Enharmonic Zen: Former Zenwalkers Do Salix OS Fork

Sep 16, 2009

The end of May the Zenwalk team came to some disagreements with its project lead Jean-Philippe Guillemin and some other team members. The result is a new distro called Salix OS.

Disagreements are not uncommon, although when Zenwalk project lead Jean-Philippe Guillemin's move to oust the previously very active team member George Vlahavas caused a number of team members to walk, the disaffection led to an entirely new distro called Salix OS. It seems team members wanted to get it back closer to Slackware.

The first Salix release (13.0) is available for download on the Salix homepage. The bonsai ("small, light and the product of infinite care") release comes in three installation versions:

  • Full installs the complete ISO with Xfce as the desktop environment, Firefox as browser and Claws-mail as the email client. It also includes OpenOffice, JRE, Totem as media player and Exaile as music manager.
  • Basic also installs the Xfce desktop with Firefox, but drops the larger components such as OpenOffice and the JRE.
  • Core installs a minimal Salix OS without a graphical interface.

Salix is currently in CD image for 32-bit systems and optimized for i486. Source code (1 GByte) is also available on DVD.

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