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MeX 64 bit Linux based on Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela with Cinnamon 2.6.13



All packages in MeX Linux have been upgraded to the latest version by 150714. Cairo-Dock has been replaced by Docky. The most important change is that I have replaced the install program Ubiquity with MeX 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. Also: Linux Mint 17.2 is based on Debian and Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr. MeX build 150714 is based on Debian Jessie, Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet and Linux Mint 17.2. I have replaced kernel 3.19.0-5-exton with kernel 3.19.0-22-generic (Ubuntu's latest).

MORE NEWS 150714
1. The MeX ISO is now a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive. You can then even run MeX 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. (The best way to perform a USB installation).
2. Another big improvement is that MeX now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can eject the disc (DVD). You'll need at least 2 GB RAM to run MeX that way. I.e. superfast!

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 1280 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 July 14
, 2015. See a complete list of all installed packages.

Used KERNEL (3.19.0-22-generic)
The best thing with kernel 3.19 is that it has better support for the open-source Nvidia driver Nouveau than any other older kernel.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.19 kernel

Differences: Mint 17.2 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 MDM's login screen. Log in to Cinnamon 2.6.13 as root with password root. After a hard drive installation you can't log in to Cinnamon as root anymore. During the installation process you'll get the chance to create one ordinary user. The password you create for your ordinary user will also be the password for root.

Installation to hard drive
Note that you in advance (just in case) should create a partition of at least 8 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.
IMPORTANT: Start the installation from the Menu ("Install MeX") and follow the instructions. Watch a SLIDESHOW of the hard drive installation process. The installation to hard drive with MeX Installer is so simple that a 10 year old child can do it.

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

USB installation
You can use UNetbootin in Windows or Linux. See a picture how it looks before the installation starts in Windows 8.1. 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 how to use the scripts I mention above. (It's the best way to perfom a USB installation).

Changing the root password

The password you create for your ordinary user during the installation process (to hard drive) will also be the password for root.

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 the latest stable Ubuntu kernel – 3.19.0-22.

The ISO file (mex-64bit-cinnamon-isoh-persistent-1280mb-150714.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society's server.

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

md5sum for MeX Linux ISO which is of 1280 MB.



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


Exton|OS 64bit Linux Live DVD » version 151022 and 151103 based on Ubuntu 15.10 and Debian Jessie (Debian 8.1) with Mate 1.10.2/Openbox 3.6.1 and kernel 4.2.0-16-exton (in both versions)

ExTiX 15.4 64bit » version 151017 based on Debian 8.1 Jessie/Ubuntu 15.10 with LXQt/KDE and kernel 4.2.0-16-exton

MeX 64bit Linux
» version 150714 based on Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela with Cinnamon 2.6.13
and kernel 3.19.0-22-generic

LFA (Linux for all) 64bit DVD
» version 151024 based on Ubuntu 15.10 and Debian 8.1 with Fluxbox combined with Cairo-Dock
and kernel 4.2.0-16-exton


EXTON OpSuS 42.1 KDE Linux live USB » version 151112 based on openSUSE Leap 42.1 with KDE 4.14.10 as Desktop environment. Coming as an IMAGE file for direct installation on a USB pen drive

ExLight Live DVD 64bit » version 151031 based on Ubuntu 15.10 with Enlightenment 0.19.12 and kernel 4.2.0-16-exton

ArchEX Linux Dual boot 64bit/32bit Linux Live DVD » version 151117 based on Arch Linux with kernel 4.2.5-1-ARCH and LXDE

CruxEX 3.1 64bit 2015 Linux Live USB » version 150511 based on CRUX 3.1 with LXDE and kernel 4.0.2-x86_64-cruxex

Exton|Defender Linux Super Rescue System version 150531 - 64 bit - based on Fedora 22 with Cinnamon 2.4.8 and version 150701 - 32bit - based on Mageia 5 with Cinnamon 2.4.5

EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS » version 150131 with six (6) different mini Linux Systems

exGENT Linux Live DVD 64bit/32bit » version 141227 and 141205 based on Gentoo with Xfce4 respectively LXDE and genkernel 3.18.1-gentoo-exton/3.16.5-gentoo-exton

SlackEX 64bit Live DVD » version 150708 based on Slackware 14.1 with KDE 4.10.5 and kernel 4.1.1-x86_64-exton

PuppEX Tahr Linux Live CD 32bit » version 150501 based on Puppy Linux Tahr 6.0 with kernel 4.0.1-PAE-puppex

DebEX Barebone/Gnome/KDE 64bit Live DVD » version 150902, 150831 and 150830 based on Debian Jessie with Xfce 4.12, Gnome 3.14 respectively KDE 4.14.3 and kernel 4.2.0-7-exton respectively 4.1.0-3-exton

AndEX (Android-x86) 5.1.1 Lollipop Live CD » version 151010 with “my special” kernel 4.0.8-exton-android-x86 and GAPPS pre-installed

Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Live CD Exton build 7 » version 150721 with kernel 4.0.8-exton-android-x86, Google Play Store and many other GAPPS pre-installed

RaspEX for Raspberry Pi 2 » version 151027 based on Debian Jessie (Debian 8.1), Ubuntu Wily Werewolf (Ubuntu 15.10) and Linaro (Open Source software for ARM SoC)

RaspAnd for Raspberry Pi 2 » version 150924 is an Android 5.1 Lollipop system with Google Play Services which can run on Raspberry Pi 2

RaspArch for Raspberry Pi 2 » version 151107 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






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Screenshot 1 - Cinnamon 2.6.13 Desktop

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.