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MeX 64 bit Linux with Cinnamon 2.2 and kernel 3.16.2

 

 

NEWS 140917
All packages in MeX Linux have been upgraded to the latest version by 140917. Cairo-Dock has been added. 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.

MORE NEWS 140917

1. MeX Linux is once again based on Linux Mint. (I.e. Linux Mint 17 - codenamed "Qiana", released 20140531 and on Ubuntu 14.04.1 - codenamed "Trusty Tahr", released 20140725).
2. 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. Unfortunately, it is not me who have created them. I found the scripts on Kanotix website. There was no direct indication of how good the scripts were, but 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).
3. 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 1040 MB. The original Mint Linux ISO file is of about 1200 MB. All packages have been updated to the latest available stable version as of September 17, 2014. See a complete list of all installed packages.


Used KERNEL
My special kernel 3.16.0-15-exton corresponding Kernel.org's kernel 3.16.2.

Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.16 kernel

Compatibility
Differences: Mint 17 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 mint (normal user) is root respectively mint. When you start up MeX from the live dvd/USB stick you will end up at MDM's login screen. Log in to Cinnamon 2.2 as the ordinary user mint with password mint or as root with password root. When logged in as mint you can use Sudo to become root. Command: sudo su. After a hard drive installation you can't log in to Cinnamon as root anymore.

Installation to hard drive
Note that you in advance (just in case) should create a partition of at least 7 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/Mint 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.

USB installation
You can use UNetbootin in Windows or Linux. See a picture how it looks before the installation starts in Windows 8.1. NOTE: You must replace syslinux.cfg in the root of the stick with this file. (Also so you can enjoy persistence and run MeX from RAM). 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
If you install MeX Linux to hard drive you should immediately (for security reasons) manually change root's password. This is because the installation program does not ask about a new root password. (Mint/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.

DOWNLOAD
The ISO file (mex-64bit-cinnamon-isoh-persistent-1040mb-140917.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 1040 MB.

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EXTON distributions: The number of Exton distributions has decreased from 66 (all time high in June 2011) to 14. 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. NOTE: First of all: Replace /etc/apt/sources.list with this file.



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


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