Salix OS KDE 14.0.1 / 14.1 Beta 1
Availability and boot options
It is distributed as two Live DVD ISO-hybrid images, allowing users to burn them to blank DVD discs using any CD/DVD burning software or write them to USB flash drives using Disks or UNetbootin applications. Both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures are supported at this time.
Just like any other Salix OS edition, this one features a basic, text-mode boot prompt that allows users to start the installation process (also in text mode) or enter specific boot parameters. In addition, it can be used as a rescue CD, simply by exiting the installation at the main menu.
Text mode installation process in the style of Slackware
To install Salix OS KDE, you will have to select a keyboard layout, choose between the step-by-step or automatic installation (recommended) methods, select the target drive and format it, select the source media from which to install Salix, and choose an installation mode: Full (recommended), Basic and Core.
When all the packages are installed, you will also have to configure and install the bootloader, set the hardware clock, choose a timezone and locale, enable or disable numlock on boot, create a new user, and select a repository mirror.
Beautiful and modern desktop environment (yet resource hungry), lightweight apps
The KDE desktop installed in this edition of Salix OS provides users with a familiar setup comprised of a single taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can access the main menu, launch apps, and switch between virtual workspaces.
Default applications include the Krita digital painting software, Gwenview image viewer, Kopete instant messenger, KTorrent BitTorrent client, QupZilla web browser, Clementine audio player, K3b CD/DVD burning software, Dragon Player video player, and Calligra office suite.
In conclusion, Salix OS KDE is a decent and stable Linux distribution that provides users with a Slackware-based operating system powered by the modern and eye-candy KDE desktop environment. It has been designed from the ground up to be used on mid-range computers and high-end machines.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on April 15th, 2014
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- One major change since our 13.37 KDE release, that is immediately evident to the user, is that the default browser is now QupZilla, in place of Mozilla Firefox. QupZilla is a Qt-based browser that uses the webkit rendering engine that is fast, feature complete and standards compliant and it fits perfectly inside KDE.
- The Calligra office suite is also available and has replaced KOffice. Calligra is made up of several applications closely tied to KDE, including a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation program, a chart and graph creator, a vector graphics tool, a database report creator, a flowcharting program, an integrated data management program, a pixel graphics editor and a mathematical formula editor.
Application descriptionSalix is a freely distributed and open source Linux operating system based on Slackware. It is simple, fast and easy t...