refracta it will look like this. You don’t even have to install MeX to hard drive before you can use the Refracta tools. If you have plenty of RAM you can create a new (your own!) Ubuntu system while running MeX from DVD or a USB stick. Please note that the whole Refracta process (creating your new ISO) will only take 5 – 10 min! You can then install VirtualBox in MeX so you can test run your own created new Ubuntu ISO. Or do it in Windows. Btw: You can do the whole thing in VirtualBox. I mean install MeX in VirtualBox, change everything, create a new Ubuntu 16.04.1/16.10 system using Refracta tools and transfer your new ISO to your server with FileZilla (sudo apt-get install filezilla).

The system language is ENGLISH.

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 1000 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 October 30, 2016. See a complete list of all installed packages.

Used KERNEL (4.8.1)
The best thing with kernel 4.8 is that it has better support for the open-source Nvidia driver Nouveau than any other older kernel.

What’s new in kernel 4.8?

COMPATIBILITY
Differences: Ubuntu 16.04.1 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 3.0.7 as root with password root or as the ordinary user live with password live. After a hard drive installation you can still log in to Cinnamon as root. During the installation process (using Refracta Installer) 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. Use Refracta Installer - Simple Installation or Expert Installation.

NOTE re. MeX Build 161030: 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. You can also use Refracta2USB (pre-installed in MeX). A bit complicated, but... - Read also my USB INSTRUCTION.


Who can benefit from MeX?

All who like Debian/Ubuntu and want a system that is easy to use and maintain. And of course those who want to create their own Ubuntu system in a very simple way with Refracta tools. 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 – 4.8.

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-16.04.1-cinnamon-refracta-1000mb-161030.iso) can also be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society's server.

md5sum
for MeX Linux ISO which is of 1000 MB.

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Other EXTON Linux Live CD's/DVD's in English you may like

 


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LFA (Linux for all) 64bit DVD
» version 160419 based on Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 8.4 with Fluxbox combined with Cairo-Dock
and kernel 4.4.0-19-exton

 

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ExLight Live DVD 64bit » version 161016 based on Ubuntu 16.10 with Enlightenment 0.20.99.0 and kernel 4.8.0-21-exton

ArchEX Linux Dual boot 64bit/32bit Linux Live DVD » version 160724 based on Arch Linux with kernel 4.6.4-1-ARCH and LXDE

SlackEX 64bit Live DVD » version 160817 based on Slackware 14.2 with KDE 4.14.21 and kernel 4.7.1-x86_64-exton

CruxEX 3.2 64bit 2016 Linux Live CD/USB » version 160414 based on CRUX 3.2 with LXDE and kernel 4.5.1-cruxex


Exton|Defender Linux Super Rescue System version 160705 - 64 bit - based on Fedora 24 with Cinnamon 3.0.6 and version 150701 - 32bit - based on Mageia 5 with Cinnamon 2.4.5


EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS » version 160928 with six (6) different mini Linux Systems

exGENT Linux Live DVD 64bit » version 160123 based on Gentoo with Xfce 4.12.1 and genkernel 4.4.0-gentoo-exton

PuppEX Slack64/Xenial Linux Live CD 64/32bit » version 160823/160822 based on Puppy Slacko64/LxPup with kernel 4.7.2-x8_64-puppex/4.7.1-x86-pae-puppex

DebEX Barebone/Gnome/KDE 64bit Live DVD » version 161025 (Refracta build!), 161007 and 161001 based on Debian Jessie/Stretch/Sid with Xfce 4.12.1, Gnome 3.22 respectively KDE 4.14.2 and kernel 4.8 (the Xfce4 and Gnome versions)

AndEX (Android-x86_64) 7.0 Nougat Live CD » version 160904 with “my special” kernel 4.4.19-exton-android-x86_64 and GAPPS pre-installed

AndEX (Android-x86_64) 6.0.1 Marsmallow Live CD » version 160922 with “my special” kernel 4.4.20-exton-android-x86_64 and GAPPS pre-installed

AndEX (Android-x86) 5.1.1 Lollipop Live CD » version 160215 with “my special” kernel 4.4.0-exton-android-x86 and GAPPS pre-installed

Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Live CD Exton Build 9 » version 160214 with kernel 4.4.0-exton-android-x86, Google Play Store and many other GAPPS pre-installed

RaspEX for Raspberry Pi 3/2 » version 161019 based on Debian Jessie (Debian 8.6), Ubuntu Yakkety Yak (Ubuntu 16.10) and Linaro (Open Source software for ARM SoC)

RaspAnd Marshmallow for Raspberry Pi 3/2 » version 160915 is an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow system with Google Play Services and GAPPS, which can run on Raspberry Pi 3/2

RaspAnd Lollipop for Raspberry Pi 3/2 » version 160315 is an Android 5.1 Lollipop system with Google Play Services which can run on Raspberry Pi 3/2

RaspArch for Raspberry Pi 3/2 » version 160312 is a “remaster” of Arch Linux ARM. When you have installed RaspArch to your Micro SD Card you can use the system like any other Arch Linux system

Chromium OS (ChromX) » Exton Build 160525 is for all 64bit “normal” Desktop computers and laptops. It must be installed to a USB Pen Drive



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Screenshot 1 - Refracta tools running

Screenshot 2 - Spotify running (install Spotify with sudo apt-get install spotify-client)

 

Screenshot 3 - Cinnamon 3.0.7 Desktop with Samba

Screenshot 4 - Cinnamon 3.0.7 Desktop with Refracta2USB running

Screenshot 5 - Cinnamon 3.0.7 Desktop with SMPlayer running

Screenshot 6 - Google Chrome with Netflix running

Screenshot 7 - 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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