Linux For All could very well be a unifying Linux distribution offering a common platform for computing.
LFA is a distro developed by Exton Linux’s software engineer Arne Exton, the same developer that distributes ExTix Linux, based in Sweden. There are 16 Exton distributions hosted by the Swedish Linux Society.
The Exton Linux distribution stock is a vibrant collection for custom distros that you won’t find anywhere else. Among the releases of Exton Linux are several custom Linux distros based on extensive range tools include Freebsd, Debian, Ubuntu, Slackware, and Puppy. Such distros ‘ multiple versions provide an even more comprehensive range of desktops.
The ExTix distro that I recently reviewed may be one of Exton’s best-known Linux platforms. That’s partly because of its many desktop deals.
Linux For All comes in the LXDE environment in just one flavor. However, LXDE is an appealing option in favor of a powerful desktop that is light enough to run on low-powered aging hardware to eliminate confusion and complexity.
A Linux OS that can accept anything
Linux For All is a unique offer that stands apart from the other distros of Exton Linux. The latest version of the 1911 version is a total reconstruction of earlier releases of LFA. It’s not a retreat from ExTix.
LFA Build 191111 is based on LTS and Debian from Ubuntu 18.04.3. It’s a complete rebuild. According to developer Exton, nothing remains of the old LFA system. It was a smart choice to base the new build on Ubuntu 18.04.3. This update is supported up to April 2023 as an LTS upgrade. The latest version of Ubuntu 19.10 will only be enabled by July 2020.
This is not the case with other distros from Exton Linux. For example, the current Ubuntu 19.10 (Loan Ermine) operating system and Linux 5.4 kernel series are based on a new version of the Ubuntu-based Exton OS distribution, Build 191128.
LFA runs a very user-friendly and lightweight LXDE4 desktop environment designed for low resource requirements.
LFA Build 191111 comes in a 2,120 MB ISO file, a bit big. The large file contains all the usual applications needed to get started by ordinary Linux users. It also comes with the 5.4.0-rc6-Exton kernel and the new proprietary 440.31 graphics driver from Nvidia.
Enhanced hardware support for Nvidia graphics is a significant advantage in implementing this particular distro. When choosing boot alternative 4 (fail-safe), you can boot into Nvidia’s proprietary graphics driver 440.31. First, open a terminal and run Nvidia-config sudo. Then you have to sign out.
Based on the configuration of your hardware, this command can be skipped — the automated use of the Nvidia card. By setting Nvidia X Server Settings in Menu (LXDE) >> Preferences, you can check that. If, after running Nvidia-config, you are unable to hit X /LXDE, your video card is not enabled.
The use of Refracta Snapshot software is another plus. Refracta promotes the development of your own Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Live DVD installed on your hard drive after installing LFA. TeamViewer is also pre-installed to power LFA computers or vice-versa.
Such devices can have little effect on your user experience if you use only one computer. Moreover, such devices will make duplicating your installations with similar configurations a pleasure if you maintain networks at home and the workplace.
Nifty Tool for Snapshot
An integral part of Exton Linux distros, like LFA, is the Refracta Snapshot Tool. It helps you to customize and set up LFA to match your specific needs and then create a whole new live system based on Ubuntu.
Another choice, perhaps less versatile or useful, is to skip the installation of the hard drive first and go directly from the live session DVD or USB drive to run the Refracta Snapshot Tool.
However, while running LFA from DVD or a USB stick, your system needs a lot of RAM. Either way, it takes 10 to 30 minutes to complete the Refracta Snapshot process.
From live to complete setup
On a hard drive, you can access LFA or put it on a USB drive. To achieve this process, be sure to check the detailed directions of the developer on the website if you want the USB option. Here’s a quick guide for the hard drive to download LFA.
The boot process of the live session ends at the login screen of LightDM. The login password is “live.” The root access password is “root.” You can’t log in as a root user directly. You must first log in as a live user and then open a terminal window to use Sudo to root: sudo us.
If you still want LFA to be run as heart, you can do it this simultaneously by pressing Ctrl + Alt + F1. Log in as “root” with “root” password, and run starts.
The mounting of the hard drive requires some manual overhead. The installer of Refracta does not perform tasks of partitioning.
First, create an LFA partition with a minimum of 8 GB. Second, double the size of your computer’s RAM to create a SWAP space. GParted, available on the LFA Live Session DVD, can be used. Before starting the Refracta Installer, be sure to unmount all partitions.
Next, under Menu >> System Tools >> Refracta Installer, run the intuitive Refracta Installer in LFA live session. Then select the section for manual partitioning and select for installation the LFA partition you built in advance.
From there, follow the computer instructions.