ExTiX Changelog

New in version 15.2 Build 150417

April 18th, 2015
  • ExTiX (both versions) are now based on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet. LXQt 0.9.0 (not in Ubuntu’s repositories) or KDE 4.14.6 with KDE Frameworks 5.9.0 are used as Desktop environments. All packages have been updated to the latest version by 150417 (LXQt version) and 150417 (KDE version). Kernel 3.19.0-14-exton is used. (Kernel.org‘s kernel 3.19.3). Ubuntu 15.04 to be relased 150423 will use kernel 3.19.0-14-generic.
  • Google Chrome is used as Web Browser, which makes it possible to watch Netflix movies. It is not possible in Firefox (in Linux). Both Firefox and Chrome are installed in the KDE version.
  • I have also installed BlueGriffon Web Editor. BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it’s a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards. Only to be compared with Dreamweaver. (In my opinion).
  • Other included important/useful packages are: LibreOffice, Thunderbird, GParted, Brasero, SMPlayer, GCC and other compilation tools so that you can install packages from source. Furthermore “all” multimedia codecs. Everything the average Linux user could wish for I would say.
  • I have also installed Nvidia Graphic driver 346.59 in the LXQt version. It has support for the following GPUs: Quadro K1200, Quadro M6000, GeForce 920M, GeForce 930A, GeForce 930M, GeForce 940M, GeForce GTX 950M, GeForce GTX 960M and GeForce GTX TITAN X. This driver will be used automatically if your card is supported. Note: One reason for me to abandon Gnome 3.14 (which was used in the previous version of ExTiX) is that Gnome 3.14 won’t run together with Nvidia’s proprietary drivers.

New in version 15.1.1 Build 150221 (February 21st, 2015)

  • In this version/build I have replaced Unity with KDE 4.14.4 (latest) and KDE Frameworks 5.7.0.
  • "KDE Frameworks are 60 add-on libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms".
  • All common KDE packages are installed. Study this full package list: http://www.extix.se/extix-kde/extix-kde-packages-150221.txt I have added Libreoffice ("full" install), Google Chrome (to make it possible to watch Netflix movies) and GCC and other compilation tools so that you can install packages from source.
  • Kernel 3.19.0-5-exton is used.

New in version 15.1.1 Build 150205 (February 7th, 2015)

  • ExTiX LXQt is now based on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. LXQt 0.8.0 (not in Ubuntu's repositories) is used as Desktop environment. All packages have been updated to the latest version by 150205. Kernel 3.18.0-10-exton is used. (Kernel.org's kernel 3.18.3).
  • Google Chrome is used as Web Browser, which makes it possible to watch Netflix movies. It is not possible in Firefox (in Linux).
  • I have also installed BlueGriffon Web Editor. "BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it's a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards". Only to be compared with Dreamweaver. (In my opinion).
  • Other included important/useful packages are: LibreOffice, Thunderbird, GParted, Brasero, SMPlayer, GCC and other compilation tools so that you can install packages from source. Furthermore "all" multimedia codecs. Everything the average Linux user could wish for I would say.
  • I have also installed Nvidia Graphic driver 346.35. It has support for the following GPUs: GeForce 800A, GeForce 800M, GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M. This driver will be used automatically if your card is supported. NOTE: One reason for me to abandon Gnome 3.14 (which was used in the previous version of ExtiX) is that Gnome 3.14 won't run together with Nvidia's proprietary drivers.

New in version 15.1 Build 150105 (Razor-Qt) (January 6th, 2015)

  • My lighter version of ExTiX is also based on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.
  • It uses Razor-qt as Desktop Environment, Slim as Login Manager and kernel 3.16.0-21-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.16.4, released 141005. (Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies.
  • It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface).
  • All packages in ExTiX Light 15.1 have been updated to the latest available stable versions as of January 5, 2015.
  • Google Chrome is included, which makes it possible to watch Netflix movies. It is not possible in Firefox (in Linux).

New in version 15.1 Build 150104 (GNOME) (January 4th, 2015)

  • ExTiX Gnome is now based on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. Gnome has been upgraded to version 3.14. (Not in Ubuntu's repositories). All packages have been updated to the latest version by 150104. Kernel 3.16.0-21-exton is used. (Kernel.org's kernel 3.16.4).
  • Google Chrome is included, which makes it possible to watch Netflix movies. It is not possible in Firefox (in Linux).
  • I have also installed BlueGriffon Web Editor. "BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it's a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards". Only to be compared with Dreamweaver. (In my opinion).

