PixieLive4 Released

After a long time, PixieLive is back with a brand new release including a new Boot Menu, updated programs, and some new entries.

The software selection can be completely tuned by removing the unneeded packages, ranging from 500 MB to about 2000 MB as explained Here

Download: PixieLive4.iso


  • Copy.com replaced drobox (15 GB of free online storage, +5 GB if you register using this Link)
  • As usual Pixielive supports GMA500 (a.k.a Poulsbo) graphic cards with both EMGD 1.18 binary drivers and the free modesetting (gma500_gfx)
  • nVidia Optimus supported out of the box
  • Claws-mail (lightweight email client which saves automatically on you pendrive)
  • Multi-User live system
  • Settings saved in several different ways (if the boot device is writable):
    • some directories in the $HOME are linked in the PixieLive4 directory on your pendrive (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Templates, Videos)
    • on demand save settings (for normal settings, as usual in PixieLive)
    • live changes, for data and settings which change frequently (email thunderbird and claws-mail, copy.com replacing dropbox, it syncs on your..., sticky notes, calibre, torrents, calendar osmo, wifi networks)
    • encrypted settings (for sensitive data browsers, email, copy.com settings,...)
    • encrypted storage (~/Private directory encrypted, so you can safely save your sensitive documents on you pendrive)

Cheatcodes (to be specified on the bootloader "blue" screen):

  • noload=packages,list --> do not load the specified .lzm modules (e.g. noload=emgd -> do not load emgd module)
  • Xres=1024x768 --> change the default X resolution (for EMGD drivers only)
  • changes=DIRECTORY --> save all the changes into a target directory instead of PixieLive4 (using multiple changes directories you can create a multi-user system)

As usual PixieLive comes with a big software selection:

  • Desktop environments:
    • Gnome-2.32 (default)
    • Enlightenment-0.17
    • Openbox
  • Development:
    • arduino
    • gcc
    • qt-creator
  • Games:
    • Crack-attack
    • Battle for Wesnoth
    • Hedgewars (Worms-like game)
    • ZSnes (SNES emulator)
  • Graphics:
    • Darktable (RAW images editor)
    • GIMP-2.8 (Image editor)
    • Geeqie (Image Viewer)
    • Gtkam (Download your images from the camera)
    • Inkscape (Vector graphics editor)
  • Editors:
    • gVim
    • Emacs
  • Office:
    • Calibre (E-book library manager)
    • Freemind (Mind-mapping software)
    • LibreOffice-4 (Free office suite)
    • LaTeX
    • Lyx (Frontend for LaTeX)
    • Osmo (Personal Organizer)
    • Scribus (Professional Desktop Publishing, CMYK for offset printing)
    • Texmaker (LaTeX development Environment)
    • TeXstudio (LaTeX development Environment)
  • Internet:
    • Chromium (Open-source version of Google Chrome web browser)
    • Claws-mail (Mail reader)
    • Copy.com (Online files syncing)
    • Deluge (BitTorrent client)
    • FileZilla (FTP client)
    • Firefox (Web broswer, for license problems called Aurora in PixieLive)
    • Liferea (News, feed RSS reader)
    • Opera (Web browser)
    • Pidgin (Chat and istant messaging)
    • Skype (Chat, instant

messaging and VoIP client)
**Thunderbird (Mail and news reader, for license problems called EarlyBird in PixieLive)

  • Multimedia:
    • Audacity (Record and edit audio files)
    • Cheese (Take photos and videos with the webcam)
    • Mplayer (Media player)
    • Rhythmbox (Audio player and organizer)
  • Network Analysis:
    • Aircrack-ng
    • Ettercap
    • Kismet
    • Metasploit
    • Nmap
    • Reaver
    • Zenmap
    • Wireshark
  • Academic/Statistic Analisys:
    • Gnuplot
    • Octave
    • R
  • Various:
    • Docky (The finest dock no money can buy)
    • Wine (For windows programs)
    • GParted (Partition manager)


  • To install it to an USB pendrive follow this guide
  • You can change users passwords and save them with the "Save System Settings (/etc)" program
    • Default user:
      • Username: pixielive
      • Password: pixielive
    • Default root access:
      • Username: root
      • Password: toor


*If you want to tank me for my work, registering a free account at https://copy.com/?r=tEP9h1 you will obtain 20GB of free online storage and they will add 5GB to my account. *You should use the client once (the one provided with PixieLive4 is ok, or download and install it from the website) to obtain the 5GB bonus.

Download: PixieLive4.iso


  • I decline any liability for persons, property damage or especially direct, indirect, immediate or subsequent pecuniary loss which may result from the use of PixieLive4. Especially excluded is liability for hardware damage, loss of data, alteration of data, or downtime.

