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exGENT (Gentoo) 64bit/32bit Linux Live DVD - three versions
I've made yet a new version (140212) of exGENT 2014. Now with Gnome 3.10. It is for the 32 bit architecture. I call it exGENT 2014 Gnome Live DVD. It replaces version 20130423 of exGENT, which had Cinnamon as Desktop environment. Cinnamon is no longer “needed” since Gnome version 3.10 has everything that Cinnamon has (and more). Version 140212 of exGENT uses kernel 3.13.2. (The latest stable kernel).
I've made yet a new version (20140210) of exGENT 2014. This time for the 32 bit architecture. The new version (140210 of 1080 MB) uses LXDE as Desktop environment (as my previous 64 bit version from 140207). All installed packages in exGENT have been updated to the latest available version by 140210.
I've made yet a new version (20140207) of exGENT 2014. This time for the 64 bit architecture. The new version (140207 of 1090 MB) uses LXDE as Desktop environment. Used kernel: 3.13.1-gentoo-exton. Kernel 3.13.1 is the second latest stable kernel available from Kernel.org. All installed packages in exGENT have been updated to the latest available version by 140207.
The best thing with exGENT is the premier autodetection of hardware and the ability to easily install the system to hard drive during a live session. Installed programs: Among many others GParted, Firefox, Thunderbird, SMplayer, AbiWord and Wicd. Furthermore compilation tools so that you can install programs from source the Gentoo way. (After the installation to hard drive). See a complete program LIST (version 140207 - 64bit and version 140212 - 32bit).
The predecessor to exGENT, Exton-Gentoo, was built completely from scratch. I.e. all its programs were compiled from source. As for exGENT version 111019 I did "cheat" a bit. I.e. exGENT version 111019 was based on another Gentoo-based distribution, but I changed (almost) everything. The changes were so great that virtually nothing was left of the original distribution. In exGENT version 120814, 130215, 130318, 130415, 130423, 130926, 131017, 131028, 131129, 140207, 140210 and 140212 I'm back to buildning from source.
Quick install to Hard Drive
exGENT Linux can be installed to hard drive in 3 - 10 min. (Depending on computer type). This means that all of you who might hesitate to perform a normal Gentoo installation - which can take up to a couple of days - now have the chance to get this great Linux system (Gentoo) installed on your computers very easy. Read below on how the installation works.
UPGRADE the System
The exGENT System (version 140212, 140210 and 140207) is in very good shape, since I, without problems, have been able to update the whole system with the following commands:
# emerge --ask --update --newuse --deep --with-bdeps=y @world
# emerge --depclean
Gentoo/exGENT is a rolling distribution, 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).
The default language (locale) is set to English.
The default keyboard layout is American (us). Change it by running the command setxkbmap se (for Sweden).
Normally X is configured automatically during startup from the disc (dvd). On one of my computers with an Nvidia card (GeForce GTX 550 Ti) I had to change the boot line to look like this:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz real_root=/dev/loop0 looptype=squashfs loop=/livecd.squashfs initrd nomodeset udev nodevfs cdroot
Install exGENT to hard drive
Please read this INSTRUCTION.
Install exGENT to an USB stick
Please read this INSTRUCTION. This is done in the same way as a hard drive installation.
Login to Gnome or LXDE
When you start up from the dvd you will end up in console mode. Login as root with password root. Then run startx to enter Gnome or LXDE.
GO FOR IT!
You'll run exGENT super fast in RAM. The launch from the dvd becomes a little slow, but then... A wonderful way to run Linux if you have enough RAM. You'll need at least 2 GB.
Who is exGENT/Gentoo for?
Experienced Linux users or those who really want to learn Linux.
See a screenshot of the Gnome or LXDE Desktops.
exGENT Linux version 140212, 140210 and140207 and can be downloaded from Sourceforge.net - Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.
ALTERNATIVE DOWNLOAD location
The Swedish Linux Society
md5sum for version 140212 - 32 bit - of 1260 MB
md5sum for version 140210 - 32 bit - of 1080 MB
md5sum for version 140207 - 64 bit - of 1090 MB