15 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Salix Linux

Salix is a Slackware-based Linux distribution that is simple, fast, easy to use and compatible with Slackware Linux.

Optimised for desktop use, Salix OS features one application per task, custom package repositories, advanced package management with dependency support, localised system administration tools and innovative artwork.

The Salix project, a desktop oriented distribution based on Slackware, has released a new development snapshot. The new testing release, Salix 14.2 Beta 1 “Xfce”, features an update to the distribution’s boot process and includes a number of software changes.

So here it is, Salix Xfce 14.2beta1. There has been some time since our alpha release and there are a lot of new and interesting things.

The first thing you will notice, is that when booting one of the iso images you don’t get a boot prompt anymore. What you get is a boot menu and the menu offers options to install Salix in several different languages. So you can now install Salix, not only in English, but using your own language as well! Most of the translations are only partially complete at this point, but you can help with the tranlation effort so that everything will be complete by the time we finally release 14.2.

In order to have the installation procedure completely translated you need to provide translations for the following resources at the Transifex project page for Salix:
– salix-installer: https://www.transifex.com/gapan/salix/salix-installer/
– salixtools: https://www.transifex.com/gapan/salixtools/dashboard/
– liloconfig: https://www.transifex.com/gapan/salix/liloconfig/
– eliloconfig: https://www.transifex.com/gapan/salix/eliloconfig/

The menus that the images boot to are provided by syslinux on systems equiped with BIOS. On UEFI systems, the 64-bit iso now boots using elilo, in place of grub, and it provides similar menus to syslinux. The 32-bit iso now includes both the i586 non-PAE and the i686 PAE kernels. You can choose between the two in the boot menu.

In terms of software selection, Xfce has been upgraded to 4.12. The main browser has been changed back to Firefox. Also, network configuration is now handled by NetworkManager. Pulseaudio is now controlling the audio output by default, which should help a lot with bluetooth speakers, HDMI audio etc. Other than that it’s mostly the same as in previous releases, with LibreOffice, Claws-Mail, Gimp, Parole, Transmission, Viewnior, Zim etc. Everything has been upgraded to their latest release at this point. Of course, the usual collection of Salix System Tools is included as well.

The artwork has been updated too. There is a new default background and the default widget theme is now Adwaita.

There is still some work to be done until the final release. The revamped installer still needs some polishing and there are probably going to be some new system tools to play with.

You can download this beta release either from Sourceforge, or using a torrent client with the following links:

Salix Xfce 14.2beta1 (32-bit, i586/i686)
(size: 955MB, md5: 8533a807ba865070dcba1092e7740c6e)
– Sourceforge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/salix/ … o/download
– Torrent: http://people.salixos.org/gapan/iso/sal … so.torrent

Salix64 Xfce 14.2beta1 (64-bit, x86_64)
(size: 912MB, md5: a7332d76160d0104ab560a1515dbaed4)
– Sourceforge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/salix/ … o/download
– Torrent: http://people.salixos.org/gapan/iso/sal … so.torrent


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