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About DebEX Barebone Linux 64 bit

The system is a based on Debian Jessie (upcoming Debian 8). There are also certain elements of Debian Sid (unstable). LXDE is used as Desktop environment. "The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment". DebEX Barebone uses the original Debian kernel 3.13.1-amd64. The system language is English.

NEWS 140227
The DebEX Barebone ISO is now a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred to a USB pen drive. You can then even run DebEX Barebone from the USB stick and save all your system changes on the stick. I.e. you will enjoy persistence! Read this INSTRUCTION. NetworkManager has been removed. It doesn't go together with Wicd when it comes to configuring wireless networks. I've added the applications GParted (partition editor), AbiWord, Icedove (Thunderbird) and AlsaPlayer. Study the full PACKAGE LIST of 140227. The biggest improvement in version 140227 of DebEX Barebone is that DebEX Installer now work flawlessly. Another big improvement is that DebEX Barebone now 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 1024 MB RAM to run from RAM.

DebEX Barebone Jessie uses kernel 3.13.1-amd64.

Program content etc

As the name suggests, DebEX Barebone has only a minimum of software installed in advance. Among them AbiWord, LXTerminal, PCManFM, Leafpad, Wicd, Iceweasel (Firefox), Icedove (Thunderbird), GParted, AlsaPlayer and Synaptic. All programs have been updated to the latest available version as of February 27, 2014.
I will give you the pleasure of installing all extra packages YOU need after a hard disk installation of DebEX Barebone. Use Synaptic for that. You can of course also install new packages while running the system live (from CD/USB stick), but nothing will be saved after a reboot. Unless you have followed my USB Install Instruction and use Boot alternative 1 - Persistent. If you have plenty of RAM you can even install big programs (such as LibreOffice) while running the system live.

Wireless connections
NOTE: My first version of DebEX Barebone is from 130110. In version 140227 I have replaced NetworkManager with Wicd to make it easier to configure wireless connections. Now just start up Wicd Client. Give your WEP/WAP password and connect. That's it! Maybe you will have to change your network interfaces (eth0, wlan0) to for example eth1 and wlan1 in Wicd's Preferences and click on the button Refresh before you can connect. It can then look like this.

LOGIN and passwords

After booting up from DVD/USB stick you'll end up in LXDE as the normal user user. If you log out from LXDE you can log in to LXDE as root if you want (from LightDM's login screen). The password for root is root. The password for user is live. You can use Sudo to become root (when logged in as user). Command: sudo su. After a hard drive installation you can log in to LXDE as root using your own user password.

Install DebEX Barebone to hard drive
It's now very easy to install DebEX Barebone to hard drive. Just click on the Desktop icon "Install DebEX" and follow the installer instructions. You'll have to use Boot alternative 1 - Persistent then. See this screenshot. You can (if you want) use Grub2 as boot loader. If you already are using Grub2 or Grub Legacy as bootloader you can skip this part of the installation. Watch a SLIDESHOW of the installation process. The installation is so simple that a 10 year old child can do it.

Transfer/Install DebEX Barebone to a USB stick


The ISO file (debex-barebone-64bit-jessie-isohybrid-persistent-978mb-140227.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society.

DebEX Barebone Linux Live DVD can also be downloaded from Sourceforge.net - Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.

md5sum for DebEX Barebone ISO, which is of 978 MB.



Other EXTON Linux Live CD/DVD's in English you may like

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ExTiX 14.1 64bit » version 140423 based on Debian/Ubuntu 14.04 with Gnome 3.10 and kernel 3.13.0-24-exton

MeX 64bit Linux » version 140301 based on Linux Mint 16 Petra with Cinnamon 2.0 and kernel 3.13.0-5-exton

LFA (Linux For All) 13.10 64bit DVD » version 140317 based on Ubuntu 13.10 with Mate, four (4) other Desktop Environments and kernel 3.13.0-17-exton


EXTON OpSuS 13.1 Mini/Gnome/KDE Linux live USB » version 140119, 140117 respectively 131124 based on openSUSE 13.1 with Fluxbox/Gnome 3.10/KDE 4.11.3 Desktop environments. Coming as IMAGE files for direct installation on a USB pen drive

ExLight Live DVD 64bit » version 140224 based on Ubuntu 14.04 with Enlightenment 0.17.3 and kernel 3.13.0-9-exton

ArchEX Linux Dual boot 64bit/32bit Linux Live DVD » version 131206 based on Arch Linux with kernel 3.12.3-1-ARCH and LXDE

CruxEX 3.0 64bit 2014 Linux Live USB » version 140321 based on CRUX 3.0 with LXDE and kernel 3.13.6-cruxex


SlackEX 64bit Live DVD » version 140411 based on Slackware 14.1 with KDE 4.10.5 and kernel 3.14-x86_64-exton

Exton|Defender Linux Super Rescue System version 140407 - 64 bit - based on Fedora 20 with Cinnamon 2.0.14, version 140403 - 32bit - based on Mageia 4 with LXDE and version 140410 - 64bit - based on Slackware 14.1 with Xfce 4.10


EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS » version 131115 with six (6) different mini Linux Systems

exGENT Linux Live DVD 64bit » version 140207 based on Gentoo with LXDE and genkernel 3.13.1-gentoo-exton

PuppEX 14.1 Linux Live CD 32bit » version 131212 based on Puppy Linux Slacko 5.6 with LXDE and kernel 3.10.5

DebEX Barebone 64bit Live DVD » version 140227 based on Debian Jessie with LXDE and kernel 3.13.1-amd64






Other considerations »

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Screenshot of the Boot menu

of the LXDE Desktop

Screenshot showing how Alsamixer should be set

Screenshot showing how to mount partitions running PCManFM

EXTON distributions: The number of Exton distributions has decreased from 66 (all time high in June 2011) to 14. See a complete LIST. It was a bit too much for me to keep 66 distributions up to date. All Exton distributions on the Swedish Linux Society's FTP Server can be reached HERE. All exton distributions in English (English locale) can also be dowloaded from SourceForge.net.

If you install DebEX Barebone to hard disk you will always get the latest Debian packages if you run the following commands: sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get upgrade.

ABOUT wireless configurations
Use Wicd to configure your wireless network. See the small icon below on the Desktop to the right.