ABOUT MeX Linux 64 bit LINUX Live DVD build 170501
NEWS/CHANGES 170501 in Mex Linux
MeX is no longer based on Linux Mint. Only on Debian 8.7 and Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS. I have replaced the original kernel with "my" special kernel 4.10.0-19-exton equivalent to Kernel.orgs stable kernel 4.10.8. All packages in MeX Linux have been upgraded to the latest version by 170501. This version of MeX uses Cinnamon 3.2.8. Linux Mint 18.1 also uses Cinnamon 3.2.8 as Desktop environment - https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_sarah_cinnamon_whatsnew.php
MORE MeX NEWS 170501
1. The MeX ISO is now a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive.
2. Another big improvement is that MeX now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 5 (load to RAM). When the system has booted up you can eject the disc (DVD) or USB stick. You'll need at least 2 GB RAM to run MeX that way. The ISO file is of only 980 MB so MeX will run superfast from RAM!
3. I have replaced Google Chrome with Firefox. Google Chrome is no longer needed to be able to run Netflix in Linux.
4. The best thing with the new Mex build - Create your own installable Ubuntu Live DVD with Refracta tools (pre-installed)! The whole "remasterprocess" is so simple that a 10 year old child can do it.
WHY NOT Ubuntu 17.04?
Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Long Term Support) is supported by Ubuntu until April 2021. Ubuntu 16.10 is supported until July 2017 and Ubuntu 17.04 until January 2018.
IMPORTANT about Refracta
You can use the Refracta tools (pre-installed in MeX Build 170501) to create your own installable Ubuntu Live DVD once you have installed MeX to hard drive. I mean change everything and then create a whole new Ubuntu live system. You dont even have to install MeX to hard drive before you can use the Refracta tools. If you have plenty of RAM you can create a new (your own!) Ubuntu system while running MeX from DVD or a USB stick. Please note that the whole Refracta process (creating your new ISO) will only take 5 10 min! You can then install VirtualBox in MeX so you can test run your own created new Ubuntu ISO. Or do it in Windows. Btw: You can do the whole thing in VirtualBox. I mean install MeX in VirtualBox, change everything, create a new Ubuntu system using Refracta tools and transfer your new ISO to your server with FileZilla (sudo apt-get install filezilla).
Used KERNEL (4.10.0-19-exton)
The best thing with kernel 4.10 is that it has better support for the open-source Nvidia driver Nouveau than any other older kernel.
MeX uses Cinnamon 3.2.8, developed by the Linux Mint team.
The system language is ENGLISH.
PASSWORD and login
The password for root is root. The password for the ordinary user live is live. When you start up MeX from the live dvd/USB stick you will end up at Slim's login screen. Log in to Cinnamon 3.2.8 as root with password root or as the ordinary user live with the password live. After a hard drive installation you can still log in to Cinnamon as root from Slim's login screen (if you want to). During the installation process (using Refracta Installer) you'll get the chance to create your own ordinary user.
PROGRAM content etc.
To make it possible to run MeX from RAM I have kept down the number of installed packages. The MeX ISO file is of 980 MB! All packages have been updated to the latest available stable version as of May 1, 2017.
INSTALLATION to hard drive
Note that you in advance (just in case) should create a partition of at least 6 GB for MeX and a SWAP space double the size of your computer's RAM. I.e. 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 MeX (Refracta Installer) is otherwise "intuitive". Choose manual partitioning and select the partition you created in advance for installation.
You can use UNetbootin in Windows or Linux. There's other ways to do it, but using UNetbootin is the best/safest way. I.e. if you want to do it in Windows. One file has to be replaced though - see http://mex.exton.net and http://mex.exton.net/mex-usb-persistent/
ABOUT NetworkManager and WIRELESS configurations
Use NetworkManager to configure your wireless network. It works perfect.
UPGRADE Cinnamon and other packages
If you install MeX Linux to hard drive you will always get the latest package versions if you run the following commands: "sudo apt-get update" then "sudo apt-get upgrade".
Read my instruction: http://mex.exton.net/mex-usb-persistent/
(About the best way to perform a USB installation).
ALTERNATIVE DOWNLOAD LOCATION
Almost all exton Linux distributions (16) can be downloaded from The Swedish Linux Society server: ftp://ftp.svenskalinuxforeningen.se/distributions/exton/
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