Salix is an open source, free and well-made operating system based on the Slackware Linux distribution and built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment, which uses a traditional layout.
Available for download as a dual-arch Live CD and installable-only CDs
First of all, we should mention that this the first edition of Salix, which is no longer maintained by the Salix developers. It is available for download as a dual-arch Live CD ISO image, as well as installable-only ISOs for the 32-bit and 64-bit instruction set architectures.
Arriving at the boot prompt, immediately after booting the ISO images from the BIOS of a PC, the user must hit the Enter key to start the text-based installation when using the installable-only CDs.
On the other hand, the Live CD will give you the possibility to try the operating system without installing anything on your computer. It supports various languages and allows you to change boot options, run a memory test or boot an existing OS from the first disk drive.
An easy to install operating system
If you want to permanently install Salix on a computer, we feel obliged to inform you that the text-mode installer is not that scary and will require you to choose a keyboard layout and target drive, select the installation source and an installation method, configure and install the bootloader, setup the timezone, enter a root (system administrator) password, as well as to set up users and passwords.
Overall, Salix is a really great operating system for Slackware fans who want to try something new. And, above all, it is fully backwards compatible with the official Slackware Linux software repositories.
Our suggestion is to try the Live CD first and then grab one of the installable-only ISO images, for your architecture, to permanently install the operating system.