New in version 14.2 Build 141024 (GNOME) (October 24th, 2014)

  • All packages have been updated to the latest version by 141024. ExTiX Gnome is now based on Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn". Gnome has been upgraded to version 3.14. (Not in Ubuntu's repositories). Kernel 3.16.0-5-exton has been replaced by kernel 3.16.0-21-exton. (Kernel.org's kernel 3.16.4).

New in version 14.2 Build 141019 (October 20th, 2014)

  • My new lighter version of ExTiX is now based on Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn". It uses Razor-qt as Desktop Environment, Slim as Login Manager and kernel 3.16.0-21-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.16.4. ("Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface"). My info/instructions below also apply to ExTiX Light. I.e. just log in as root (with password root) or extix (with no password) from Slim's login screen to Razor-qt.

New in version 14.1.2 (August 4th, 2014)

  • All packages have been updated to the latest version by 140804.
  • Vlc (installed from source to make it possible to run it when logged in as root) is in version 2.1.5.
  • Kernel 3.15.0-6-exton has been replaced by kernel 3.16.0-5-exton. (Kernel.org's kernel 3.16.0-rc6, released 140718).

New in version 14.1.1 (June 29th, 2014)

  • ExTiX 14.1.1 64 bit is based on Debian/Ubuntu 14.04. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity (Ubuntu). After removing Unity I have installed Gnome 3.10 and Gnome Classic 3.10 (in ExTiX 14.1.1, build 140629) respectively Razor-qt 0.5.2 (in ExTiX Light, build 140515). The system language is English in both versions of ExTiX.
  • All packages have been updated to the latest version by 140629. Vlc (installed from source to make it possible to run it when logged in as root) is in version 2.1.4. Kernel 3.13.0-24-exton has been replaced by kernel 3.15.0-6-exton. (Kernel.org‘s stable kernel 3.15.0, released 140610.

New in version 14.1 Build 140515 (May 18th, 2014)

  • It uses Razor-qt as Desktop Environment, Slim as Login Manager and kernel 3.15.0-0-exton.

New in version 14.1 (April 24th, 2014)

  • ExTiX is now based on Debian Jessie and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (alias Trusty Tahr).
  • I have upgraded all packages to the latest version as of 140423.

New in version Build 140219 (February 19th, 2014)

  • The installation program Ubiquity (live installer) is now working as intended in ExTiX version 140219. I.e. a new user (your user) will be created during the installation process.

New in version Build 140216 (February 18th, 2014)

  • The ExTiX ISO is now a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive. You can then even run ExTiX from the USB stick and save all your system changes on the stick. I.e. you will enjoy persistence! I've found two scripts which make the installation to USB very simple. My tests show that they work flawlessly on USB installations of all normal Ubuntu systems. Read my INSTRUCTION how to use the scripts.
  • Another big improvement is that ExTiX 14 can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (DVD) or USB stick. You'll need at least 2 GB RAM to run ExTiX that way.
  • ExTiX is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 140216.
  • It is now possible to install Nvidia's proprietary drivers in ExTiX if you want or need it. Please read this instruction.
  • I've also installed version2.1.1 of VLC from source to make it possible to run VLC when logged in as root.
  • I've replaced kernel 3.12.0-7-exton with kernel 3.13.0-9-exton (Kernel.org's latest stable kernel 3.13.3, released 140213).

New in version Build 131223 (December 23rd, 2013)

  • The ExTiX ISO is now a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive. You can then even run ExTiX from the USB stick and save all your system changes on the stick. I.e. you will enjoy persistence! I've found two scripts which make the installation to USB very simple. The scripts are quite ingenious. Unfortunately, it is not me who have created them. I found the scripts on Kanotix website. There was no direct indication of how good the scripts were, but my tests show that they work flawlessly on USB installations of all normal Ubuntu systems. Read my INSTRUCTION how to use the scripts: http://www.extix.se/extix-usb-persistent/
  • Another big improvement is that ExTiX 14 can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (Copy to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (DVD) or USB stick. You'll need at least 2 GB RAM to run ExTiX that way.
  • ExTiX is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 131223.

