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Exton|Defender SRS is a Linux system available as a Live DVD based on Rawhide (upcoming Fedora 33), 64bit - version 200623 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 be installed to hard drive if you want. Desktop environment: Cinnamon 4.6.4.

 

System Tools included

NTFS-3g, GParted, PartImage, Shred, Sfdisk (util-linux-ng), Rsync, Ddrescue, FSArchiver, TestDisk and Midnight Commander. Other programs (among many others): NetworkManager, Firefox, Thunderbird, Samba, Emacs, Safecopy, kernel headers and many compilation tools. See a complete LIST of all installed packages 200623. (Exton|Defender version 200623).

 

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NEWS 200623 re. Exton|Defender fc33 (Rawhide upcoming Fedora 33 )

I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64 bit. Now based on upcoming Fedora 33. It uses Cinnamon 4.6.4 and kernel 5.8-rc1.


About Fedora
Please read this overview.

 

Passwords
In version 200623 (Fedora 33) there is no password for liveuser and root. Just login to Cinnamon as liveuser and/or root without any password.  (You will be automatically logged in to Cinnamon as liveuser).

Configuring X
X is auto-configured during the boot from the USB stick/DVD.

Default language
The default language (locale) is set to English.

Sudo
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. Read HERE about how Sudo works. When logged in as liveuser in the Fedora version from 190121 just run the command su to become root. (You can also use sudo su).

Install Google Chrome (for Netflix)
You can't  run Netflix in Firefox. For that you'll need Google Chrome. Read this INSTRUCTION. You can install Google Chrome even while running Exton|Defender live. Just run the command sudo dnf install google-chrome-stable.

DNF - Fedora Package Management
DNF is a software package manager that installs, updates, and removes packages on RPM-based Linux distributions. Used by Fedora. Basically you'll only need two commands: dnf update and dnf install MyGreatProgram. Read more about DNF...

The ISO-file is of 2260 MB.

INSTALL Exton|Defender - FC33 (version 200623) on a USB stick of at least 4 GB
Use Rufus in Windows. Watch this screenshot. You can also use Etcher. No persistence though.

Installation to a USB stick in Linux - no persistence
Use the following commands as root.
1. isohybrid exton-defender-fc33-64bit-cinnamon-2260mb-200623.iso
2. cp exton-defender-fc33-64bit-cinnamon-2260mb-200623.iso /dev/sdX (X can be /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc or....Check it carefully first so you don't lose data)
3. sync

Installation to a USB stick in Fedora or Ubuntu - with persistence!

Use the following command as root in Fedora:
time livecd-iso-to-disk --overlay-size-mb 2048 $EFI --format --reset-mbr exton-defender-fc33-64bit-cinnamon-2260mb-200623.iso /dev/sdX - screenshot when the command is running.
NOTE 1: Change X to b, d, e or... Check it carefully to avoid data losses. You must use the whole stick (for example /dev/sdb) not a partition (for example /dev/sdb1).
NOTE 2: After a few changes you can also use the above command also in Ubuntu. Read more about it... and see also below.
NOTE 3: The above command is the only one that actually works. And you can't use Fedora Media Writer (or any other program with a GUI (if you want persistence).
NOTE 4: If you don't have an installed Fedora system on your computer you can run Exton|Defender from a DVD and install to a USB stick using the command above. Or run Exton|Defender from one USB stick and install to another USB stick.
NOTE 5: Exton|Defender/Fedora won't run on ALL computers from a USB stick when installed this way. 


About installing to a USB stick in Ubuntu

As you can see on the website I'm referring to above you'll have to fetch and install certain packages. I.e. download livecd-tools and install cryptsetup-bin. You must also install syslinux with sudo apt install syslinux. Furthermore you must place four files in /usr/share/syslinux. Namely ldlinux.c32, libcom32.c32, libutil.c32 and mbr.bin. You can download a zipped folder with said files here. Unzip and move the folder syslinux to /usr/share. You must also copy the file mbr.bin to /usr/bin. Then insert a pre-formatted USB stick and run the following commands: 1) cd livecd-tools-master/tools
2) time ./livecd-iso-to-disk --overlay-size-mb 3072 $EFI --format --reset-mbr exton-defender-fc33-64bit-cinnamon-2260mb-200623.iso /dev/sdX - watch a screenshot when said command is executed.
NOTE: Change X to b, d, e or... Check it carefully to avoid data losses. You must use the whole stick (for example /dev/sdb) not a partition (for example /dev/sdb1).


Running Exton|Defender from a USB stick

It works very well. You can (of course) install new packages and upgrade the whole Rawhide system. For that you can use the command line (example: sudo dnf install gimp) or dnfdragora ("a dnf frontend"). Watch a screenshot when dnfdragora is running. NOTE: When upgrading the system be sure not to upgrade the kernel and kernel headers. If you do the USB stick will be made unbootable.

INSTALL Exton|Defender - FC33 (version 200623) to hard drive

Use Anaconda (Fedora's installer). Please read this INSTRUCTION. You can (if you want) use Grub2 as boot loader. IMPORTANT NOTE: Since this Defender Build is based on an unstable version of Fedora I must strongly discourage you from installing Exton|Defender on a computer where you already have other Linux systems (and perhaps Windows installed). You may mess up your current (working) boot loader. So if you want persistence install Exton|Defender to a USB stick the way I describe above. It is a much safer alternative!

CONFIGURING X
X is auto-configured during the boot from the DVD disc or your USB stick. If not you'll end up in console mode. Run the command sudo X -configure followed by sudo mv xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Then run startx. When running Exton|Defender on one of my computers with an Nvidia card I had to start in "basic graphics mode". I.e. VESA. When automatically logged in to Cinnamon I pressed Ctrl Alt F3 and thus went into console mode. Then I ran the command init 1 to leave X. After that I could successfully run the above mentioned commands and re-enter Cinnamon with the command startx. The driver Nouveau was used!


SCREENSHOTS
Screenshot 1 of Exton|Defender´s Cinnamon 4.6.4 Desktop
Screenshot 2 - Installation of Google Chrome
Screenshot 3 - Netflix is running


Download

Exton|Defender can be downloaded from SourceForge.net - Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory » DOWNLOAD

md5sum file for the Exton|Defender version 200623 (Fedora 33) ISO file of 2260 MB


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Fedora 32/33 is at least as "good" as Ubuntu 20.04/Linux Mint and/or OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. I think. Tell me what you think of Exton|Defender SRS in combination with the Cinnamon Desktop. Did you find the included Rescue System Tools useful?


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– latest is RaspAnd 11 (without GAPPS) and RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 (with GAPPS)!



 

 

 

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» version 190912 and 200301 with GAPPS (Google Play Store etc), Aurora Store, F-Droid and Netflix


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AndEX (Android-x86_64) 6.0.1 Marshmallow Live DVD
» version 170923 with GAPPS pre-installed and the Netflix app working


AndEX (Android-x86) 5.1.1 Lollipop Live CD
» version 160215 with “my special” kernel 4.4.0-exton-android-x86 and GAPPS pre-installed


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RaspArch
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exGENT Rpi4
for Raspberry Pi 4 » version 200410 is a full Gentoo/Linux Desktop system with LXDE. When you have installed exGENT Rpi4 your Micro SD Card you can use the system like any other Gentoo system 


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» KNOPPIX-EXTON 32 bit, Build 191211 – a remaster of KNOPPIX 8.6.1 – will bring your old computer back to life included

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