MeX 13.10 64 bit Linux with KDE 4.11.3 and three other Desktop Environments
The system is a remaster Ubuntu 13.10 - codenamed "Saucy Salamander", released 20131017. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity 7.1 (Ubuntu). I have replaced Unity with KDE 4.11.3, Gnome 3.8.4, Gnome Fallback (Classic) 3.8.4 (which makes Cinnamon expendable) and Razor-qt 0.5.2. Everyone can on the spot (during live operation) compare the different four Desktop Environments. The system language is ENGLISH.
Program content etc
Among many other programs LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox, Brasero, Vlc, GParted, Gimp and win32 codecs. In addition, java, flash and all necessary additions in order to install programs from source. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of November 27, 2013. See a complete list of all installed packages.
My special kernel 3.12.0-3-exton corresponding Kernel.org's stable kernel 3.12.1.
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.12 kernel
Differences: Ubuntu 13.10 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.
Passwords and login
The passwords for root (superuser) and live (normal user) is root respectively live. When you start up MeX from the live dvd you will end up in KDE 4.11.3 as the user live. You can logout from KDE and login again as live or root to any of the other three included Desktop Environments.
Installation to hard drive
Note that you in advance (just in case) should create a partition of at least 10 GB for MeX Linux 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 in MeX/Ubuntu is otherwise "intuitive". Choose manual partitioning and select the partition you created in advance for installation. IMPORTANT: Start your installation from the Gnome Classic Desktop. There you will find “Install MeX” under Applications >> Favorites. Start the installation and just follow the instructions. One “disadvantage” with MeX: You’ll have to create new users manually afterwards.
You should use UNetbootin in Windows or Linux. See a picture how it looks before the installation starts in Windows 8. NOTE: You must replace syslinux.cfg in the root of the stick with this file. There's other ways to do it, but using UNetbootin is the best/safest way. 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 USB it is possible to install MeX to hard drive later on from the USB stick. You can also use the dd-command to perform a USB "installation". Please read my instruction.
The ISO file (mex-13.10-64bit-1760mb-131127.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 1760 MB.
Other EXTON Linux Live CD's/DVD's in English you may like
ExTiX 13 64bit » version 131109 based on Ubuntu 13.10 with Gnome 3.10 and kernel 3.12.0-2-exton
MeX 13.10 64bit Linux » version 131127 based on Ubuntu 13.10 with KDE 4.11.3, three other Desktop Environments and kernel 3.12.0-3-exton
LFA (Linux For All) 13.10 64bit DVD » version 131120 based on Ubuntu 13.10 with Mate, four (5) other Desktop Environments and kernel 3.12.0-2-exton
EXTON OpSuS 12.3 KDE/Cinnamon Linux live USB » version 130322 and 130328 based on openSUSE 12.3 with KDE 4.10.1 or Cinnamon 1.6.7 Desktop environments. Coming as two IMAGE files for direct installation on a USB stick
ExLight Live DVD 32bit » version 131104 based on Ubuntu 13.10 with Mate 1.6.0 and kernel 3.12.0-1-exton
ArchEX 2013 Dual boot 64bit/32bit Linux Live DVD » version 130207 based on Arch Linux with kernel 3.7.5-1-ARCH and LXDE
CruxEX 3.0 64bit 2013 Linux Live USB » version 131008 based on CRUX 3.0 with LXDE and kernel 3.11.4-x86_64-exton
SlackEX 64bit Live DVD » version 131111 based on Slackware 14.0 with KDE 4.10.5 and kernel 3.11.4-x86_64-exton
Exton|Defender Linux Super Rescue System » version 131203 - 64bit - and version 130728 and 130726 - 64bit - based on Slackware 14.1 with Xfce 4.10 and on Fedora 19 with Mate 1.6.1 or Cinnamon 1.9.1
EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS » version 131115 with six (6) different mini Linux Systems
exGENT Linux Live DVD 64bit » version 131129 based on Gentoo with LXDE and genkernel 3.12.1-gentoo-exton
PuppEX 2013 Linux Live CD 32bit » version 130227 based on Puppy Linux Slacko 5.4 with "my" extra kernel 3.7.9-exton
DebEX Barebone 64bit Live DVD » version 131024 based on Debian Jessie with LXDE and kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64
Other considerations »
Disclaimer: This is experimental software. Use at your own risk. Under no circumstances may C A Exton or exton.net be held liable for damage to hardware or software, lost data or other damage either direct or indirect caused by using this software.
Connect With Me
Screenshot - KDE 4.11.3 Desktop
Screenshot - Gnome 3.8.4 Desktop
Screenshot - Gnome Fallback 3.8.4 Desktop
Screenshot - Razor-qt Desktop
EXTON distributions: The number of Exton distributions has decreased from 66 (all time high in June 2011) to 13. 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.