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1. On Friday, November 8 2013, 12:41 by REM

Thanks for your working!. I'll try it for my Poulsbo.
Greetings from Argentina!-

2. On Saturday, November 9 2013, 02:41 by REM

Sorry: Can you put it in MEGA o something like this?. There's no seeds on torrents in all day. Thanks!.

3. On Saturday, November 9 2013, 08:59 by Christian Lorandi


actually there are 5 seeders up and running, may be your ISP is filtering your torrent traffic...

Anyway, this is a link to the file on Copy.com, but don't forget to register using my referral link https://copy.com/?r=tEP9h1 to get 20GB of free storage (to obtain the 5GB bonus you must install the client at least once, or use the one provided with PixieLive): PixieLive4.iso

Thank you, Christian

4. On Friday, November 15 2013, 20:48 by KRoBot

Can you make a new How to install on HDD ???

on new version i dont have boot/initrd.gz ..

5. On Saturday, November 16 2013, 17:32 by Senza Vega

Hello from France !
Seems to me great and beautiful !
I have only a problem with my wireless card. There is not (yet) a forum ?
in fact, I do not know how and where do I must looking for ?!
Have a nice day, best regards

6. On Saturday, November 16 2013, 23:18 by Christian Lorandi
@KroBot: - You are right, I will rewrite a guide for PixieLive4 tomorrow or Monday

@Senza Vega: there is no forum, but you can use these comments.
Can you post your wireless card model please?
If possible post the output of the command "/usr/sbin/lspci -n" please, so I can check if i can compile a new kernel including the support for your card

7. On Sunday, November 17 2013, 03:51 by vergence


I tried PixieLive4 on Sony Vaio P25.
"emgdgui" doesn't show 1600x768.
I tried kernel option "Xemgd=1600x768 mem=1900mb", but there was no difference.

8. On Sunday, November 17 2013, 10:31 by Senza Vega

thanks for your answer !
The card is broadcom 802.11.n
Here is the result of /usr/sbin/lspci -n :
00:00.0 0600: 8086:0104 (rev 09)
00:02.0 0300: 8086:0116 (rev 09)
00:14.0 0c03: 8086:1e31 (rev 04)
00:16.0 0780: 8086:1e3a (rev 04)
00:1a.0 0c03: 8086:1e2d (rev 04)
00:1b.0 0403: 8086:1e20 (rev 04)
00:1c.0 0604: 8086:1e10 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 0604: 8086:1e12 (rev c4)
00:1c.3 0604: 8086:1e16 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 0c03: 8086:1e26 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 0601: 8086:1e59 (rev 04)
00:1f.2 0106: 8086:1e03 (rev 04)
00:1f.3 0c05: 8086:1e22 (rev 04)
02:00.0 0280: 14e4:4727 (rev 01)
03:00.0 0200: 1969:1090 (rev 10)
Thanks again, best regards

9. On Sunday, November 17 2013, 10:56 by vergence

I changed xorg.conf, and now i could see 1600x768 screen on vaio p25.


I'll share the xorg.conf file later.

10. On Sunday, November 17 2013, 11:03 by Christian Lorandi
@vergence: the Xemgd= chatcode was renamed to Xres= on PixieLive4 (yeah, I know that was probably a bad idea, but initially o thought to make it for every driver, when i noticed it was working correctly only for emgd i forgot to change it back to Xemgd :-D ) Christian
11. On Sunday, November 17 2013, 11:09 by Christian Lorandi
@Senza Vega: I probably found a solution for your wifi, i will compile a new kernel (with these firmwares http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/brcm80211) as soon as i get home (probably tomorrow), stay tuned
12. On Monday, November 18 2013, 09:17 by Senza Vega

thanks a lot, I appreciate that !
Best regards

13. On Monday, November 18 2013, 14:05 by Christian Lorandi
@SenzaVega: try this kernel (replace all the files contained, which are kernel, modules and firmware), and let me know


14. On Monday, November 18 2013, 14:30 by Christian Lorandi
@KRoBot: new how-to ready, check it at How-to-install-on-HDD
15. On Monday, November 18 2013, 16:47 by Senza Vega

Hello Christian,
works fine ! it's great !
I write this message with PixieLive 4
Thanks again, I explore it now.
Best regards

16. On Sunday, December 1 2013, 05:16 by vergence

@Christian Lorandi

I have tried to compile emgd kernel module of emgd-1.18 in Linux Mint 16(Linux 3.11.0-12-generic).

I think Makefile must be changed.
Can you share how you compiled emgd kernel module?


