ExLight 64bit, Build 171121, based on Debian Buster/Sid with Enlightenment 0.22 (latest, installed from source) and Refracta tools

NEWS 171121 ABOUT ExLight
I’ve made a new extra version of ExLight today based on Debian Buster/Sid. The “old” version from 171112 is based on Ubuntu 17.10 (alias Artful Aardvark) and Debian Buster/Stretch. Furthermore version 171112 uses Enlightenment 0.20 installed from Ubuntu’s repositories. Build 171121 of ExLight uses Enlightenment 0.22 installed by me from source.

Almost unique
Enlightenment 0.22 was released 171102. Only two (!) Linux distributions in the whole wide world (besides ExLight) uses Enlightenment 0.22 as Desktop environment.

I have kept the old version (171112) on SourceForge.net server since that version of ExLight can be considered more stable being based (mostly) on Ubuntu 17.10.

Installed packages
To be able to install Enlightenment from source I had to install a lot of extra packages. The ISO file has therefore increased from 1210 MB to 1560 MB. Study all installed packages in ExLight Build 171121.

VirtualBox and VMware
ExLight Build 171121 runs very well in VirtualBox and VMware. Maybe you’ll have to use boot alternative 3 (nomodeset).

Using the Nvidia proprietary driver
If you want (and can) use Nvidia’s proprietary graphics driver 384.98 you shall boot up ExLight using boot alternative 3 (Nomodeset). Then open up a terminal and run sudo nvidia-xconfig. Log out. If you can’t reach X/Enlightenment then your card isn’t supported. Delete xorg.conf with sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf and run the command startx. Or reboot your computer.

On certain computers you can’t login to Enlightenment 0.22. I don’t know why. If that is the case for you you’ll have to settle for Fluxbox. (Not a bad choice btw). When logged in as user or root (password live respectively root) the Fluxbox Desktop will look like this.

1. The Enlightenment 0.22 Desktop
2. The Login Screen – LightDM. Choose between Enlightenment and Fluxbox
3. Running in VirtualBox
4. Running in VMware
5. Refracta Installer running in Expert mode
6. Refracta Snapshot running
7. Showing how to change locales
8. Logged in to Fluxbox

READ MORE ABOUT ExLight Build 171112 and 171121…

8 thoughts on “ExLight 64bit, Build 171121, based on Debian Buster/Sid with Enlightenment 0.22 (latest, installed from source) and Refracta tools”

  1. I was excited about this but i’m done with it.. I have ethernet and wireless dongle and I can’t get a connection going with either.. You would think ethernet would be connected right off the bat like it is in every other Linux distro I’ve used over the last 10 years but no.. It will not connect to it. It won’t even detect my wireless dongle which works perfect on Ubuntu 17.10 so I don’t know why it isn’t working on this.

    1. Please follow my advice re. configuration of Wicd. I.e. check your network interfaces with the command sudo iwconfig and then change Wicd’s preferences accordingly.

      1. I did that and also replaced the iso and got the same thing. It looks like my computer may not be fast enough to process the login request because it goes ahead normally like accepted, then hangs, then bounces back to the login screen.

        1. Ok, then perhaps your computer isn’t supported. On the INFO site I wrote that you can’t login to the Enlightenment 0.22 Desktop on certain computers. You can login to Fluxbox though.

  2. Yes I think my little Atom netbook wasn’t supported even though it can run 64 bit. Here’s a funny thing: I tried it on a desktop machine and it it booted and ran fine and bypassed the login altogether. It’s a really nice system and extremely fast! lots of fun to use. I don’t have a hard drive install yet but maybe soon. Thanks.

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