Salix is a Linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast and easy to use. Salix is also fully backwards compatible with Slackware, so Slackware users can benefit from Salix repositories, which they can use as an "extra" quality source of software for their favorite distribution. Like a bonsai, Salix is small, light & the product of infinite care.
Salix has three different modes of installation:
1. Full: Everything that is included in the iso is installed. That includes the Xfce desktop environment, the Firefox web browser and Claws-mail email client, a complete OpenOffice.org office suite, a Java Runtime Environment, the Totem media player and Exaile music manager, the gslapt package manager and several other applications, always following the "one application per task" rationale.
2. Basic: This installs only the Xfce desktop environment with the Firefox web browser and the gslapt package manager. Ideal for advanced users that would like to install a lightweight Xfce and add their own choice of applications.
3. Core: Only the minimum essentials for a console system to start are included. A graphical environment is not provided. This is ideal if you are an experienced user and want to customize your installation for any specific purpose, such as a web server, file server etc.
The installation is text dialog based, but easy to navigate and complete. It is also very fast; a "full" mode installation will take less than 5 minutes on any modern PC. All three installation modes come with a complete development environment, so users don't need to add anything to start developing and compiling applications.
Here are some key features of "Salix OS Xfce Live":
· one application per task
· fully backwards compatible with Slackware
· optimized for desktop usage
· incredibly fast package tools
· simple & fully localized system administration tools
· nice artwork
· installation ISO fits on a single CD
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
This includes the same applications and packages as the regular Salix Xfce 13.37, 32 or 64 bits, with the following additions:
· isomaster, for managing ISO files;
· gparted, for managing partitions;
· grub2, for a beautiful boot menu and options;
· lilosetup, to repair a failed lilo boot setup;
· liveclone, for creating your own custom live CD/USB;
· persistence-wizard, for creating a persistence file in order to keep changes upon reboot in the live environment;
· remmina, for connecting to RDP server (like Windows or VirtualBox 4+), VNC server, NX server, SSH/SCP;
· salix-live-installer, for installing Salix on a hard disk.
What have been corrected since the first alpha release:
· Improve USB support using syslinux (or extlinux): no need to have the gap before the first partition anymore;
· Support partitionless USB disk;
· Fix the problem for keyboard layouts synchronisation on X11 starting;
· Fix the problem for gdm autologin on start up;
· Missing loadkeymap in grub.cfg;
· Improve proxy support;
· Grub2 "embed.cfg" use a separate partition detection than SaLT;
· Ibus option in the grub2 menu;
· "no sound" option in the grub2 menu;
· root password option in the grub2 menu;
· proxy option in the grub2 menu;
· Remmina replaces rdesktop;
· weird mountpoints was shown in the peristence wizard
· possibility to keep changes directly (without a first reboot) while setting the peristence file if it's big enough
· installation error with lilosetup in some configurations
· loopback.cfg is now fully supported, either with the limited grub2 1.98 and with the grub2 1.99+
· one can install multiple SaLT system on the same media (USB disk, harddisk, remastered CD/DVD) using the configuration in the .live file (basedir variable)
· power down/reboot problem was hanging in some situations
· no weird message "# is not a proper command" on grub menu loading
· missing header in kernelive that prevented to install VirtualBox or VMWare additions without installing kernel-source. Same for nvidia/ati prorietary drivers.
· max_loop kernel parameter has been set to 20 per default to prevent the error "could not find any free loop device" in some circumstances
· new translations
· packages updates
· some others I don't remember anymore…