17. On Sunday, December 1 2013, 14:59 by Christian Lorandi


i never used kernels <=3.10, take a look at http://git.yoctoproject.org/cgit/cgit.cgi/linux-yocto-contrib/tree/drivers/gpu/drm/emgd?h=nitin/emgd-1.18

18. On Thursday, December 5 2013, 07:00 by dan

Noob alert!

How do I create live usb with the image. I am using ubuntu 12.04. The startup disk creater does not detect Pixilive4.iso. All help appreciated

19. On Thursday, December 5 2013, 12:17 by Christian Lorandi


take a look on the How-To install on USB Pendrive

20. On Tuesday, December 10 2013, 23:12 by szabolor

@Christian Lorandi

I really appreciate your work with pixielive, you made my vaio p enjoyable again!
Now I'd like to use emgd driver (the bottleneck of all linux on vaio p) within a "real" installable distribution.
Can you help me how could I create a permanent system with kernel >=3.8 and a working emgd driver?

Anyway I have working 1600x768 xorg.conf setting to vaio p (correct timing, sync signal, etc...).


21. On Friday, December 13 2013, 19:27 by KRoBot

Hello my friends,

how can i add the 1600x768 Resolution.

22. On Monday, December 16 2013, 09:10 by Christian Lorandi


if you are using the EMGD driver probably you can use the Xres=1600x768 cheatcode (add it after pressing [TAB] in the bootloader screen) but probably szabolor could give us more details or a better solution...


Short Answer: You can't

Long Answer:

The EMGD driver requires xorg < 1.10 which is usually difficult to have on normal distributions due to some dependencies issues.

About the emgd patches for kernel-3.8 you can find a link in my previous comments

The easiest way is to extract the PixieLive4 lzm modules into your target partition and use PixieLive4 like a standard distribution, it will take some time and manual refinements to work properly, but if you know Gentoo you can do it

Please, give us your 1600x768 solution


23. On Wednesday, December 18 2013, 13:12 by szabolor

Sorry, I am very busy nowadays (exams...)
Here is my working xorg.conf file https://gist.github.com/anonymous/8...
(the parameters are the same I use on windows, so it does not flash and does not do banding-effect like ubuntu with gma500 kernel module)

Boot with "Preserve custom xorg.conf" (or something like that) flag and just copy the file to /etc/X11/ (overwrite the previous one). Then switch to tty (ctrl + alt + f1), login as root (pwd: toor) and 'killall gdm', then 'gdm'. It worked for me ;)
Anyway the brightness control doesn't work for me,but I can't remember if it has worked ever... (TODO)
(for me the Xres=... command doesn't work at all)

@Christian Lorandi

Thank you for your answer! Could you give hints what should be manually fixed after copying the lzm file's content to the partition?
1st essential point is grub: there's nothing in /boot (at the live OS), how can I boot?
What other customization are there in the core distro (without non-essential modules)?

Basically: can you share your work as an open source project? (I would definitely contribute to an open source PixieLive!)
Now PixieLive is "half-opened, half-closed": you do things (upgrade, install, fine-tune, etc...) and publish as-is. Don't misunderstood me, what you've done is really cool, but this project is too good to be kept only for the developer.
Some detailed description of creating the core system and modules are badly needed.

Thank you for your comprehension!

24. On Thursday, December 19 2013, 08:11 by Christian Lorandi


  • about the boot directory:

after the extraction you have to create it manually and use grub-install to fill it, then you have to copy the kernel (PixieLive4/boot/vmlinuz) there and to create the grub /YOURPARTITION/boot/grub/menu.lst

but the system won't boot, properly, there is something I missed... i need to investigate... :-D

  • about releasing the source:

there is not much besides of what you can already find in PixieLive4, most of the scripts are included (they are not compiled nor obfuscated), the reason why I never released the script I use to compile the system is simple: it takes too much time to give support to users wanting to build their own PixieLive

anyway, I will setup a git repository asap with the building scripts, so at least who is interested can download everything, and possibly rewrite my ugly scripts :-)


25. On Sunday, December 29 2013, 00:09 by Daniel


It seems sony-laptop module is missing from the kernel modules. It is needed to adjust the display brightness on Sony laptops like the small P model. Can you update it to the release and also maybe compile the module so Sony P users can download it from somewhere. It seems that there is no kernel sources with Pixie?

26. On Sunday, December 29 2013, 11:36 by Christian Lorandi



are already built in the kernel, if you think it may help i could add 


the kernel source is the aufs-kernel from gentoo: https://packages.gentoo.org/package/sys-kernel/aufs-sources no additional patches were added

27. On Sunday, December 29 2013, 22:56 by Daniel


Yes I think that could help.
Take a look this site. http://www.linux.it/~malattia/wiki/...