New in version 131209 (December 10th, 2013)

  • The system now uses kernel 3.12.0-7-exton based on kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.12.4
  • VLC 2.1.1 has been installed
  • All packages have been upgraded to the latest version
  • It is possible to install Nvidia’s proprietary drivers in ExTiX if you want or need it. Please read this instructions http://www.extix.se/nvidia-extix.html

New in version 131109 (November 9th, 2013)

  • This release used a special kernel 3.12.0-2-exton (based on Kernel.org's STABLE kernel 3.12) with support for "extra everything".
  • Also, it is now possible to install Nvidia's proprietary drivers in ExTiX if you want or need it. Please read this instructions: http://www.extix.se/nvidia-extix.html

New in version 131031 (November 2nd, 2013)

  • This version is based on Ubuntu 13.10 released on October 17, 2013.
  • The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity (Ubuntu). After removing Unity I have installed Gnome 3.10 (latest version, not yet in Ubuntu's official repositories) and Gnome Classic 3.10 (a perfect replacement for Cinnamon).
  • The system language is English.

New in version 13 (April 29th, 2013)

  • ExTiX 13 64bit is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.04 relased 130425. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity (Ubuntu). In ExTiX 13, I have replaced Unity with Gnome 3.6.3 and Cairo-Dock 3.2.1. Used kernel is the "my special" Ubuntu kernel 3.8.0-19-exton (Kernel.org's 3.8.8, stable). The system language is English.

New in version 11 (October 27th, 2012)

  • Gnome
  • LibreOffice
  • Vlc
  • Live Installer
  • GParted
  • Gnome Shell
  • Based on Ubuntu
  • All codecs installed
  • Flash
  • 64bit
  • Kernel 3.5.0-17-generic

New in version 10 (May 19th, 2012)

  • Previous versions of ExTiX were based on KNOPPIX/Debian. Version 7.0 of ExTiX was based on the Swiss Linux System Paldo. Version 8 of ExTiX was based on Debian Sid. Version 9 of ExTiX was based on Ubuntu 11.10.
  • ExTiX 10 64bit is a remaster of Ubuntu 12.04 released April 26, 2012. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity 5.8. After removing Unity I have installed Gnome 3.4, Gnome Shell and Razor-qt so that everyone on the spot (during live operation) can compare the different Desktop Environments. The system language is English.
  • Program content etc.:
  • Among many other programs Libre Office 3.5.3.2, AbiWord, Firefox 12.0, Opera, Thunderbird 12.0.1, Brasero, Vlc 2.0.1, Gimp and win32 codecs. In addition, Java and all necessary additions in order to install programs from source. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of May 17, 2012 >> see a complete list.
  • Passwords
  • The password for live is live. You can only run ExTiX 10 live (from dvd or usb) as the ordinary user live. The password for root is root.
  • Compatibility:
  • Differences: Ubuntu 12.04 and ExTiX 10 is different only in principle to the terms of program content. A general truth: If an original system can run on a particular computer an "Exton remaster" of the same original system can run on the same computer. I never change a Linux system for the worse in terms of auto configuration and hardware detection, etc. It happens that I replace the original kernel, but always to a "better" one with even more native support for various hardware etc.
  • Differences:
  • One big difference in ExTiX 10 though:There is a password for root. After installation to harddisk ExTiX 10 will behave exactly as any other Ubuntu system. You can even remove root's password (if you want). Command (as root): password root -l. Or change it with passwd root.
  • Nvidia's proprietary driver:
  • I have installed driver 295.53 so that you can enjoy the full Gnome Desktop live (if you have a new Nvidia card in you computer).
  • Installation to hard disk:
  • Note that you in advance (just in case) should create a partition of at least 8 GB for ExTiX 10 and a SWAP space double the size of your computer's RAM. Ie if you have RAM of 1024 MB or less. If you have RAM of 2 GB or more it's enough with a SWAP space of 2 GB. The installation program in ExTiX 10/Ubuntu is otherwise "intuitive". Choose manual partitioning and select the partition you created in advance for installation. If you receive the error message The username you entered is invalid: See this solution. SAFE INSTALLATON: Do not change language/locale from default English during installation.
  • USB installation:
  • You should use UNetbootin in Windows or Linux. See a picture how it looks before the installation starts in Windows 7. There's other ways to do it, but using UNetbootin is the best/safest way. However, if you want to install ExTiX 10 to harddisk you will have to run the system from a dvd during installation. If you use Startup Disk Creator in Linux to transfer ExTiX 10 to USB it is possible to install ExTiX to harddisk later on from the USB stick.
  • Change of locale/language:
  • After a harddisk installation you can (of course) change the default language (English) settings. Login as root and go to System Settings >> Locale Support and install necessary language packages. Apply your settings System-Wide. Then edit /root/.bashrc and change at the bottom of that file en_US.UTF-8 to sv_SE.UTF-8 or your preferred language. Restart your computer and everything should be in your choosen language.

