DebEX Barebone 141216 KDE / 140819 Xfce / 141014 GNOME and MATE

A Live CD Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux and running on 64-bit systems
DebEX Barebone - The default desktop environment of the DebEX Barebone operating system
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DebEX Barebone is an open source Linux project based and inspired by the popular Debian GNU/Linux distribution. It has been engineered to be deployed only on 64-bit compatible hardware. It's also the first GNU/Linux distribution to bring the GNOME 3.14 desktop environment and Linux kernel 3.18.0.

It is distributed in three editions

It is distributed in three editions, one with the Xfce desktop environment, one with the KDE Plasma and another one with the GNOME and MATE desktops, as Live DVD ISO-hybrid images, based on the Jessie and Sid versions of the Debian operating system, and designed to support only the 64-bit architecture. The default language is English.

The Live DVD boot menu is very simple

The boot menu of the Live DVDs is very simple, provides the ability to copy the entire live environment to RAM (system memory) ejecting the media, use the system in persistent mode (only if deployed on a USB flash drive), and run the failsafe graphics mode if your video card is not supported by the first two options.

Uses a hybrid ISO image

DebEX Barebone uses a ISO-hybrid image, which means that users can easily deploy it on a USB stick and use the persistent mode to save their session for future usage. The system can be installed from within the live session using the DebEX Installer application, a clone of the Ubiquity installer utility used in many Debian-based Linux operating systems.

Provides a snappy and uncluttered desktop experience

All three editions of DebEX provide users with a snappy and uncluttered Linux desktop experience, featuring a single-panel layout, from where users can launch their favorite apps, interact with opened windows or switch between virtual desktop environments. The Xfce edition also features a dock (application launcher). The latest stable release of the GNOME 3 desktop environment is used in the GNOME/MATE flavor.

Default applications

Default applications include the Iceweasel web browser, Icedove email client, Wicd network manager, GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), PCManFM file manager, Leafpad text editor, LXTerminal terminal emulator, Xarchiver archive manager, AbiWord word processing tool, LXMusic music player, and Synaptic Package Manager.

Bottom line

The main purpose of the DebEX Barebone Linux operating systems is to combine bleeding-edge Debian technologies with the latest Linux kernel packages, resulting in a perfect computing environment for machines supporting the 64-bit architecture.

Reviewed by , last updated on December 17th, 2014

license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
Arne Exton
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What's New in version 141216 KDE
  • This release replaces version 140821. It's a pure Debian 8 system. I.e.: There are no Ubuntu or Kubuntu elements involved.
  • DebEX KDE uses KDE 4.14.2 as Desktop environment. (The second latest stable version of KDE) and kernel 3.18.0-7-exton.
  • I have installed Nvidia's proprietary graphic driver 340.65.
  • All other installed packages have also been updated to the latest version of 141216.
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DebEX Barebone - The desktop environment of the DebEX KDE Linux operating system

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