About Exton|Defender SRS (in three versions)
Exton|Defender SRS is a Linux system available as a bootable USB stick (Slackware 14.1, 64bit - version 131203) and Live DVD (Fedora 19, 64bit - version 130726 and 130728) for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash. Exton|Defender aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the hard disk partitions. It comes with a lot of Linux software such as system tools and basic tools (editors, Midnight Commander, network tools). Exton|Defender can, however, also be used as a normal Linux Desktop System. It requires no hard drive installation, but can easily be installed to hard drive if you want. Desktop environments: Xfce 4.10 in version 131203, Mate 1.6.1 in version 130726 and Cinnamon 1.9.1 in version 130728.
System Tools included
NTFS-3g, GParted 0.16.0, PartImage 0.6.9, Shred 8.19, Sfdisk (util-linux-ng 2.21.2), Rsync 3.0.9, Ddrescue 1.16, FSArchiver 0.6.12, TestDisk 6.13 and Midnight Commander 4.8.4. Other programs (among many others): LibreOffice, NetworkManager, Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, Samba, Java (JDK 7u9) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE), Emacs, Safecopy 1.7, kernel headers (Fedora 19) and many compilation tools. See a complete LIST of all installed packages 131203 (Slackware version), 130726 (Fedora version) and 130728 (Fedora version).
Slackware is the first widely-used Linux system, which is still developing. Slackware has existed since 1993. In comparison with for example Ubuntu and Linux Mint, many people believe that Slackware is "difficult". Any novice can quickly learn to use Ubuntu they say. My remaster Exton|Defender 14.0 is however just as easy to use as Ubuntu and/or Linux Mint. Some tend to complain that the Program Management in Slackware is awkward. That was perhaps earlier the case, but not anymore. Now we have the Application Managers Slackpkg, Sbopkg and GSlapt - a GTK version of slapt-get. They are a piece of cake to use! All three Program Managers are preinstalled in Exton|Defender SRS. Users of Synaptic will feel at ease with GSlapt.
NEWS 131203 re. Exton|Defender based on Slackware 14.1
I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64 bit based on Slackware 14.1. It uses Xfce 4.10 and kernel 3.12.1-x8_64-exton.
NEWS 130728 about Exton|Defender fc19
I've made a new version of Exton|Defender 64bit based on Fedora 19. This time with the Cinnamon 1.9.1 Desktop environment and kernel 3.10.3 (latest, released 130725). Installed packages are otherwise the same as in version 130726.
NEWS 130726 about Exton|Defender fc19
I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64bit based on Fedora 19. I discovered yesterday (to my horror) that version 130721 (the first) had no support for Flash in Firefox, and that such assistance could not easily be installed. Fedora is restrictive with non-open source software. Flash is needed, for, among other things, if you want to use Youtube. In version 130726 I have also installed Vlc, version 2.0.7 and the necessary multimedia codecs. In order to do that, I have added extra software sources (repositories).
Please read this overview.
Special features in version 131203 of Exton|Defender
I have replaced Slackware´s 14.1 original kernel huge with kernel 3.12.1-x86_64-exton with support for "everything". Kernel 3.12.1 is the lastest available stable kernel for downloading from Kernel.org. All component software is upgraded to the latest version by now (20131203).
Note that Exton|Defender (Slackware version) shall/must be installed on a USB pen drive of at least 2 GB. Note also that, among other things, Exton|Defender 2014 can be seen as an alternative to Mandriva Flash (which costs 50 Euro).
The password for root (superuser) and live (normal user) is: root/live in the Slackware version 131203.
In version 130726 and 130728 (Fedora 19) there is no password for liveuser and root. Just login to Mate or Cinnamon as liveuser and/or root without any password.
X is auto-configured during the boot from the USB stick/DVD.
The default language (locale) is set to English.
Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Mint and many other so-called beginner distributions (and other Linux systems) use sudo to do something that requires root (superuser) privileges. There really is no need for a root password. "Examples of Command": sudo mkdir /usr/MyFiles. In version 131203 (Slackware) you can also directly become root with sudo su. Read HERE about how sudo works. I have installed the Sudo program in Exton|Defender 14.1. This means, among other things, that Linux users used to Ubuntu also can identify with Exton|Defender Slackware version). When logged in as liveuser in the Fedora versions from 130726 and 130728 just run the command su to become root.
The ZIP file (for "installing" to a USB stick) is of 1160 MB - Slackware version.
The ISO-files is of 1180 MB and 1100 MB - Fedora versions.
Installation of missing programs with Slackpkg, Sbopkg or GSlapt in version 131203
I have installed Slackpkg and Sbopkg. With Slackpkg/Sbopkg all software can easily be installed or uninstalled. The entire system can also be upgraded with Slackpkg. Command: slackpkg upgrade-all. Read more about how to use Slackpkg HERE. It is very easy/intuitive. Thus, installing a new program with the command slackpkg install MyNewProgram. With Sbopkg you can manage so-called Third-party programs. Read HERE about how to use Sbopkg. You can also run the command sbopkg -help as root to list all possible commands. The corresponding command is re. Slackpkg is slackpkg help. You can also use the Application Manager GSlapt - a GTK version of slapt-get. GSlapt works in the same way as Debian/Ubuntu's Synaptic. You can easily upgrade your entire system with GSlapt.
