ExTiX 16.1 – Build 160120 – with LXQt 0.10.0 and kernel 4.4.0-0-exton

extix-logo-black-white-bgI have made a new version of ExTiX – The Ultimate Linux System. I call it ExTiX 16.1 LXQt Live DVD. (The previous version was 15.4).

ExTiX 16.1 LXQt DVD 64 bit is based on Debian 8.2 Jessie/Debian 9 Stretch and Ubuntu 15.10. The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity (Ubuntu). After removing Unity I have installed LXQt 0.10.0. LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment. It is the product of the merge between the LXDE-Qt and the Razor-qt projects: A lightweight, modular, blazing-fast and user-friendly desktop environment.

The system language is ENGLISH.

My special kernel 4.4.0-0-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s kernel 4.4. It’s the latest stable kernel as of now.

What’s new in kernel 4.4? 

NEWS ABOUT ExTiX 16.1 build 160120 with LXQt Desktop environment
1. ExTiX LXQt is based on Ubuntu 15.10 Wily WerewolfLXQt 0.10.0 (not in Ubuntu’s repositories) is used as Desktop environment. All packages have been updated to the latest version by 160120. Kernel 4.4.0-0-exton is used. (Kernel.org‘s kernel 4.4). Ubuntu 15.10 uses kernel 4.2.
2. Google Chrome is used as Web Browser, which makes it possible to watch Netflix movies. It is not possible in Firefox (in Linux).
3. I have also installed BlueGriffon Web Editor. BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it’s a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards. Only to be compared with Dreamweaver. (In my opinion).
4. Other included important/useful packages are: LibreOffice, Thunderbird, GParted, Brasero, SMPlayer, GCC and other compilation tools so that you can install packages from source. Furthermore “all” multimedia codecs. Everything the average Linux user could wish for I would say.
5. I have also installed Nvidia Graphic driver 352.63 in the LXQt version. It has support for the following GPUs: Quadro K1200, Quadro M6000, GeForce 920M, GeForce 930A, GeForce 930M, GeForce 940M, GeForce GTX 950M, GeForce GTX 960M and GeForce GTX TITAN X. This driver will be used automatically if your card is supported.

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL about ExTiX and especially the new version from 160120?
1. The ExTiX ISO’s are ISO-hybrids, which means that they can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive. You can even run ExTiX from the USB stick and save all your system changes on the stick. I.e. you will enjoy persistence!
2. Another big improvement is that both ExTiX versions can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (Copy to RAM). 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 ExTiX that way. Running from RAM means that the system will run faster than from DVD or USB stick. Everything will be superfast I would say!
3. ExTiX LXQt is now more stable than ever. All packages have been upgraded to the latest version by 160120.
4. I’ve replaced kernel 4.2.0-16-exton with kernel 4.4.0-0-exton (Kernel.org‘s stable kernel 4.4).
5. The installation program Ubiquity (live installer) is now working as intended. I.e. a new user (your user) will be created during the installation process.

You can run ExTiX live as root (superuser) or as the ordinary user extix. Log in from Slim‘s Login Manager as root with password root in the LXQt version or as extix with no password. During a hard drive installation you will get the opportunity to create your own normal user. When logged in as extix you can use Sudo to become root. (Command: sudo su).

Install ExTiX to hard drive
Just start the install program Ubiquity from the menu (Install ExTiX 16.1). Or click on the Desktop icon Install ExTiX 16.1 when logged in as the ordinary user extix. Then just follow the instructions.

USB installation
Read my instruction.

Changing the root password
If you install ExTiX to hard drive you must/should immediately (for security reasons) manually change root’s password. This is because the installation program does not ask about a new root password. (Ubuntu original uses no root password). The root password is changed by running the command sudo passwd root. After installing ExTiX to hard drive, you can alternatively remove the root password altogether. This is done with the command sudo passwd root -l.

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, but always to a “better” one with even more native support for various hardware etc. (Which I have done in this case).

Screenshot of ExTiX 16.1 Desktop – LXQt 0.10.0


This version has been replaced by version 160530.

11 thoughts on “ExTiX 16.1 – Build 160120 – with LXQt 0.10.0 and kernel 4.4.0-0-exton”

  1. exton exton says:

    ExTiX 16.1 was reviewed by DistroWatch.com today. ExTiX is on the front page. I guess this (as usual) means that number of downloads will increase dramatically.

    READ: http://distrowatch.com/index.php?dataspan=1

  2. technomancer says:

    Looks great ! Awesome job on making a nice Linux OS. Testing now and loving it.

  3. Daniel Sundkvist says:

    I downloaded the ISO file and the 2 .sh files to get a persistent usb-stick. I tried your way to make it, but the stick didn’t boot.
    Then I used Linux Mint’s “USB-avbildsskrivare” and that worked, so I could boot it.
    After installing Extix to the hard disk of a rather old computer, almost everything seems to work. But there is 1 irritating thing. After a few minutes of keyboard and mouse inactivity the screen goes blank, and I haven’t found out how to switch this off. I have tried the settings of LXQT and the openbox settings, but nothing helps. I also looked in the BIOS, if there would be anything there. I just don’t want any screensaver or power saving things. One time watching Youtube, the music went on OK, but the screen went blank. Is there some obscure settings file, that has to be edited?
    I like LXQT, it’s not so heavy as KDE, which is my favourite desktop, but still has a lot of personalizing possibilities, that are absent in as well LXDE as XFCE. Could you help me to get rid of this unwanted screen blanking?

    1. exton exton says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Yes, it seems I have to do some changes to the scripts. Don’t know why (yet).

      Meanwhile you can also use UNetbootin in Windows or Linux. See a picture how it looks before the installation starts in Windows 10. NOTE: You must replace syslinux.cfg in the root of the stick with this file. (Also so you can enjoy persistence and run ExTiX in RAM). There’s other ways to do it, but using UNetbootin is the best/safest way.

      UNetbootin works perfectly well. (I’ve done a test installation myself today).

      About your blank screen: I don’t have this problem on my computers. I will look into the matter though.

    2. exton exton says:

      Hi again Daniel,

      The scripts can’t be used anymore, but I’ve found another method – please read this.

      1. Daniel Sundkvist says:

        Ok. This new method sounds very credible, but then you have to burn a DVD first. And now I already have it on my hard disk…

        By the way, the screen blanking worked the same way, when I run it from the USB stick as after the installation. And I have Linux Mint 17.2 KDE as a parallell installation on the same computer, without any screen blanking problems.

  4. no says:

    Congratulations! Greetings from Belgrade. I am an linux enthusiast, too. Similar age.

    Note: I had to delete lxqt-panel config file to get things right.

  5. lmfire says:

    Hi! I try to boot ExTiX 16.1 LXQt on my Acer Chromebook 15 via DVD and USB-Stick, but it doesent work!

    SeaBios tells:
    graphics Initialization failed
    Error setting up gfxboot

    I have just Linux Manjaro LXQT on my Chromebook, without Chrome OS! And i can boot diffrents Linux OSs, but not ExTiX 16.1 LXQt!

    Can somebody help me pls?

    Thx Martin

    1. exton exton says:

      Try to boot ExTiX in compatibility mode.

      And you are sure that your ISO file is error free? Checked it with md5sum?

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