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MeX 64 bit Linux based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with Cinnamon 4.4.8



Mex Linux is no longer based on Linux Mint. MeX Build 200130 is based only on Debian and upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Long Term Support). I have replaced the original kernel with "my" special kernel 5.5.0-exton. All packages in MeX Linux have been upgraded to the latest version by 200130. This version of MeX uses Cinnamon 4.4.8-unstable. The very nice icon theme Papirus is installed and used.

MORE MeX NEWS 200130
1. The MeX ISO is now a ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen drive.
2. Another big improvement is that MeX now can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 4 (load to RAM). When the system has booted up you can eject the disc (DVD)/USB stick. You'll need at least 2 GB RAM to run MeX that way. The ISO file is of only 1200 MB so MeX will run super fast from RAM!
3. I have replaced Google Chrome with Firefox. Google Chrome is no longer needed to be able to run Netflix in Linux.
4. The best thing with this new MeX build - Create your own installable Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Live DVD with Refracta Snapshot (pre-installed)! The whole “remaster process” is so simple that a 10 year old child can do it.

5. I have installed Calamares Installer as in many of my other Linux builds. Calamares is an installer framework. By design it is very customizable, in order to satisfy a wide variety of needs and use cases. Very easy to use. You can use Calamares to install MeX on both UEFI computers and non UEFI computers (for example VirtualBox and VMware).

Important about Refracta
You can use the Refracta Snapshot (pre-installed in MeX Build 200130) to create your own installable Ubuntu Live DVD once you have installed MeX to hard drive. I mean change everything and then create a whole new Ubuntu 20.04 live system. When you start Refracta it will look like this. You don’t even have to install MeX 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 MeX from DVD or a USB stick. Please note that the whole Refracta process (creating your new ISO) will only take 10 – 30 min! You can then install VirtualBox in MeX so you can test run your own created new Ubuntu ISO. Or do it in Windows. Btw: You can do the whole thing in VirtualBox. I mean install MeX in VirtualBox, change everything, create a new Ubuntu 20.04 system using Refracta Snapshot and transfer your new ISO to your server with FileZilla (sudo apt-get install filezilla). Or use Samba - screenshot.

The system language is ENGLISH.

Program content etc
To make it possible to run MeX from RAM I have kept down the number of installed packages. The MeX ISO file is of 1200 MB. All packages have been updated to the latest available stable version as of January 30, 2020. See a complete list of all installed packages.

The best thing with kernel 5.5 is that it has better support for the open-source Nvidia driver Nouveau than any other older kernel.

What’s new in kernel 5.5?

Differences: Ubuntu 20.04 and MeX Linux is different only in principle to the terms of program content. 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 (which I have done in this case), but always to a "better" one with even more native support for various hardware etc.

Password and login
The password for root (superuser) is root. When you start up MeX from the live dvd/USB stick you will end up at LightDM's login screen. Log in to Cinnamon 4.4.8 as the ordinary user live with password live. You can't log in to Cinnamon as root. During the installation process (using Calamares or Refracta Installer) you'll get the chance to create your own ordinary user.

Installation to hard drive
Note that you in advance (just in case) should create a partition of at least 8 GB for MeX Linux and a SWAP space double the size of your computer's RAM. I.e. if you have RAM of 1024 MB or less. If you have RAM of 2 GB or more it's enough with a SWAP space of 2 GB. The installation program in MeX is otherwise "intuitive". Choose manual partitioning and select the partition you created in advance for installation. Use Refracta Installer - Simple Installation or Expert Installation. Or use Calamares Installer. Read more about hard drive installations...

Language settings
After a hard drive installation you may want to change /home/YourUser/.bashrc. Also: If you want to have Firefox and Thunderbird (for example) in your language you'll have to install locale files via Synaptic.

Samba - connect to your Windows computers
Samba is running all the time so you can very easily reach your Windows computers. Just open up Nemo File Manager and go to Go >> Network and your Windows computers will be listed in a new window.

USB installation

You may want to install Spotify in MeX or another Debian/Ubuntu system. Just go ahead. It’s very easy. Follow this instruction for Ubuntu. Or while running MeX just run the command sudo apt update followed by sudo apt install spotify-client.

Who can benefit from MeX?