Changing backlight brightness works with other distros I have used. They use that kernels gma500 driver but if it uses this sony chip to control the brightness then it might help. Don't know if it uses the intel way. But then it would be kind a stupid that intel's gfx driver cannot change brightness and the one in kernel (open-source can)

28. On Monday, December 30 2013, 20:37 by Christian Lorandi


try this https://copy.com/6pJ2lESkdKjV (replace it in the boot directory) and let me know if it works (I'm not sure it will work without replacing the whole lib directory, but it should)

29. On Saturday, January 4 2014, 17:37 by Daniel


Still it doesn't work. What might be the reason.
/sys/class/backlight/sony/brightness is the file what could be used to set the brightness. It just doesn't change it.

It works straight on Crunchbang linux with kernel GMA500 driver.

30. On Saturday, January 4 2014, 23:34 by xxx

Gonna try it for my Poulsbo for sure. Thanks buddy for the great work.

31. On Wednesday, January 8 2014, 18:41 by Christian Lorandi


did you try the GMA500 driver in PixieLive? you can use it by disabling binary drivers on the bootloader screen

possibly the brightness will work with that driver also on pixielive


32. On Thursday, January 9 2014, 23:08 by Daniel

dmesg shows this line.
sony_laptop: brightness ignored, must be controlled by ACPI video driver

Maybe it helps a bit.

33. On Friday, January 10 2014, 15:02 by Christian Lorandi


Try adding:

acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux

to the bootloader command line (press TAB in the blue screen and add it to the line)
34. On Thursday, February 27 2014, 21:54 by Johan

Hi. I'm trying PixieLive on a Viewsonic Viewpad 10pi tablet with the very troublesome GMA600 graphics chip (yes, I know I shouldn't even try, but there is a guy currently working with that very chip on the linux kernel, in fact the Intel Minnowboard, so there is some small hope for better 2D acceleration for future kernels). I can get PixieLive to run in graphics mode by manually modprobing gma500_gfx and then running gdm-restart. But I don't know how to automatically load the module. I can't modify the kernel arguments, because at the very time when the PixieLive blue screen shows up, my keyboard is not working. Only a few hardware buttons on the tablet itself, up, down and enter work. Using the hardware buttons, I can select to use only open source drivers, but it doesn't help. There is the same keyboard problem with the Viewsonic grub menu (the tablet is dual-boot Windows 7 and Android) . So I don't know how to force loading of the GMA module, when I can't press tab or write anything at that point.

Another problem is that the SD card on this tablet is not recognized by the kernel. It boots until the message "Live Kit init .. Looking for PixieLive4 data in /PixieLive4...." and stops with a command prompt. Booting with an USB stick works fine, but dmesg doesn't show any sign of the SD card.

35. On Sunday, March 2 2014, 17:04 by Christian Lorandi


  • about the kernel arguments: you can modify the default kernel arguments in a simple way:
    • in the bootloader screen, select the options you want (e.g. only opensource drivers),
    • now, while in the bootloader screen, before starting the boot, write down the code in the top-right corner
    • shut down the system
    • go on your computer and edit the kernel arguments in the file called PixieLive4/boot/[Code_you_wrote_down] (it's the line starting with "APPEND initrd=initrfs.img")
    • to make your configuration the default one, edit the file PixieLive4/boot/syslinux.cfg changing from "APPEND 30_40_0" to "APPEND [Code_you_wrote_down]"
    • save everything and try to boot it on your device
  • about the SD driver:
    • you can't do anything about that now, if you can indicate me which driver to include i will try to add it to the new release of PixieLive


36. On Sunday, June 29 2014, 21:36 by Jamie

Trying the custom xorg.conf with a Vaio P11Z (as getting only 80% screen usage and 20% to the right black) however not getting GUI login, dropping me straight to login terminal prompt. Any ideas? Any help much appreciated.

37. On Tuesday, July 8 2014, 07:09 by Christian Lorandi


since I don't have a Sony Vaio i cannot help without additional informations, could you put the X log (from /var/log) on pastebin.com?

than you, Christian

38. On Monday, July 21 2014, 20:45 by Jamie

Thanks for your reply - sorry for not getting back sooner, been distracted by other things! Xorg log is here after specifying cheatcode of 1600x768 ...


39. On Friday, July 25 2014, 21:26 by Christian Lorandi


unfortunately there are no errors in the log...

apparently nobody is able to get pixielive working on the Vaio P11Z

about the X reboot, i experienced the same error only when running Xorg on a system with a different architecture (running graphis drivers compiled specifically for Atoms on an AMD 64bits CPU) but theoretically your architecture should be OK so...

I'm sorry but i don't know how to help you