14.1+ Beta 1 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A custom operating system based on the well known Salix OS Linux distribution and using the Xfce desktop environment

editor's review




SalixBang is an open source project that provides users with a remix version of the Salix OS Linux operating system featuring a great selection of popular open source applications, different from those provided in the official Salix OS Linux distribution. It uses a custom Xfce setup as its default and only desktop environment.

Distributed as an installable only DVD for 64-bit platforms

This custom operating system is distributed as an installable only DVD ISO image specifically designed to support only 64-bit (amd64) hardware platforms and applications. It must be burned onto a DVD disc or written on a USB flash drive in order to boot it from the BIOS of a computer.

Standard boot menu

While the boot menu is identical with the one used on the Salix OS Xfce operating system, it will allows the user to enter additional kernel parameters for special devices and hardware components, start the installer, as well as to rescue a broken operating system.

Standard text-mode installer à la Salix OS

Nothing new here either, as the operating system uses the same text-mode installer used in all Salix OS editions (do not confuse with the Live editions of Salix OS, which allow you to try the distribution without installing anything).

Custom Xfce desktop environment with top-notch apps

As mentioned, this distro’s desktop environment is powered by Xfce, a custom version of it that uses a top panel for accessing the main menu and opening applications, as well as a bottom dock for interacting with running programs and launching your favorite apps.

Default applications include the Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Exaile music player, GNOME MPlayer video player, Gslapt package manager, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, Transmission BitTorrnet client and LibreOffice office suite.

Bottom line

Summing up, this is a simple respin of the Salix OS Linux distribution, originally created only as a copy of the developer’s current Salix OS installation. However, it can be installed by anyone who likes what the SalixBang developer did with the Xfce desktop environment.

SalixBang was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on June 2nd, 2014
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