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About DebEX Barebone, DebEX Gnome and DebEX KDE Linux 64 bit

All three systems/distros are a based on Debian Jessie (upcoming Debian 8). There are also certain elements of Debian Sid (unstable). Xfce 4.10.1 is used as Desktop environment in DebEX Barebone. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. Gnome 3.14 is used in DebEX Gnome. KDE 4.14.2 is used in DebEX KDE. DebEX Barebone uses the original Debian kernel 3.14.2-amd64 (equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.14.2. DebEX Gnome uses the original Debian kernel 3.16.3-amd64 (equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.16.3). DebEX KDE uses "my" special kernel 3.18.0-7-exton equivalent to Kernel.org’s stable kernel 3.18. The system language is English (in all three versions of DebEX).

NEWS 141216

I have made a new version of DebEX KDE Live DVD. It 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. Study the full package list.

NEWS 141014

I have made a new extra version of DebEX, which I call DebEX Gnome Live DVD. It's a pure Debian system. It uses Gnome 3.14 and Mate 1.8.2 as Desktop environments. Gnome 3.14 is winning back disillusioned Linux users...

NEWS 140819
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 140819. DebEX Barebone can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (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 DebEX from RAM. Furthermore I have installed Pacapt - see below.

DebEX Barebone uses kernel 3.14.2-amd64. DebEX Gnome uses kernel 3.16.3-amd64 and DebEX KDE uses kernel 3.18.0-7-exton.

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. In my new extra version of DebEX from 141014 (DebEX Gnome) I have removed Xfce4 and installed Gnome 3.14 and Mate 1.8.1 instead. In version 141216 of DebEX I have added all common KDE packages and removed Xfce4. All programs have been updated to the latest available version as of August 19, 2014, October 14, 2014 respectively December 16, 2014.
I will give you the pleasure of installing all extra packages YOU need after a hard disk installation of DebEX Barebone/Gnome/KDE. 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 2 - Persistent. If you have plenty of RAM you can even install big programs (such as LibreOffice) while running the systems live. Note: There is no Persistent alternative in DebEX Gnome.

Software management
DebEX (all three versions) uses Apt (apt-get) and Synaptic. I have also installed Pacapt (an Arch's pacman-like package manager). It works extremely well. Available commands: pacapt -h. For example: pacapt -S libreoffice installs LibreOffice.

Wireless connections
NOTE: In version 140819 and 141216 of DebEX 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. Note: DebEX Gnome uses NetworkManager. It works extremely well.

LOGIN and passwords

After booting up DebEX Barebone from DVD/USB stick you'll end up at LightDM's login screen. Log in to Xfce4 as root. The password for root is root. During the installation of DebEX to hard disk you'll get the chance to create your own ordinary user. After booting up DebEX KDE you'll end up in X/KDE 4.14.2 as the ordinary user user. The password for root is root. The password for user is live. When logged in as user you can use Sudo to become root. (Command: sudo su). Or better: Use GKsu. Command (example): gksu dolphin. Note: After a hard drive installation of DebEX you can still log in to Xfce4, Gnome respectively KDE as root. The password for root will be the password you have choosen for your own user during the installation of DebEX. Note: As regards DebEX Gnome you can only log in to Gnome 3.14 and Mate 1.8.2 as root. The password is root. After a hard drive installation you can still only log in as root. The password for root will be the password you have choosen for your own user during the installation of DebEX. You'll have to manually create your own ordinary user (if you don't want to run DebEX as root). This is done with the command adduser MyUserName. NOTE: If you want to run DebEX KDE (version 141216) as root you'll have to leave X/KDE by pressing Ctrl Alt F1. Log in as root with password root. Then run startx to enter X/KDE again.

About Nvidia's proprietary graphic driver 340.65 in DebEX KDE version 141216
If you can and want to use said driver you'll have to leave X/KDE by pressing Ctrl Alt F1. Log in as root with password root. Then run the command nvidia-xconfig (to create /etc/X11/xorg.conf). Then run startx to enter X/KDE again. You will notice a big difference if you have the right (modern/new) Nvidia card.

