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"We are very pleased to announce the immediate dual release of Salix Live 13.1.1 as well as Salix Live 13.1.1 LXDE edition. Both live CDs closely match their respective counterparts - Salix 13.1.1 standard release and Salix 13.1.1 LXDE edition, with the added inclusion of all bug fixes and security updates that have since been made available. As with previous versions, Salix Live is based on the tried and proven Linux-Live scripts that have been natively upgraded to support kernel 126.96.36.199 along with the latest Squashfs 4.0 with LZMA compression and Aufs2 file system. LiveClone utility is a new addition that has also been natively developed to assist you with the creation of your very own customized live CDs or USB drives."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 2
Attractive if you can get it to work
The following review is of the live CD version. I have left in here because I don't know whether the problems mentioned still exist. I have since tried the ordinary version (LXDE) with great success. Read my review of that and, if you want to try Salix, avoid the live CDs.
The installer was simple and very fast, up to the final point where the Lilo boot-loader should have been created; it then failed, with no real explanation. I was dumped into a CLI where nothing seemed to work, including init and shutdown, so I had to reset the computer.
Since I was installing this alongside another distro, I was able to launch it from grub. The single CD had managed to provide a good range of software, even OpenOffice and Gimp. The result was impressive. The package installer worked well. Media codecs could be installed with one click and the player (Parole, new to me, and very nice) played all the formats I tried perfectly. Of course, if I had not had another distro already installed, I would never have seen all this!
A further problem arose when I discovered that I had an American keyboard installed. The xfce keyboard tool had no effect; or rather it did set the keyboard (as revealed by setxkbmap) but it was being overridden by something else. The users forum revealed that this could be cured by editing two files in /etc and re-running hal. At this point I decided that I'd wasted enough time.
The forum has just 480 members; like a number of small distros, Salix clearly suffers from having too few developers. If they test it, it will work, but there's no guarantee that they will.