exGENT Build 140210 LXDE / Build 140212 GNOME

A free Gentoo based Linux operating system for 32-/64-bit architectures, featuring LXDE and Cinnamon
exGENT is an open source and completely free Linux distribution derived from the Gentoo operating system and distributed in multiple editions, with the LXDE and GNOME desktop environments.

Available as Live DVDs for mainstream architectures

While the distribution is available for download as a GNOME edition for the 32-bit architecture (also works on 64-bit platforms), the LXDE edition comes in two versions, one that is compatible only with 64-bit computers and another one for both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms. Keep in mind though, that the 32-bit flavors will support only 32-bit applications.

Boot options

All three ISO images come with the same boot screen, allowing the user to start the live environment with default boot options or in safe graphics mode, as well as to perform a system memory (RAM) diagnostic test. Please note that you must write the ISOs to either DVD discs or USB thumb drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC.

Includes two great desktop environments

As mentioned, the distro features GNOME and LXDE editions. Both desktop environment look great, tweaked to be easy to use, helping the novice user to manage his way through a complex Linux environment, such as Gentoo. However, you will be dropped to a shell prompt where you must log in with the username “root” and the password “root” (without quotes) and run the “startx” command to enter the graphical session.

Default applications

The LXDE edition comes with the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, GIMP image editor, Leafpad text editor, GPicView image viewer, AbiWord word processor, AMD Catalyst Control Center and GParted partition editor.

On the other hand, the GNOME flavor features the Cheese webcam viewer, SMPlayer and Totem video players, Brasero CD/DVD burning software, as well as other GNOME-specific utilities.

Bottom line

All in all, exGENT is a great project that delivers multiple edition with different desktop environment, pleasing even the critical of Linux users. It is a rolling Linux distribution, meaning that you will always get the latest applications without the need to reinstall the entire system.

Reviewed by , last updated on June 24th, 2014

developed by:
Arne Exton
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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exGENT Linux Live CD is an open source and 100% free Linux distribution based on the Gentoo Linux operating system. I...

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