ExTiX Deepin 21.1 Live based on Deepin 20.1 (latest) with Skype, Spotify, Refracta Snapshot and kernel 5.10.4-exton :: Build 210106/210103
NEWS 210106 ABOUT ExTiX Deepin 21.1
I’ve uploaded a new extra version of ExTiX Deepin, which has VirtualBox Guest Additions pre-installed. With those installed you can run ExTiX in full screen in VirtualBox. The additions couldn’t be installed while using kernel 5.10.4-exton. I had to install Deepin’s original kernel 5.4.50-amd64-desktop. In version 210106 I’ve also included Refracta Installer. Use it in VirtualBox if you want an exact copy of ExTiX Deepin installed. Before starting Refracta Installer you should run the commands sudo apt update followed by sudo apt install grub-pc. When asked install Grub in MBR. Watch a screenshot showing when the installation is ready.
NEWS 210103 ABOUT ExTiX Deepin
I’ve released a new version of ExTiX Deepin today (210103). This ExTiX Build is based on Deepin 20.1 released by Deepin Technology 201230.
NEW FUNCTIONS etc
1. You can run ExTiX from RAM. Use boot alternative 2 (load to RAM) or Advanced. A wonderful way to run Linux if you have enough RAM. Everything will be super fast. When ExTiX has booted up you can remove the DVD or USB stick.
2. You will have the opportunity to choose language before you enter the Deepin 20.1 Desktop. All main languages are supported.
3. I have replaced Deepin Installer with the Reborn version of Deepin Installer. Works better in every way.
4. I have replaced kernel 5.9.1-exton with kernel 5.10.4-exton. Corresponding the latest available stable kernel 5.10.4 from Kernel.org.
5. Spotify and Skype are pre-installed.
6. You can watch Netflix while running Firefox.
7. You can install ExTiX Deepin also in VirtualBox/VMware using Deepin Installer. (In previous versions you had to “chroot” into the install partition and install Grub).
8. As an alternative to Apt you can use the Cactus Package Manager. Example commands: cpm i mousepad and cpm s gimp. (Install Mousepad and search for Gimp). CPM works very well.
9. Install ExTiX to a USB stick preferably with Rufus 3.13 in Windows – see below how it looks.
I may add that there is no other live version of Deepin 20.1.
MORE NEWS 210103 ABOUT ExTiX Deepin 21.1
I’ve released a new version of ExTiX Deepin today with Refracta Snapshot and kernel 5.10.4-exton. Deepin 20.1 (latest version released 201230) is made in China. Deepin is devoted to providing a beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users. Previous versions of ExTiX Deepin were based on Debian and Ubuntu. ExTiX 20.10 is a live build of Deepin 20.1, which is based on Debian Buster. All packages have been updated to the latest available version as of today. Study all installed packages in ExTiX Deepin 21.1 Build 210103. So ExTiX 21.1 is based on Deepin 20.1 and Debian Buster. I may add that there is no other live version of Deepin 20.1 (as far as I know).
ExTiX Deepin 21.1 replaces ExTiX 20.10.
The Ultimate Linux System
I’ve called my different versions of ExTiX The Ultimate Linux System for many years by now. As regards ExTiX 21.1 Deepin I feel it’s especially justified. Everything just works.
While running ExTiX Deepin 21.1 live or from hard drive you can use Refracta Snapshot (pre-installed) to create your own live installable Deepin/Debian system. A ten year child can do it! NOTE: After a hard drive installation Refracta Snapshot will be uninstalled. Therefore you’ll have to download and reinstall Refracta Snapshot (if you want to make your own Deepin system). To use Refracta Snapshot while running ExTiX Deepin live (from DVD/USB) you’ll need a lot of RAM. Possibly 24 GB or more. You can, however, instead choose to put Refracta Snapshot working folders on a hard drive partition of at least 25 GB. In that case change /etc/refractasnapshot.conf on line 45 and 46 and mount the partition where you want said folders. Example: Change from /home/snapshot to /mnt/sda4/snapshot.
My special kernel 5.10.4-exton corresponding Kernel.org’s kernel 5.10.4.
Login to Deepin Desktop
Log in from LightDM Login Manager as the ordinary user live with password live. You can’t login to Deepin as root. While logged in as live you can use Sudo to become root. Example commands: sudo su or sudo dde-file-manager. The password for root is root.
Read my instruction.
Install ExTiX to hard drive using Deepin Installer
While running ExTiX 21.1 live (from a DVD or USB stick) you can install the system to hard drive using Deepin Installer. Please read my INSTRUCTION about how to use Deepin Installer. NOTE: After a hard drive installation you may end up in console mode. Then log in as your created user or as live with password live. Then run the command startx and you will enter the Deepin Desktop.
Using ExTiX Deepin Installer (Deepin’s original install program)
This was a bit tricky before since Deepin isn’t made for running in live mode. Not anymore though. Deepin Installer works very well also in VirtualBox and VMware. Watch a slideshow below showing the install process.
If you can’t see the slideshow in your browser you can watch this animated GIF.
VirtualBox and VMware
ExTiX Deepin 21.1 runs very well live in VirtualBox and VMware. After a virtual hard drive installation in VirtualBox you can install VirtualBox Guest Additions so that you can run ExTiX Deepin in full screen. For some unknown reason you can’t install said additions while using kernel 5.10.4. You’ll have to install Deepin’s kernel 5.4.50-amd64-desktop first. Use Synaptic for that. Watch a screenshot when I’m running ExTiX Deepin in full screen in VirtualBox after such an installation. NOTE: In ExTiX Deepin 21.1 Build 210106 VirtualBox Guest Additions are pre-installed.
Spotify is pre-installed in ExTiX Deepin 21.1.
Printing using Cups
It’s really very simple to install a printer in ExTiX/Ubuntu. Cups (Common UNIX Printing System) is already installed. Open up Google Chrome and go to http://localhost:631/admin. See the following five screenshots showing when I added my local printer HP Photosmart Wireless in ExTiX KDE.
1. Cups start page
2. Add the printer
3. Add a local printer
4. Configuration of the added printer
5. Printing a test document
While running ExTiX Deepin 21.1 live or from hard drive you can use Refracta Snapshot (pre-installed) to create your own live installable Deepin/Debian system. A ten year child can do it! Watch a slideshow below. (The slideshow is for ExTiX Budgie 17.7, but Refracta tools works in the same way in ExTiX Deepin). You don’t even have to install ExTiX to hard drive before you can use the Refracta tools. If you have plenty of RAM you can create a new (your own!) Deepin system while running ExTiX from a DVD or a USB stick. Please note that the whole Refracta process (creating your new ISO) will only take 10 – 15 min! You’ll find the ISO in /home/snapshots. (Or change that in /etc/refractasnapshot.conf – see above).
Normally NetworkManager works very well in ExTiX Deepin. Just add your network password and connect. Watch this screenshot. If you, however, after a hard drive installation can’t reach the Internet you shall run the command sudo dpkg-reconfigure resolvconf and reboot your computer.
1. ExTiX Deepin 21.1 Desktop
2. Spotify is running
3. YouTube is running
4. ExTiX showing a Samba connection to a Windows computer
5. ExTiX running in full screen in VirtualBox (after VirtualBox Guest Additions have been installed)
Deepin Screen Recorder
In ExTiX Deepin you can record everything you do. Watch this small video.
ExTiX on YouTube
Someone (not me) has published a video about ExTiX Deepin 19.4 on YouTube.
A general truth: If an original system can run on a particular computer an Exton Build 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).
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