ExTiX LXQt Mini Build 210220 non-uefi especially made for older computers and VirtualBox/VMware with LXQt, Refracta Snapshot and kernel 5.10.15-exton
NEWS 210220 ABOUT ExTiX LXQt Mini 21.2, Build 210220
I’ve made a new “mini” version of ExTiX – The Ultimate Linux System. It is based on Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS Focal Fossa. The ISO file is of only 980 MB, which is good if you want to run the system super fast from RAM. It should be enough with 2GB RAM. When the boot process is ready you can eject the DVD or USB stick. Use Boot alternative 2. The best thing with ExTiX 21.2 is that while running the system live (from DVD/USB) or from hard drive you can use Refracta Snapshot (pre-installed) to create your own live installable Ubuntu 20.04.2 system. So easy that a ten year child can do it! ExTiX 21.2 uses kernel 5.10.15-exton. Kernel 5.10 is a LTS kernel supported until 2026. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will be supported until April 2025.
Study all pre-installed packages in ExTiX 21.2.
More about ExTiX 21.2
This ExTiX version uses LXQt as Desktop environment. 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. NOTE: This ExTiX LXQt Build is for older non-UEFI-enabled computers and VirtualBox/VMware. When running ExTiX 21.2 in VirtualBox you can do it in full screen since VirtualBox Guest Additions are pre-installed. Watch this screenshot.
Log in to LXQt
When the live boot process is ready you will end up in X and the LXQt Desktop logged in as the ordinary user user. The password for root is root. The password for user is live. While logged in as user you can use Sudo to become root. Examples: sudo su and sudo pcmanfm-qt.
Read my instruction. In Windows you shall/must use Rufus version 3.13. Using for example Etcher won’t make the USB stick bootable.
Install ExTiX to hard drive
Just start the install program Refracta Installer from the LXQt Menu/System (Install from a live CD to your system). Then just follow the instructions. In the end of the installation you will be asked if you want to install a bootloader. Watch this screenshot. Choose the alternative “No bootloader” if you already have one Linux system installed on your computer and already have Grub as bootloader. Otherwise you shall choose to install Grub in MBR (/dev/sda). ExTiX LXQt 21.2 runs very well live in VirtualBox and VMware. When installing you shall choose to install Grub in MBR.
Important about Refracta Snapshot
You can use the Refracta Snapshot (pre-installed in ExTiX 21.2) to create your own installable Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS Live DVD/ISO once you have installed ExTiX to hard drive. I mean change everything and then create a whole new Ubuntu live system. Start Refracta Snapshot from Menu >> System >> Create a live CD snapshot of your system. You don’t even have to install ExTiX to hard drive before you can use the Refracta Snapshot. If you have plenty of RAM you can create a new (your own!) Ubuntu system while running ExTiX from DVD or a USB stick. Please note that the whole Refracta process (creating your new ISO) will only take 10 – 30 min! You’ll find the ISO in /home/snapshots. The whole thing is very simple. However, as regards ExTiX 21.2 you may have to run the Refracta Snapshot process in three steps. Watch this screenshot. I.e. Step1, Step 2 and Step 3 in that order. After that you’ll find your new ISO in /home/snapshot.
Study this instruction.
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