All who like Debian/Ubuntu and want a system that is easy to use and maintain. And of course those who want to create their own Ubuntu system in a very simple way with Refracta Snapshot. Regarding MeX also those who want to run a Linux system super fast from RAM and/or like to run Linux from a USB flash drive. And those who want a new kernel – 5.5. (Latest kernel by 200130).

The importance of MeX being based on upcoming Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is due to be released on April 23, 2020. MeX Build 200130 is therefore (of course) not the most stable Linux system out there. This version of MeX is not for daily use I would say. Having said that I also must say that I haven't bumped into any problems when running MeX on my computers. I also must say that this version of MeX is very fast and responsive. Especially if you run MeX from RAM. My guess is that you can avoid all problems if you upgrade MeX every week. I.e. once you have installed the system to hard drive.

MeX Linux can be downloaded from SourceForge.net - Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software director.

MeX can also be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society.

md5sum for MeX Linux ISO which is of 1200 MB.



Other EXTON Linux Live CD's/DVD's in English you may like


Exton|OS 64bit Linux Live DVD » version 191128 based on Ubuntu 19.10 and Debian Buster with Budgie Desktop 10.5 and kernel 5.4.0-exton

ExTiX 20.2/20.1/19.10/19.3/18.10 /18.8-2/16.5 64bit » version 200127 based on Debian, Ubuntu and Deepin with LXQt/Deepin/Xfce4/Budgie/KDE and kernel 5.5.0-rc7-exton

MeX 64bit Linux
» version 200130 with Refracta Snapshot based on Ubuntu 20.04 with Cinnamon 4.4.8
and kernel 5.5.0-exton

LFA (Linux for all) 64bit DVD » version 191111 with Refracta Tools based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS and Debian with LXDE and kernel 5.4.0-rc6-exton

EXTON OpSuS Tumbleweed Linux live USB
» version 180114 based on openSUSE Tumbleweed with KDE 4.14.38 and Cinnamon 3.6.2 as Desktop environments. Coming as an IMAGEfile for direct installation on a USB pen drive

ExLight Live DVD 64bit » version 191120 based on Debian 10 Buster with Enlightenment 0.22.4-2, Refracta Snapshot, Calamares Installer and kernel 5.4.0-rc8-exton

ArchEX 64bit Linux Live DVD » Build 191223 based on Arch Linux with kernel 5.4.6-arch1-1, Deepin 15.11 and LXQt 0.14.1

SlackEX 14.2 64bit Linux Live DVD » version 191007 based on Slackware Current 14.2 with Xfce4, Refracta Snapshot and kernel 5.3.0-exton

CruxEX 3.5 64bit 2019 Linux Live USB » version 190630 based on CRUX 3.5 with LXDE and kernel 5.1.12-exton

Exton|Defender Linux Super Rescue System version 190121 – 64 bit – based on Fedora 29 with Cinnamon 4.0.8 and kernel 4.19.15

EXTON MultiBootCD 6-OS» version 190215 with six (6) different mini Linux Systems

exGENT Linux Live DVD 64bit » version 200119 based on Gentoo Linux with LXQt 0.14.1 and kernel 5.3.7-aufs-exgent

PuppEX Bionic Linux Live DVD 64bit » version 190331 – based on Puppy Linux Bionicpup64

DebEX Barebone/LXQt/Gnome/KDE 64bit Live DVD » version 191220, 191209, 191123 and 200228 based on Debian /Bullseye/Sid with LXQt Desktop 0.14.3, Budgie Desktop 10.5, Enlightenment 0.23.1, Gnome 3.34 respectively KDE Plasma 5:17

AndEX (Android-x86_64) 10 » version 200225 with GAPPS (Google Play Store etc), Aptoide App manager, F-Droid and Spotify

AndEX (Android-x86_64) 9.0 Pie » version 190912 with GAPPS (Google Play Store etc), Aurora Store, F-Droid and Netfli

AndEX (Android-x86_64) 8.1 Oreo » version 181028 with GAPPS, Google Play Store, Netflix, Spotify, Firefox and Microsoft Launcher

AndEX (Android-x86_64) 7.1.2 Nougat » version 170930 with “my special” kernel 4.13.3-exton-android-x86_64 and GAPPS pre-installed

AndEX (Android-x86_64) 6.0.1 Marsmallow Live CD
 » version 170923 with “my special” kernel 4.4.20-exton-android-x86_64 and GAPPS pre-installed. Netflix works (!).

