Technically, ExTix 19.8 It is still based on Debian / Ubuntu, but now goes on to do it in an indirect way. The new version is now called ExTiX Deepin 19.8 and becomes based on Deepin 15.11, which in turn is based on and uses the Debian "unstable" repositories. Let no one be surprised that ExTiX uses an unstable repository, as it tends to be ahead of the software on which it is based and occasionally releases "stable" operating systems based on operating systems that are still in beta. If there is an adjective that fits Arne Exton like a glove, I think that adjective is "bold."
But this time it has not done as in past releases: Deepin 15.11 was launched in the month of July and it came with interesting improvements such as one that particularly caught my attention: a new function called cloud sync that we could use to synchronize the preferences of the operating system, so we would not have to start from scratch after performing a zero installation. On other occasions, Exton has been ahead, as was the case with a ExTix 19.3 which in March was already based on Ubuntu 19.04 (it came out in April) and the Linux kernel 5.2.
ExTiX 19.8 uses Linux kernel 5.3-rc6
Where it does go ahead of an official release again is in the kernel of its operating system: ExTiX 19.8 uses Linux 5.3, a kernel whose most updated version is its sixth Release Candidate. Personally, I have never liked this, since this way we are more likely to experience crashes than if we waited for the release of the stable version, which, of course, the label "stable" has its meaning.
Among the most outstanding novelties of ExTiX 19.8 we have:
- Ability to choose language before starting the system.
- The new default graphical installer is Deepin Installer Reborn.
- Support for watching Netflix on Google Chrome.
- Spotify and Skype clients installed by default.
- Possibility of executing ExTiX directly from RAM, with which we can eliminate the bootable unit.
- Refracta Snapshot has been included.