New in version 9 (January 1st, 2012)

  • ExTiX 9 x64 is a remaster of Ubuntu 11.10 released on 13 October 2011. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity with Gnome 3.2. After removing Unity I have installed Gnome Shell and Razor-qt so that everyone on the spot (during live operation) can compare the different Desktop Environments. I have also replaced the original kernel 3.0.0-14-generic with "my" kernel 3.1.6-extix. Kernel 3.1.6 is the latest available stable kernel, which can be downloaded from kernel.org. The system language is English.
  • Why has the kernel been replaced?
  • Latest Ubuntu (11:10) uses kernel 3.0.0-14-generic. There has been added a lot of different kinds of hardware support etc. in the latest stable kernel 3.1.6. So if you have acquired new hardware, which is not supported in Ubuntu 11.10 and/or Linux systems based on Ubuntu 11.10 it might be worth testing ExTiX 9. There is, among other things, support for brand new USB devices, like printers and cameras, etc. Odd support: Wii (which is not supported in Ubuntu's latest kernel 3.0.0-14-generic). If you just want to switch to "my" newer kernel (in your already installed Ubuntu system) you shall do it like this.
  • A. Get the kernel
  • B. Get the kernel-headers
  • Run these commands as root:
  • 1) dpkg -i linux-image-3.1.6-extix_3.1.6-extix-10.00.Custom_amd64.deb
  • 2) dpkg -i linux-headers-3.1.6-extix_3.1.6-extix-10.00.Custom_amd64.deb
  • 3) cd /lib/modules
  • 4) update-initramfs -ck 3.1.6-extix
  • 5) update-grub
  • Program content etc
  • Among many other programs LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox, Brasero, VLC, Gimp and win32 codecs. In addition, Java and all necessary additions in order to install programs from source. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of 28 December 2011.
  • Compatibility
  • Differences: Ubuntu 11.10 and ExTiX 9 is different only in principle to the terms of program content. A general truth: If an original system can run on a particular computer a "Exton remaster" of the same original system can run on the same computer. I never change a Linux system for the worse in terms of auto configuration and hardware detection, etc. It happens that I replace the original kernel (which I have done in ExTiX 9), but always to a "better" one with even more native support for various hardware etc. One problem: If you choose to install ExTiX 9 to hard disk or USB disk (not using UNetbootin), you should first disconnect your USB webcam. Towards the end of the installation you are asked to take a "login picture" with the webcam. Then Ubiquity hangs. Nevertheless the actual installation is complete, except for the Grub2 installation, so unless you intend to install Grub2 in MBR (/dev/sda) there is no problem. Just do your changes in Grub2 or Grub Legacy and then restart the computer. Without a webcam plugged in, however, the installation program (Ubiquity) works perfectly. The “webcam problem” is the same in the original system Ubuntu 11.10 64bit. It's a bug even in upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 64bit.

New in version 8.0 (January 13th, 2011)

  • These new versions of ExTiX Linux Live CD/DVD includes the 2.6.32-5 kernel by default, LXDE/KDE, AbiWord/OpenOffice, all development tools, GIMP, Skype (Free Internet Telephony), all win32-codecs, Vlc, GParted, Iceweasel (Firefox), Icedove (Thunderbird) and Synaptic Package Manager.

New in version 7.0 (July 14th, 2009)

  • This new version of ExTiX Linux Live DVD includes the 2.6.30 -extix kernel by default, Gnome 2.26.1, OpenOffice.org 3.0.1-2, all development tools, GIMP 2.6.6, Skype 2.0.0.72 (Free Internet Telephony), Apache (Web Server), all win32-codecs, Vlc 1.0.0, GParted 1.3.6, aMule 2.2.2 (file sharing), Firefox 3.0.11, Wine 1.1.20, GNU Emacs 22.3.1 and the Gnome Web Browser Epiphany 2.26.1. UnionFS stacks your ExTiX ramdisk on top of the read-only filesystem on the DVD, the effect being that you can upkg-install, and otherwise modify all of the files on the running system as though they were all writeable. The standard Gnome and System language is English. You can, however, easily change language and keyboard layout to Swedish during upstart of the system from the DVD.