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

Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Live CD Exton Build 10 » version 180108 with kernel 4.4.0-exton-android-x86, Google Play Store and many other GAPPS pre-installed

RaspEX for Raspberry Pi 4, Pi 3 Model B, 3 Model B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B » version 190807 (LXDE) and  181010 (BunsenLabs) based on Ubuntu 19.10/18.04 LTS, Debian 10 Buster and Linaro (Open Source software for ARM SoCs)

RaspEX with OpenCPN 5.0.0 for for Raspberry Pi 4, Pi 3 Model B, 3 Model B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B » version 190812

RaspEX Kodi Rpi4 with LXDE and Kodi 18.4 Media Center Leia with Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video addons » Build 191117

RaspAnd Pie 9 for Raspberry Pi 3 Build 190903 » RaspAnd Pie is an Android Pie system, which can run on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Model B+. NOTE: Can be installed in Windows and Linux

RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 for Raspberry Pi 3 Build 180717 » RaspAnd Oreo is an Android Oreo system with GAPPS, which can run on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Model B+. NOTE: Can be installed in Windows and Linux

RaspAnd Nougat 7.1.2 for Raspberry Pi 3 Build 180529 » RaspAnd Nougat is an Android 7.1.2 Nougat system with GAPPS, which can run on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. NOTE: Can be installed in Windows and Linux

RaspAnd Marshmallow 6.0.1 for Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi 2 Build 170521/160915 » RaspAnd Marshmallow is an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow system which can run on Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi 2. NOTE: Can be installed in Windows

RaspAnd Lollipop for Raspberry Pi 3/2 » version 160315 is an Android 5.1 Lollipop system with Google Play Services which can run on Raspberry Pi 3/2

RaspArch for Raspberry Pi 4, Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, Pi 3 Model B and Pi 2 Model B » version 190809 is a “remaster” of Arch Linux ARM. When you have installed RaspArch to your Micro SD Card you can use the system like any other Arch Linux system

EXTON OpSuS Rpi Tumbleweed for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and Pi 3 Model B » version 181126 is a “remaster” of openSUSE’s Tumbleweed image. When you have installed EXTON OpSuS Rpi to your Micro SD Card you can use the system like any other openSUSE system

FedEX Rpi3 for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and Pi 3 Model B » version 181206 is a “remaster” Fedora Project’s Fedora 29 build for ARM. When you have installed FedEX Rpi3 to your Micro SD Card you can use the system like any other Fedora system

Chromium OS (ChromX) » Exton Build 190824 is for all 64bit “normal” Desktop computers and laptops. It must be installed to a USB Pen Drive

Debian PIXEL » Exton Build 191102 is a 32bit remix of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s PIXEL image, which can run on a PC or Mac. Refracta tools are included






Other considerations »

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Screenshot 1 - Spotify running (install Spotify with sudo apt-get install spotify-client)


Screenshot 2 - Cinnamon 4.4.8 Desktop with Refracta Snapshot running

Screenshot 3 - Boot screen live

Screenshot 4 - Boot screen Grub

Screenshot 5 - YouTube running

EXTON distributions: The number of Exton distributions has decreased from 66 (all time high in June 2011) to 16. See a complete LIST. It was a bit too much for me to keep 66 distributions up to date. All Exton distributions on the Swedish Linux Society's FTP Server can be reached HERE. All exton distributions in English (English locale) can also be dowloaded from SourceForge.net.

UPGRADE packages to latest VERSION
If you install MeX Linux to hard disk you will always get the latest package versions if you run the following commands: sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get upgrade.

ABOUT wireless configurations
Use Network Manager to configure your wireless network. It works perfect.


Android-x86 Custom

Read about my Android-x86 Systems – 10, Pie, Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop and KitKat at

andex.exton.netlatest is AndEX 10 (with GAPPS) and AndEX Pie 9.0 (also with GAPPS)

about my Pie, Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop versions for Raspberry Pi 3/2 at

raspex.exton.se latest is RaspAnd Pie 9.0 (without GAPPS) and RaspAnd Oreo 8.1 (with GAPPS)!