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MeX 64 bit Linux based on Ubuntu 20.10 with Cinnamon 4.6.4

 

 

NEWS/CHANGES 201031
Mex Linux is no longer based on Linux Mint. MeX Build 201031 is based only on Debian and Ubuntu 20.10. I have replaced the original kernel with "my" special kernel 5.9.1-exton. All installed packages in MeX Linux have been upgraded to the latest version by 201031. This version of MeX uses Cinnamon 4.6.4 (latest). The very nice icon theme Papirus is installed and used.


MORE MeX NEWS 201031
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 (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 1260 MB so MeX will run super fast from RAM!
3. I have replaced Google Chrome with Firefox. Google Chrome is no longer needed to be able to run Netflix in Linux.

4. The best thing with this new MeX build - Create your own installable Ubuntu 20.10 Live DVD with Refracta Snapshot (pre-installed)! The whole “remaster process” is so simple that a 10 year old child can do it.

5. I have installed Calamares Installer as in many of my other Linux builds. Calamares is an installer framework. By design it is very customizable, in order to satisfy a wide variety of needs and use cases. Very easy to use. You can use Calamares to install MeX on both UEFI computers and non UEFI computers (for example VirtualBox and VMware).



Important about Refracta
You can use the Refracta Snapshot (pre-installed in MeX Build 201031) 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 20.10 live system. When you start Refracta Snapshot it will look like this. You don’t even have to install MeX to hard drive before you can use the Refracta Snapshot. 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 10 – 30 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 20.10 system using Refracta Snapshot and transfer your new ISO to your server with FileZilla (pre-installed). Or use Samba - screenshot. NOTE: If you want to create your own distro you must install MeX to a partition of at least 20GB. You’ll find your new ISO file in /home/snapshot. (You can of course change that before you start Refracta Snapshot).

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 1260 MB. All packages have been updated to the latest available stable version as of October 31, 2020. See a complete list of all installed packages.

Used KERNEL 
The best thing with kernel 5.9.1 is that it has better support for the open-source Nvidia driver Nouveau than any other older kernel.

What’s new in kernel 5.9?

COMPATIBILITY
Differences: Ubuntu 20.10 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 LightDM's login screen. Log in to Cinnamon 4.6.4 as the ordinary user live with password live. You can't log in to Cinnamon as root. During the installation process (using Calamares or 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 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. Use Refracta Installer - Simple Installation or Expert Installation. Or use Calamares Installer. Read more about hard drive installations...


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
Read my USB INSTRUCTION

Spotify
You may want to install Spotify in MeX or another Debian/Ubuntu system. Just go ahead. It’s very easy. Follow this instruction for Ubuntu. Or while running MeX just run the command sudo apt update followed by sudo apt install spotify-client. Watch this screenshot.


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 Snapshot. 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 – 5.9.1. (Second latest kernel by 201031).

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

MeX can also be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society.

md5sum for MeX Linux ISO which is of 1260 MB.

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Screenshot 1 - Spotify running (install Spotify with sudo apt-get install spotify-client)

 

Screenshot 2 - Cinnamon 4.6.4 Desktop with Calamares Installer running

Screenshot 3 - Boot screen live

Screenshot 4 - Boot screen Grub

Screenshot 5 - Showing a Samba connection




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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Read about my Android-x86 Systems – 10, Pie, Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop and KitKat at
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about my Android 11, 10, Pie, Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop versions for Raspberry Pi 4 and 3/2 at
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– latest is RaspAnd 11 (without GAPPS) and RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 (with GAPPS)!