Exton|Defender SRS 140403 (Mageia) / 140407 (Fedora) / 140607 (Slackware)

A Super Rescue Operating System for Linux Administrators and Linux Professionals
Exton|Defender SRS
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Exton|Defender SRS (Super Rescue System) is an open source project that provides users with a collection of Linux distributions designed for system rescue and recovery tasks.

Multiple choices

Each Exton|Defender SRS flavor is based on a well known Linux operating system, such as Slackware, Fedora and Mageia. In addition, each flavor uses a different desktop environment like Cinnamon, LXDE and MATE.

The Fedora and Slackware versions support only the 64-bit hardware platform. On the other hand, the Mageia flavor supports both 32-bit and 64-bit instruction set architectures.

While the Mageia and Fedora editions are available for download as single Live DVD ISO hybrid images that can be deployed to both USB flash drives or blank/RW DVD discs, the Slackware version comes only as a zip archived USB image.

As mentioned, each Exton|Defender SRS edition comes with a different desktop environment. Therefore, we have to mention that the Slackware version features MATE, the Fedora edition comes with Cinnamon, and the Mageia flavor uses LXDE.

A plethora of open source applications

Among the pre-installed system rescue utilities, we can mention GParted, TestDisk, Sfdisk, GNU ddrescue, PartImage, FSArchiver, Shred, Safecopy, NTFS-3G, rsync, and Midnight Commander.

Default applications include the LibreOffice office suite, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, GIMP image editor, Emacs advanced editor.

In addition, the NetworkManager, Samba, JDK and JRE (Java Runtime Environment) technologies, as well as a plethora of utilities for all of your compilation needs are also included in these Linux-based operating systems.

Bottom line

All in all, Exton|Defender SRS provides for a decent set of Linux distributions that can be used to repair broken systems, as well as to rescue data and do all sorts of administration tasks in style, no matter the operating system used (Mageia, Fedora, or Slackware).

Reviewed by , last updated on June 10th, 2014

license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
Arne Exton
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What's New in version 140607 (Slackware)
  • I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64 bit based on Slackware 14.1. It uses Mate 1.8.1 and kernel 3.14.5-x86_64-exton. The Mate Desktop environment is not included in Slackware’s official repositories. To be able to install Mate in Exton|Defender I had to add Salix‘s repositories. The MATE Desktop Environment is the continuation of GNOME 2. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. Note: I’ve also arranged it so that version 140607 can run from RAM. I wonderful way to run a Linux system. I.e. super fast! When Exton|Defender has booted up from the USB stick you can eject the stick. I’ve also changed kernel from kernel 3.14-x86_64-exton to kernel 3.14.5-x86_64-exton.
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Exton|Defender SRS is an open source Linux system available as a bootable USB stick (Slackware 14.1, 64-bit – ve...

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