ExLight 64bit, Build 180217, based on Debian Unstable/Experimental with Enlightenment 0.22.1, Budgie 10.4 and Refracta tools

NEWS 180217 ABOUT ExLight
I’ve made a new version of ExLight, which also have the Budgie Desktop 10.4 pre-installed. You can now log in to Enlightenment 0.22.1 on all kind of computers, (which you couldn’t before).  Budgie is focused on simplicity and elegance. Designed with the modern user in mind.  See a screenshot of ExLight running the Budgie Desktop.

New sources 180217

This new version of ExLight is based on Debian unstable/experimental. I.e. cutting edge software is used. Build 180217 is a total rebuild of ExLight. The ISO file size has decreased from 1560 MB to 986 MB, which means that ExLight now can run even faster from RAM.

MORE NEWS 180217 ABOUT ExLight
I’ve made a new extra version of ExLight today based on Debian unstable/experimental. 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 180217 of ExLight uses Enlightenment 0.22.1 (latest). Enlightenment 0.22.1 was released 171122. This version of ExLight (180217) has a much nicer look since I’ve installed the R-NightBling-II_E22 theme.

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

ExLight Build 180217 uses kernel 4.15.2-exlight, corresponding Kernel.org‘s kernel 4.15.2.

What’s new in Linux kernel 4.15?

Installed packages
Study all installed packages in ExLight Build 180217.

VirtualBox and VMware
ExLight Build 180217 runs very well in VirtualBox and VMware. Maybe you’ll have to use boot alternative 4 (failsafe).

1. The Enlightenment 0.22.1 Desktop
2. The Login Screen – LightDM. Choose between Enlightenment and Budgie Desktop
3. The Enlightenment Desktop – logged in as root
4. The Enlightenment Desktop – logged in as user
5. The Budgie Desktop – logged in as root
6. Using Wicd in Enlightenment
7. Running in VirtualBox
8. Running in VMware
9. Refracta Installer running in Expert mode
10. Refracta Snapshot running
11. Showing how to change locales

This version of ExLight has been replaced by Build 190202…

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13 thoughts on “ExLight 64bit, Build 180217, based on Debian Unstable/Experimental with Enlightenment 0.22.1, Budgie 10.4 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.

  3. Beeing and old Enlightenment fan I’ve just downloaded last ExLight Linux iso.
    I tried it on a 10years old Sony laptop with Nvidia card but no way to be able to start E22.
    I’ll try it on a 5years old Asus laptop, perhaps I’ll be lucky with an ATI card 😉

    Best regards!

  4. Hi Exton
    Firstly thanks for your work, it is much appreciated. I love the look of this new version and have tried to install to a clean disk, on an MSI CR620 laptop. I created a boot, os and home partition, together with a small swap partition, whilst running the installer. All seemed ok, until the point of installing grub, which produces an error.y Any chance you may be able to assist with this please?

    1. Normally it’ll work even though you can get one or two error messages in the end of the installation process. Have you checked /boot/grub/grub.cfg on the installation partition?

      Try to install without creating a special boot partition. Just the install partition and a SWAP partition. I NEVER use a boot partition myself.

  5. Hi Exton
    Since my previous post I have tried many more times, all failures. Each time I restart and it says “no OS found” . This is after the file copying has seemingly gone ok, there is still the grub error though, it says “Error detected: 1 grub-install failed. See /var/log/refractainstaller_error.log for details” It lets me continue but on reboot I get the no OS message?

    1. Your computer MSI CR620 laptop is quite old so I guess it is not UEFI enabled. Before you start Refracta Installer you must therefore replace grub-efi-amd64 with grub-pc. Just run the command sudo apt update followed by sudo apt install grub-pc before you start the install program.

      Choose to install Grub in MBR. Have you done that? Also (as I said before) refrain from creating a special boot partition.

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