CruxEX Linux Live CD/USB 3.1 Build 150119

An Open Source CRUX-based Linux operating system supporting the 64-bit architectures

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What's new in CruxEX Linux Live CD/USB 3.1 Build 150119:

  • CruxEX 2015 is distributed both as an ISO file and a Zip file. Install my new version of CruxEX 3.1 64bit from 150119 to a USB Pen Drive and save your system changes - read this INSTRUCTION: If you later on decide you want to install CruxEX to hard drive from the USB Pen Drive all your system changes will also be installed to the hard drive. Or burn the ISO file to a CD and run CruxEX live the "normal" way. Mainly the ISO file is for all of you who like to run and test Linux systems in VirtualBox (before installing the systems to hard drive).
  • I have included Nvidia Graphic driver 346.35. It has support for the following GPUs: GeForce 800A, GeForce 800M, GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M.
  • Version/build 150119 of CruxEX uses kernel 3.18.3-x86_64-exton. The CruxEX system now boot up faster than ever before. I've added more support for different network cards and sound cards (in the kernel).
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CruxEX Linux Live CD/USB
CruxEX is an open source Linux distribution based on the well known CRUX operating system and designed to be used on computers that lack CD-ROM drives. It is built around the lightweight LXDE desktop environment and comes with out-of-the-box support for "all forms of" hardware.

Distributed as a zip archive and ISO image for 64-bit platforms

The project is distributed as a zip file containing all the necessary files for deploying the live environment to a USB flash drive or an external hard disk drive. An ISO image is also available for people who want to test the distribution on a virtual machine before attempting to install it. This version only supports 64-bit hardware platforms.

Installation instructions

Detailed installations instructions on how to write this operating system to a USB thumb drive are provided at After installation you can use the USB stick to boot the CruxEX distribution, which can also be installed on a local disk drive.

Uses the LXDE desktop environment

As mentioned, the live session is powered by the full-features and low on resources LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) project, and it uses the latest stable Linux kernel package (3.18.3 at the moment of writing this review). Unfortunately, booting the live environment will drop users to a shell prompt where they'll have to login with the root/root username and password combination. After that, you'll have to type the startx command to fire up the graphical desktop.

Default applications

Default applications include the Mozilla Firefox web browser, GIMP image editor, Wicd network manager, PCManFM file manager, Leafpad text editor, as well as some compilation tools that help you to easily install apps from source.

Bottom line

All in all, CruxEX proves to be a stable, fast and unique Linux-based operating system that not only it contains a great selection of applications that will cover all your needs, but it also provides users with a familiar and easy to use desktop environment well suited for low-end machines.

CruxEX Linux Live CD/USB was reviewed by , last updated on January 20th, 2015

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