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Salix OS 13.1 "LXDE"
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Description: "Salix OS 13.1 LXDE edition has been released. Based on Slackware Linux 13.1, it features the lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, with a clean look and feel. The main applications that complete the LXDE experience are the lightweight and fast PCManFM file manager and the popular Openbox window manager. As with the standard Xfce edition, this CD image allows installation to be performed in three different modes - core, basic and full. The core mode is identical to the one you get from the Xfce edition. Basic will only install a minimal LXDE desktop with only Midori and gslapt installed as extra and full will install everything that is included on the CD image. That includes the lightweight Midori web browser, the Claws-mail e-mail client, the Transmission BitTorrent client and the Pidgin instant messaging client."
Keywords: Slackware-based LXDE PCManFM Openbox Midori

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Old 11-29-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: Attractive distro with a good repository of stable programs
Cons: A little more thought needed to install than some (but not too much)

This is actually a review of 13.1.1, the current release.

Having had problems installing the live CD, I tried again with the installation only disk (dead CD?). The problems I'd had with the live CD were not experienced here.

The installer is fast and, if not as elegant as those of Fedora and Ubuntu, easy. One warning: make sure you think before you type, as there is no "go back and do that again" function. That is particularly important when you install the boot-loader lilo. Don't choose the expert option unless you are absolutely certain that you are an expert, for you if you can't answer the questions there's no going back to the automatic installation without rebooting. As said in the documentation, you can choose between a full installation or a minimal system (GUI or CLI) to which you can add applications later.

The full installation gives a good selection of software appropriate to a lightweight desktop: gnome office, midori browser, claws email, pidgin, mtpaint, geany, exaile audio, and whaaw video. Although Salix does not support Gnome, it does add Gnu software to its Slackware legacy, including gnucash.

Some people criticise the gslapt package manager for not sorting programs by category, but it is very fast compared with the Ubuntu and Fedora installers.

Media codecs can be installed from the menu and they all work. The video player parole that I'd admired is here replaced by whaa. This has the tendency to go black if you choose full-screen or fast-forwards. I replaced it with mplayer. Why do so many distros have a poor default player (think totem)?

I chose this version partly to try LXDE. I think that still has a way to go, and I'd recommend Xfce.

If you want the stability of Slackware without the hassle, Salix can now be considered a viable option, along with Vector and Zenwalk. In fact, I'm posting this from Salix.


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