Version 140317, 13.10, 64 bit, with Mate and four other Desktop Environments
The system is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.10 - codenamed Saucy Salamander, released on October 17, 2013. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity 7.1 (Ubuntu). I have added LXDE, Mate 1.6.0, Razor-qt 0.4.1 and XBMC 12.0 (An award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media) as alternatives, so that everyone on the spot (during live operation) can compare the different five Desktop Environments. The system language is ENGLISH.
News about LFA version 140317
1. The LFA 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 LFA 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.
2. Another big improvement is that LFA now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (Copy to RAM). It will look like this. 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 LFA that way.
3. LFA is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 140317. To make it possible to run LFA from RAM I have uninstalled three big packages; LibreOffice, Google Earth and Google Chrome.
4. Kernel 3.13.0-6-exton is replaced by kernel 3.13.0-17-exton.
I have also replaced Ubuntu’s installation program Ubiquity with LFA Live Installer, which is a clone of Debian Live Installer. The installation to hard drive is now so simple that a 10 year old child can do it. Watch a SLIDESHOW of the hard drive installation process.
Program content etc
Among many other programs AbiWord, Firefox, Skype, Thunderbird, Vlc, Blechbit, Xsane, Gecko-Mediaplayer, Acetoneiso, Audacity, Minitube, Clementine, Xchat, Pidgin och Teamviewer and win32 codecs. In addition, java, flash and all necessary additions in order to install programs from source. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of Mars 17, 2014. See a complete list of all installed packages.
My special kernel 3.13.0-17-exton corresponding Kernel.org's stable kernel 3.13.6, released 140307. The original Ubuntu kernel is 3.11.
Feature OVERVIEW for the Linux 3.13 kernel
Differences: Ubuntu 13.10 and LFA 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 (which I have done in this case), but always to a "better" one with even more native support for various hardware etc.
Passwords and login
As in Ubuntu original there is no password for root (superuser) or lfa (normal user). When you start up LFA from disc (DVD) you will end up at LightDM's login screen. Just log in as Live Session User (lfa) to the Desktop environment you prefer. It will look like this - see below. (You can't log in as root). Note: Be sure to choose a Desktop environment before you log in.
Installation to hard drive
Note that you in advance (just in case) should create a partition of at least 8 GB for LFA 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 LFA Live Installer in LFA is otherwise “intuitive”. Choose manual partitioning and select the partition you created in advance for installation. You’ll find the installation program under Applications >> System Tools >> Install LFA. The installation to hard drive is now so simple that a 10 year old child can do it. Watch a SLIDESHOW of the hard drive installation process. NOTE: You should format your intended installation partition in advance. You can use GParted for that.
You should use UNetbootin in Windows or Linux. See a picture how it looks before the installation starts in Windows 8.1. NOTE: You must replace syslinux.cfg in the root of the stick with this file (to enjoy persistence and to be able to run LFA from RAM). There's other ways to do it, but using UNetbootin is the best/safest way. However, if you want to install LFA to harddisk you will have to run the system from a dvd during installation. If you use Startup Disk Creator in Linux to transfer LFA to USB it is possible to install LFA to harddisk later on from the USB stick. You can also use two special scripts to perform a USB installation. NOTE: Please read my INSTRUCTION about the best way to perform a USB installation.
Repositories and software management
LFA is totally compatible with Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander and therefore uses Ubuntu’s repositories. After a hard drive install of LFA you can go ahead an install any extra software you like and also upgrade the whole system. After running the command apt-get update you should use Synaptic Package Manager. NOTE: If you want to add new extra repositories with a command (for example: apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports) you’ll have to change the first line in /etc/lsb-release to “DISTRIB_ID Ubuntu”.
The ISO file (lfa-64bit-13.10-1660mb-140317.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society's server.
LFA can also be downloaded from Sourceforge.net - Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software director.
md5sum for LFA ISO which is of 1660 MB.
Other EXTON Linux Live CD/DVD's in English you may like
Exton|OS 64bit Linux Live DVD » version 140312 based on upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 and Debian Jessie with Mate 1.6.2 and kernel 3.13.0-17-exton
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
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EXTON distributions: The number of Exton distributions have 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.
UPGRADE everything to the latest VERSION
If you install LFA to hard disk you will always get the latest package versions if you run the following commands: sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get upgrade.
ABOUT wireless configurations
Use Network Manager to configure your wireless network. It works perfect.