Salix OS MATE Live

13.37 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
2.6/5 9
A Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux and featuring the MATE desktop environment

editor's review





Salix OS MATE Live is a freely distributed, simple, fast and easy to use Slackware-based Linux operating system built around the classic MATE desktop environment, a clone of the GNOME 2 graphical desktop interface.

Downloadable as Live DVDs for the 32-bit and 64-bit platforms

The distribution can be downloaded from its official website or via Softpedia (see link above) as two Live DVD ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms, 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x86_64). It is translated into the English, Spanish (Castilian/Argentinian), French, Danish, Turkish, German, Swedish, Dutch, Portuguese, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Italian, Polish and Brazilian Portuguese.

Boot options

Default boot options include the ability to start the live environment with default options, perform a system memory diagnostic test using the Memtest86+ utility, change the keyboard layout, change the language to use (see above for supported languages) and save all settings to be autoloaded.

It is also possible to change various boot options, such as to run the live session in text mode, copy everything to RAM, enable or disable numlock, iBus, synaptics fdi, sound, autologin, or gfxpayload, change the root password, set a proxy, boot from an ISO image, and add custom kernel parameters.

Traditional desktop environment powered by MATE

As mentioned, this Salix OS Live edition uses MATE as its default and only desktop environment, providing users with a traditional desktop environment presented in the style of the GNOME 2 graphical desktop, using a two-panel layout.

A great selection of open source applications

Default applications include the Transmission BitTorrent client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Claws Mail email client, Remmina remote desktop client, Pidgin instant messenger, GIMP image editor, Viewnior image viewer, LibreOffice office suite, Meld diff and merge utility, Geany IDE, Exaile audio player, ISO Master CD image editor, PiTiVi video editor, and Whaaw! media player.

Bottom line

Summing up, the live edition of Salix OS MATE is here to help Salix OS fans to try the MATE desktop environment on top of a stable and reliable Slackware base without installing anything on their computers.

Salix OS MATE Live was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 2nd, 2014
Salix OS MATE Live - The desktop environment of the Salix OS MATE Live Linux operating system

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