DebEX-Mint 12 Xmas with KDE 4.7.3

The system is a remaster of Linux Mint 12 – codenamed “Lisa” (From freedom came elegance), released on 26 November 2011. The original system includes the Desktop Environments Gnome 3.2, Gnome Classic (Gnome 2.32) and Mate (a fork of the venerable GNOME 2 Desktop Environment). In DebEX-Mint 12 Xmas Edition, I have installed KDE 4.7.3 (latest stable version), as an alternative, so that everyone on the spot (during live operation) can compare the different Desktop Environments. I have replaced the original kernel 3.0.0-12-generic (the same kernel as in Ubuntu 11.10) with “my” kernel 3.1.4-exton-xmas-custom. Kernel 3.1.4 is the latest available stable kernel, which can be downloaded from kernel.org. The system language is English.

Why has the kernel been replaced?
Latest Ubuntu (11:10) and Linux Mint 12 original uses kernel 3.0.0-12-generic. There has been added a lot of different kinds of hardware support etc. in the latest stable kernel 3.1.4. So if you have acquired new hardware, which is not supported in Ubuntu 11.10 and/or Linux systems based on Ubuntu 11.10 it might be worth testing DebEX-Mint 12 Xmas. There is, among other things, support for brand new USB devices, like printers and cameras, etc. Odd support: Wii (which is not supported in Ubuntu’s latest kernel 3.0.0-12-generic). If you just want to switch to a newer Ubuntu kernel, you can read HERE or HERE. (If you understand Swedish).

Program content etc
Among many other programs LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox, Wicd, Brasero, VLC, Gimp and win32 codecs. In addition, Java and all necessary additions in order to install programs from source. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of 7 December 2011. See a complete list of all installed programs HERE.

Compatibility

It might be worth to follow a forum thread at linuxmint com. Differences: Linux Mint 12 and DebEX-Mint 12 Xmas KDE is different only in principle to the terms of program content. A general truth: If an original system can run on a particular computer a “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 DebEX-Mint 12 Xmas), but always to a “better” one with even more native support for various hardware etc.

Installation to hard disk
The installation program is in Swedish (if you choose so). Note that you in advance (just in case) should create a partition of at least 6 GB for DebEX-Mint Xmas and a SWAP space double the size of your computer’s RAM. Ie 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 Mint/Ubuntu is otherwise “intuitive”. Choose manual partitioning and select the partition you created in advance for installation.

USB installation
You should use UNetbootin in Windows or Linux. See a picture how it looks before the installation starts in Windows 7. There’s other ways to do it, but using UNetbootin is the best/safest way.

INSTRUCTIONS
Read more abot DebEX-Mint 12 Xmas
(if you understand Swedish)…

It might also be worth to follow a forum thread at linuxmint com.

 

DOWNLOAD
The ISO file (debex-mint-12-special-kde-gnome-1460mb-111207.iso) can be downloaded from the Swedish Linux Society’s server.

DebEX-Mint 12 Xmas can also be downloaded from Sourceforge.netFast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.

md5sum for DebEX-Mint 12 Xmas ISO which is of 1460 MB.

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