Install DebEX to hard drive

It's now very easy to install DebEX (all three versions) to hard drive. Just start DebEX Installer and follow the installer instructions. You'll have to use Boot alternative 1 -live 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. When the installation of DebEX KDE is ready you will see this error message. Never mind. Everything is ok.

Transfer/Install DebEX Barebone/Gnome/KDE to a USB stick


Rolling distribution
Debian Jessie/DebEX are rolling distributions, which implies that once you have installed the system on the hard drive there is no need for re-installations (which otherwise is common in the Linux world). This means, for example, that you can go on and install Gnome 3.14 or/and KDE 4.14.3 in DebEX Barebone/KDE. I.e. the latest versions (as of 141216) of Gnome and KDE.

The DebEx Barebone ISO file (debex-barebone-64bit-xfce4-1040mb-140819.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society.

The DebEx Gnome ISO file (debex-gnome314-64bit-1290mb-141014.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society.

The DebEx KDE ISO file (debex-64bit-kde142-isoh-persistent-1260mb-141216.iso) can also be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society.

DebEX Barebone, DebEX Gnome and DebEX KDE 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 1040 MB.


md5sum for DebEX Gnome ISO, which is of 1290 MB.

md5sum for DebEX KDE ISO, which is of 1260 MB.



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

Exton|OS 64bit Linux Live DVD/CD » version 141117 and 141007 based on Ubuntu 14.10 and Debian Jessie with Mate 1.8.1/Openbox 3.5.2 and kernel 3.16.0-21-exton

ExTiX 14.2 64bit » version 141019 and 141024 based on Debian Jessie/Ubuntu 14.10 with Razor-qt 0.5.2 respectively Gnome 3.14 and kernel 3.16.0-21-exton

MeX 64bit Linux » version 140917 based on Linux Mint 17 Qiana with Cinnamon 2.2 and kernel 3.16.0-15-exton

LFA (Linux For All) 14.10 64bit DVD » version 141120 based on Ubuntu 14.10 with Unity, three (3) other Desktop Environments and kernel 3.16.0-21-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 141104 based on Ubuntu 14.10 with Enlightenment 0.19 and kernel 3.16.0-21-exton

ArchEX Linux Dual boot 64bit/32bit Linux Live DVD » version 141031 based on Arch Linux with kernel 3.17.1-1-ARCH and LXDE

CruxEX 3.1 64bit 2014 Linux Live USB » version 141017 based on CRUX 3.1 with LXDE and kernel 3.17.1-x86_64-cruxex


SlackEX 64bit Live DVD » version 140831 based on Slackware 14.1 with KDE 4.10.5 and kernel 3.16.1-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 140615 with six (6) different mini Linux Systems

exGENT Linux Live DVD 64bit/32bit » version 141130 and 141205 based on Gentoo with Xfce4 respectively LXDE and genkernel 3.17.4-gentoo-exton/3.16.5-gentoo-exton

PuppEX Tahr Linux Live CD 32bit » version 141209 based on Puppy Linux Tahr 6.0 with kernel 3.17.6-puppex

DebEX Barebone/Gnome/KDE 64bit Live DVD » version 140819, 141014 and 141216 based on Debian Jessie with Xfce 4.10.1, Gnome 3.14 respectively KDE 4.14.2 and kernel 3.14.2-amd64, 3.16.3-amd64 respectively 3.18.0-7-exton






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Screenshot of the Boot menu

of the Xfce4 Desktop in version 140819 of DebEX Barebone

Screenshot of the Gnome Desktop in version 141014 of DebEX Gnome

Screenshot of the Mate Desktop in version 141014 of DebEX Gnome

Screenshot of the KDE Desktop in version 141216 of DebEX KDE - pic1

Screenshot of the KDE Desktop in version 141216 of DebEX KDE - pic2

Screenshot of the KDE Desktop in version 141216 of DebEX KDE - pic3

Screenshot showing how Alsamixer should be set

Screenshot showing how to mount partitions running Thunar

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/KDE 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 up on the Desktop to the right. In version 141216 (KDE) the icon is down to the right.