Salix OS Xfce Live

14.1 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A Live Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux and featuring the Xfce desktop environment

editor's review






Salix OS Xfce Live is a freely distributed operating system built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment and based on the powerful Slackware Linux distribution. This is the live edition of the Salix OS Xfce distro, which can only be installed on a local drive using a text-mode installer.

Distributed as 32-bit and 64-bit Live DVDs

The Xfce Live edition of Salix OS comes as Live DVD ISO images of approximately 800MB in size, available for download from our website or from the project’s homepage (see link above). Supported architectures include 32-bit and 64-bit.

It is a multi-language edition that supports the English, Spanish (Argentinian and Castilian), French, Danish, German, Italian, Hungarian, Turkish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Lithuanian and Swedish languages.

Boot options

From the boot menu, the user can choose a keyboard layout, change boot options (boot from an ISO, change root password, set a proxy, add custom kernel parameters, disable sound, text mode, copy to RAM, as well as to enable/disable numlock, iBus, synaptics fdi, and autologin), perform a memory test, and start the live environment.

Lightweight Xfce desktop environment with a great selection of applications

As mentioned, this Salix OS edition comes with the lightweight Xfce desktop environment, which comprises of a single taskbar on the bottom edge of the screen, allowing the user to quickly access and launch applications, as well as to interact with opened programs and windows.

Default applications include the Midor web browser, Claws Mail email client, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Remmina remote desktop client, Transmission torrent downloader, Sakis3G 3G connection manager, Wicd network manager, and gFTP file transfer client.

Additionally, the Exaile music player, ISO Master CD image editor, Parole media player, PiTiVi video editor, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, Asunder Audio-CD ripper, Thunar file manager, Gslapt package manger, Ndiswrapper wireless driver installer, Viewnior image viewer, GIMP image editor and the entire LibreOffice office suite are also installed.

Bottom line

Summing up, the live edition of Salix OS Xfce is the perfect way to try this low on resources and traditional operating system without installing anything on your computer. A graphical installer is provided on the desktop if you intend to permanently install this distro on your computer.

Salix OS Xfce Live was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on November 5th, 2014
Salix OS Xfce Live - The desktop environment of the Salix OS Xfce Live Linux operating system

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