About Exton Linux

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Almost all Exton Linux distributions are hosted by The Swedish Linux Society. Sixteen (16) exton distributions can also be downloaded from SourceForge.netFast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory

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Exton Linux is a Linux distribution developed by the Swedish developer Arne Exton. It is based on popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, Deepin, CRUX, Puppy Linux, Slackware, Arch Linux, OpenSUSE and Fedora, and it is designed to be lightweight, fast, and easy to use. Exton Linux comes with a pre-configured desktop environment and a set of pre-installed software packages, including web browsers, office suites, multimedia players, and development tools.

Exton Linux also includes various customization options, such as the ability to change the appearance of the desktop and install additional software packages. Exton Linux is available in several editions, each tailored to specific use cases, such as general-purpose computing, gaming, multimedia, and server applications.

Exton Linux is known for its focus on being lightweight and fast, making it a popular choice for users with older or less powerful hardware. It also includes several features that are not typically found in other Linux distributions, such as support for the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers.

One of the key benefits of Exton Linux is its ease of use. The desktop environment is designed to be intuitive and user-friendly, with easy access to commonly used applications and system settings. Additionally, Exton Linux is designed to be compatible with a wide range of hardware, making it easy to install and use on a variety of different devices.

Exton Linux is available for download from the Exton Linux website, and it can also be purchased on a pre-installed USB drive or DVD. The distribution is actively maintained and updated, with new releases typically being made available every few months.

Overall, Exton Linux is a flexible and user-friendly Linux distribution that offers a lightweight and fast computing experience, making it a popular choice for users looking to breathe new life into older hardware or simply looking for an alternative to traditional operating systems.

Exton Linux is available in several editions, including:
Exton OS: a general-purpose Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that includes the GNOME desktop environment and a wide range of pre-installed applications.
ExTiX: a Linux distribution based on Deepin and Debian.
– ArchEX: a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux with five different Desktop Environments. Among them Deepin and Gnome.
SlackEX: a Linux live distribution with Xfce4/KDE Plasma based on Slackware.
EXTON OpSuS: a Linux distribution based on openSUSE Tumbleweed with the Deepin DE and LXQt.
ExLight: a lightweight edition that includes the Enlightenment and LXQt desktop environments and a minimal set of pre-installed applications.
– exGENT: a Linux live distribution with LXQt based on Gentoo Linux.
– CruxEX: a Linux live distribution with LXDE based on CRUX.
– PuppEX Bookworm64/Jammy64/Slack64/Focal64: a Linux distribution based on Puppy Linux.
– LFS EXTON: a Linux live distribution based on Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch.

DebEX: a fork of the Debian Linux distribution that includes the Xfce desktop environment and a set of pre-configured system tools for customizing and creating your own Debian-based Linux distribution.
– RaspEX: a Linux distribution designed for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer that includes the lightweight and fast LXDE desktop environment and a range of pre-installed software packages.

Exton Linux is known for its customization options, allowing users to tailor the distribution to their specific needs and preferences. The distribution also includes support for a wide range of software packages, making it easy to install and use popular applications and tools on your Linux system.

Overall, Exton Linux is a versatile and user-friendly Linux distribution that is well-suited for a wide range of use cases, from general-purpose computing to specialized applications like Raspberry Pi development.

The Exton Linux logo is made by Rob Tomsick and modified by me. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

9 Responses to “About Exton Linux”

  1. Did you know your Swedish site you reference in all your documentation – http://www.extix.se – is down?

    Anyway thought i would drop you a message to say I had a lot of trouble installing the latest build of the KDE version (15.04) which i got from sourceforge. I have written up the problems I had which may well help you. It is a bit too long to write out here, but if you email me at the address above, I’ll send you my notes.

    I got it installed in the end but would not recommend the process I had to follow to a Linux newbie! Seems to be running well now so thanks for all you efforts.



  2. i also have had many problems trying to install.
    I am not a newbie, I currently am triple booting Linux Mint, Windows 10 and Mac OSX Yosemite.
    I have installed numerous Linux distributions with no problem, both from USB and DVDS.
    Your distro is much more complicated to install.
    Normally I use Unetbootin or similar and create the bootable USB stick. I then plug in the USB stick and reboot holding F12 to enter BIOS to select boot device. Very easy.
    This process does not work with your distro.
    I also burned your ISO to DVD and computer will not boot from it no matter what I try, and yes the ISO is on the DVDS along with all the files. Still no boot.
    Your process needs to be simplified. Remove persistence. Just give us a normal image to boot from using conventional methods.

    • You can use UNetbootin, but you’ll have to replace one file. Please read my USB install instructions.

      Install ExTiX to hard drive
      In the KDE version just start the install program Ubiquity from the menu (Install ExTiX 15.2). In the LXQt version you’ll have to start up a terminal and run the command ubiquity for the installation to start. Then just follow the instructions.

      It’s not that difficult.

      Thanks for trying ExTiX.

  3. Dear Mr. Exton,

    I was looking for an Ubuntu based Linux with LXQT Desktop, so I found your release. After installing my first impression was good. No crash while installing and no need to set the default language German with console commands. Than I searched the option to install the Nvidia Driver and the desaster startet. I had to try it with the well known console commands. There have been only error messages. So it was impossible to install the NVidia Graphics driver. Than I tried to get the newest Wine release with the Wine ppa. The result have been just the same error messages. I must say, I`m very disappointed of your distro. I`m not a beginner and I know what I do. I didn`t make any mistakes.

    Best regards


    • I’m sorry. I too came to the conclusion that it’s impossible to install the NVidia Graphics driver using “my” kernel 4.6. What you can do is to install Ubuntu’s original kernel first and then try again. Please don’t forget to install the kernel headers too.

      I’m about to release a new version of ExTiX LXQt. It will use kernel 4.8 with proper kernel headers pre-installed.

  4. Wrong location so sorry about that but I have problems installing your Deepin version.
    a) opting for su fails as password error, I know I typed “live” but the script refused it.
    b) Bootloader put into wrong location, my bad but I have had less than 7 hours sleep in the past 72 struggling with various errors. Am now toddling off to bed shortly before I drop so please tell me how to pick actual drive used as boot.
    Many thanks

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