ExTiX 13 64-bit, a distribution based on the recently launched operating system from Canonical, Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtal), has been officially released.As stated by the developers, ExTiX 13 64bit is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.04, an operating system launched just a few days ago.
The distribution is radically different from its inspiration, Ubuntu 13.04, at least on the surface. Unity has been ditched completely, and it has been replaced with Gnome 3.6.3 and Cairo-Dock 3.2.1.
ExTiX 13 also uses a customized kernel, 3.8.0-19-exton, which is developed from Linux kernel 3.8.8. The original Ubuntu kernel is 3.8.0-19-generic, which is actually based on the same stable kernel.
Most of the applications from Ubuntu 13.04 have been kept, including LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Braser. A few other such as VLC and Gimp have been added by default.
“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.,” stated the ExTiX developer on the official announcement.
This means that if your system can run Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), it should have no problem with the ExTiX 13 64-bit respin.
If you choose to install the distribution, you will need to create a partition of at least 8 GB for ExTiX 13, and a SWAP space that's double the size of your computer's RAM.
The users have been advised to change their root passwords immediately after the installation. According to the release note, the root password is changed by running the command sudo passwd root.
After installing the ExTiX distribution to a hard drive, you can alternatively remove the root password altogether. This is done with the command sudo passwd root -l.
More details about this distro can be found in the official announcement.
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