Linux Distributions

Exe Linux – live distribution based on Devuan

Exe is a “Live Linux image” pre-configured with a selection of applications for general desktop use. The image, written to CD or USB, may be used to start almost any computer with an Intel or AMD processor and runs as a complete operating system.

The core system is a Devuan Linux base. Previous versions were based on Debian. Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) is preinstalled. No non-free software is included.

Exe

Working state:Active
Desktop:Trinity
Init Software:SysV
Package Management:APT
Release Model:Fixed
Platforms:x86_64
Home Page:exegnulinux.net
Developer:David Hare
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

What's a Linux distribution ("distro")?

A distro provides the user with a desktop environment, preloaded applications, and ways to update and maintain the system.

Each distro makes different choices, deciding which open source projects to install and provides custom written programs. They can have different philosophies.

Some distros are intended for desktop computers, some for servers without a graphical interface, and others for special uses. Because Linux is an open source operating system, combinations of software vary between Linux distros.
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Distroware
Distroware
25 days ago

Would be nice if you highlight if distros are really open source or something else, for example this is a freeware remix created with refracta

Alex
Alex
25 days ago
Reply to  Distroware

Is it freeware? Why do you say that?

Distroware
Distroware
25 days ago
Reply to  Alex

It is a remix, there is no public code or public development, it is the backup of an installation that someone uploaded, you can’t see the modifications or the history

Sticking a GPL license to an ISO image (a finished product) doesn’t make it open source

Miles
Miles
24 days ago
Reply to  Distroware

I wouldn’t describe an ISO a ‘finished’ product.

David Szell
David Szell
24 days ago
Reply to  Miles

An ISO is merely an exact copy of an optical disk such as a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray archived into a single file. It has nothing to do with being a ‘finished’ or ‘unfinished’ product.

Distroware
Distroware
22 days ago
Reply to  Erik Karlsson

> no requirement in the GPL for public development, modifications, or history

No there isn’t, yet we are 30+ years in open source and Linux distros, let’s rise the bar of informations about this kind of stuff

> there’s no actual requirement under the GPL to publish the source code with a binary

There is to provide source

> I emailed the project to see if the source code is available on request but the email bounced

It is a remix, there isn’t source code, it is a backup of an installation

> Given these sorts of difficulties with remixes, I’m not going to waste time on verifying if a distro/remix is complying with their stated license.

The thing of giving a single license to a whole ISO is silly anyway, the kernel is GPL2 only and for example samba is GPL3 or later

A more deeper enquiry about distros would be nice, there as been so many in the last 30+ years, let’s differentiate between an open source project and “backup of an installation made by a single person where you can’t see changes or contribute; when the person stop to upload the iso/img the project is dead”

Distroware
Distroware
22 days ago
Reply to  Erik Karlsson

> external links are not permitted in comments.

wasn’t aware of that, where can find the guidelines?

Distroware
Distroware
22 days ago
Reply to  Erik Karlsson

I’m a volunteer too for all my Linux and open source stuff too

SirFred
SirFred
22 days ago
Reply to  Distroware

> It is a remix, there isn’t source code, it is a backup of an installation

You don’t really know that for certain. Maybe David Hare added his own code, maybe as patches, scripts, other code changes. Maybe that’s what David Hare means by attaching the GPL.

I can see why you might want a table entry showing whether a distro is a remix, flavour, spin, or heavily based on another distro, or an ‘independent’ distro.

Given that the main page with the list of active distros says it’s really just a stub at this time, maybe more info will be added in the future to each entry.

GPL pedant
GPL pedant
24 days ago

Generally speaking, software distributed under the GPL doesn’t have to distribute the source code with the binary. The key is that the source code has to be available if someone requests it.

George
George
22 days ago

Off-topic I know, but why aren’t external links allowed in comments?