Installation of Exton|Defender (version 131203) on a USB pen drive of at least 2 GB
The installation is easiest to do in Windows XP/Vista/7/8. Follow these steps:
1. Format the USB stick with the file system FAT/FAT32. (Right click and select Format)
2. Unpack the downloaded ZIP file exton-defender-64bit-1160mb-131203.zip (with WinZip, WinRAR, 7-Zip or...). You will see that there is one folder called defender.
3. Copy the aforementioned folder defender to the USB stick.
4. Open up a command prompt as administrator (very important!) and make sure you are in G: (or the name your USB stick got on your computer).
5. Run the command cd defender/boot followed by bootinst.bat. This is because the USB stick must be made bootable. Important: Do not run the command when you are in the C:. (If you do then, Windows 8 - or whatever you have in your C drive - can not be started). If you get error messages when running the command bootinst.bat, you should not worry about them. Just click a few times on "Retry". If you still get an error message saying that the operation has failed, do not worry about that either. The USB stick is bootable if you followed the steps in paragraph 1-5 above.
6. Set the BIOS so your computer primarily will boot from USB HDD (or similar).
7. Restart the computer with the USB stick in place. (See also additional info on this page below).
NOTE: All system changes are PERSISTENT.
NOTE ALSO: It appears that not all USB sticks are suitable for topical purposes. I. e. they can not be made bootable. I myself have experience of brands Kingston DataTraveler, SanDisk Cruzer Micro and Sony Micro Vault. The first two works (for me). You may not use USB sticks of older model. They may work, but mostly bad. If you - after the installation of Exton|Defender to the USB stick - get different error messages when you try to run the system from the stick it is because the stick is not "good" enough.
INSTALL Exton|Defender (version 130726 and 130728) on a USB stick of at least 2 GB
Use Fedora LiveUSB-Creator in Windows. Works very good. All system changes are PERSISTENT.
INSTALL Exton|Defender (version 131203) to hard drive
Use this INSTRUCTION. You can (if you want) use Grub2 as boot loader.
INSTALL Exton|Defender - FC19 (version 130726 and 130728) to hard drive
Just use Anaconda (Fedora's installer). Please read this INSTRUCTION. You can (if you want) use Grub2 as boot loader.
Screenshot of Exton|Defender´s Xfce 4.10 Desktop
Screenshot of Exton|Defender´s Mate 1.6.1 Desktop
Screenshot of Exton|Defender´s Cinnamon 1.9.1 Desktop
The ZIP file (exton-defender-64bit-1160mb-131203.zip) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society server » DOWNLOAD
Exton|Defender (all three versions) can also be downloaded from Sourceforge.net - Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory » DOWNLOAD
NOTE: Version 130726 and version 130728 of Exton|Defender fc19 can only be downloaded from SourceForge.net..
md5sum file for the Exton|Defender version 131203 ZIP file
md5sum file for the Exton|Defender version 130726 ISO-file
md5sum file for the Exton|Defender version 130728 ISO-file
Slackware 14.1 and/or Fedora 19 is at least as "good" as Ubuntu 13.10/Linux Mint 16 and/or OpenSUSE 13. I think. Tell me what you think of Exton|Defender SRS in combination with Xfce 4.10, Mate 1.6.1 and/or Cinnamon 1.9.1. Did you find the included Rescue System Tools useful? I am also interested in hearing about how the save features in Exton|Defender (version 131203) works for you. They should normally cause no problem, but...
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LFA (Linux For All) 13.10 64bit DVD » version 131120 based on Ubuntu 13.10 with Mate, four (4) other Desktop Environments and kernel 3.12.0-2-exton
EXTON OpSuS 13.1 KDE Linux live USB » version 131124 based on openSUSE 13.1 with KDE 4.11.3 Desktop environment. Coming as an IMAGE file for direct installation on a USB pen drive
ExLight Live DVD 32bit » version 131104 based on Ubuntu 13.10 with Mate 1.6.0 and kernel 3.12.0-1-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 2013 Linux Live USB » version 131008 based on CRUX 3.0 with LXDE and kernel 3.11.4-x86_64-exton
SlackEX 64bit Live DVD » version 131111 based on Slackware 14.0 with KDE 4.10.5 and kernel 3.11.4-x86_64-exton
Exton|Defender Linux Super Rescue System » version 131203 - 64bit - and version 130728 and 130726 - 64bit - based on Slackware 14.1 with Xfce 4.10 and on Fedora 19 with Mate 1.6.1 or Cinnamon 1.9.1
EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS » version 131115 with six (6) different mini Linux Systems
exGENT Linux Live DVD 64bit » version 131129 based on Gentoo with LXDE and genkernel 3.12.1-gentoo-exton
PuppEX 2013 Linux Live CD 32bit » version 130227 based on Puppy Linux Slacko 5.4 with "my" extra kernel 3.7.9-exton
DebEX Barebone 64bit Live DVD » version 131024 based on Debian Jessie with LXDE and kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64
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Disclaimer: This is experimental software. Use at your own risk. Under no circumstances may C A Exton or exton.net be held liable for damage to hardware or software, lost data or other damage either direct or indirect caused by using this software.
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EXTON distributions: The number of Exton distributions has decreased from 66 (all time high in June 2011) to 16. 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. Thirteen (13) Exton distributions in English (English locale) can also be dowloaded from SourceForge.net.