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Old 11-27-2012, 12:03 PM   #1
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For busy slackers who don't want to build packages Salix OS has Sourcery


Salix OS running Slackware 14 is available. So far easy install as well as hundreds of favorite packages available for easy installation.

Slim. Fast. Ease of use. The spirit of Slackware.
 
Old 11-28-2012, 01:40 AM   #2
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BEGONE, DEMON! I cast ye OUT!

Could not resist. Should have, but didn't.

I've played with Salix. It ok, but I prefer my own customizations. All the extra stuff is nice but does hide what is happening under the hood. As for busy, I just pick software once and if it works I don't tend to upgrade unless absolutely necessary. Slackware comes with so many tools etc that I usually don't need much else.

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Old 11-28-2012, 02:47 AM   #3
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I've played with Salix 13.37 a bit, and I must say, it's the most convincing Slackware-made-easy out there. I almost made it my distro of choice, but then I'm not a "lazy Slacker" and went for the original Slackware.

Kudos to Salix.
 
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:05 PM   #4
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Geez, distro spam. Salix works fairly well but it is NOT Slackware.
 
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:10 PM   #5
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It is distro spam, but I don't mind it horribly. I used to install ubuntu on friend's computers, who weren't linux savvy. Now I throw Salix on those systems. It's like slack with someone else's tweaks already bolted in. I think the choices were tasteful for what it is.

For my own system I use slack, with all my tweaks of course.

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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Geez, distro spam. Salix works fairly well but it is NOT Slackware.
I don't quite agree. For total Linux newbies, Salix has a learning curve that's less steep than the mother distro. More importantly, I've learned quite some things taking a peek at their SlackBuild scripts. Unlike some other Slackware derivatives (Vector, Zenwalk, ...) Salix has a strict policy of publishing all sources.
 
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:05 PM   #7
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I have played with Salix in the past, it would be a good distro who wants to eventually move on to Slackware to cut their teeth on.
 
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:53 AM   #8
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I do use Salix but not for myself. I use it for less computer knowledgeable people like family and friends. I think it is a great distro, not as great as Slackware of course, but great in its own right. It's not just a rip of Slackware like some distros are, it actually does improve some things. I really like the installer for example, and the increased setup speed. I can install it faster and it is ready faster than Slackware ... perfect for family and friends. Then when they know their computer better they can switch to Slackware. I think it will help Slackware in the end.

It also has LXDE, which is the one I usually install for other people.

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Old 11-29-2012, 10:43 AM   #9
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Salix OS is in essence Slackware tailored for simplicity and speed. Yet, Gslapt and Sourcery is there for all other applications to be installed at will.

It cannot substitute her mother, but Salix OS is a good way to start on to Slackware. The installation process is indeed very surprisingly simple and fast, yet the system is already complete for the basic use (apart from idiosyncrasies) --you can feel the comfort of not over-eating the meal.

So far, Gslapt has the ability to resolve simple dependencies; but not quite the Sourcery, you still need to consult the procedures as directed in the SlackBuild.org.
 
Old 11-30-2012, 08:01 AM   #10
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I occasionally use single Salix packages on my Slackware installations. Now that I have moved to ARM I wish Salix had more custom packages for this architecture, ideally Chromium and its dependencies.
 
Old 12-01-2012, 11:20 AM   #11
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Salix works great for me !

3 months ago I installed the 13.37 version, 32 bit and I am completely satisfied. Does everything I need. I'm not bold enough to try the mother Slackware installation yet I have to have the KDE desktop. I've had perfect results with the Gslapt package manager, Soucery is neat but I've had several package errors from them. I use VLC for all my multimedia needs, I use all of LibreOffice, digiKam for all my photo work. Salix did not do a good job on the automatic partitioning of my hard drive, I had to go back with PartedMagic and optimize the HD. Otherwise, a good distro, very fast even with KDE and rock steady stable. Good job Salix !
 
Old 12-01-2012, 04:49 PM   #12
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I'm looking forward to trying Salix 14 Mate Edition.
 
Old 12-01-2012, 04:57 PM   #13
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I don't quite agree. For total Linux newbies, Salix has a learning curve that's less steep than the mother distro. More importantly, I've learned quite some things taking a peek at their SlackBuild scripts. Unlike some other Slackware derivatives (Vector, Zenwalk, ...) Salix has a strict policy of publishing all sources.
It is still NOT Slackware. Anymore that Ubuntu/Kbuntu/Funbuntu/whateverbuntu are Debian.
 
Old 12-01-2012, 06:11 PM   #14
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Quote:
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It is still NOT Slackware. Anymore that Ubuntu/Kbuntu/Funbuntu/whateverbuntu are Debian.
WRONG!

If you had said:
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It is still NOT Slackware. Anymore than Kubuntu is Ubuntu
I would have agreed with you.

If you had said:
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It is still NOT Slackware. Anymore than slackbuilds.org is Slackware
I would have agreed with you.

But it is clear you don't know what Salix is and what it represents. Salix makes a point that everything in it is compatible with Slackware and that compatibility goes both ways. It's not just loosely "based on Slackware" like others are. And one of the primary goals of Salix is to function as an extra binary package repository for Slackware users. This is out of respect for Slackware. It doesn't leech off Slackware. What it gives back is the largest extra binary package repository for Slackware that exists.

Ubuntu is not at all compatible with Debian, it never was and that never was a goal of ubuntu. It just borrows debian technology. There was never any guarantee that any ubuntu specific package would work on Debian. So, your comment is completely out of place.
 
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:51 AM   #15
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I tried Salix some time ago. I used it on my secondary/test PC for several months. I don't have it installed anymore, but I think it's a nice distribution and does what it claims. I recommended it several times to newbies. For some, it was the first step into the Slackware world. Luckily Salix makes that transition pretty painless. But it's still Slackware enough for me to feel at home when it gets to solving problems.

Kudos to Salix team for the great job.
 
  


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