Tagged as Build 180301, the new Exton|OS release is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and features the lightweight and modern Budgie desktop environment created by the Solus devs. Budgie 10.4 is on-board this release, which comes with the renowned Calamares universal installer framework by default.
According to the developer, Exton|OS is now fully compatible with the software repositories of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, which means that users can install any upstream package they need. Also, Arne Exton claims Exton|OS would be the first GNU/Linux distro to be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), due for release on April 26, 2018.
Another interesting fact of the latest Exton|OS release is that it comes with the unreleased Linux 4.16 kernel. The distro is currently powered by the third Linux kernel 4.16 release candidate and includes packages that have been updated to their latest available versions as at March 1, 2018.
Among the pre-installed apps, we can mention Mozilla Firefox as default web browser, SMPlayer as default media player, GIMP as default image viewer and editor, SMTube for downloading YouTube videos, the Gparted partition editor, and Refracta Tools so you can build your own Ubuntu 18.04 LTS live system.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht