CruxEX Linux Live USB 3.1 2014 Build 140930
Distributed as a zip archive 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. This version only supports the 64-bit hardware platform.
Detailed installations instructions on how to write this operating system to a USB thumb drive are provided at http://cruxex.exton.net/cruxex-3.1-pen-drive/. After installation you can use the USB stick to boot the CruxEX distribution, which can also be installed on a local disk drive.
Also available for 32-bit machines
An older version of this operating system, designed for 32-bit architectures, is also available on the project’s homepage. It uses the LXDE desktop environment, but it’s distributed as a Live CD ISO image that can be written to a blank CD disc and booted from a CD-ROM device.
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 (3.16.3 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 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.
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.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on September 23rd, 2014
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- Version/build 140923 of CruxEX uses kernel 3.16.3-x86_64-exton. Today (140930) I have compiled a new special kernel for CRUX 3.1. I call it 3.16.3-x86_64-cruxex. 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).
Application descriptionCruxEX is an open source and totally free Linux distribution based on the CRUX operating system and targeted at e...