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A lightweight Linux distribution based on the powerful Slackware operating system

editor's review






Zenwalk is a freely distributed fork of the Slackware Linux operating system, designed from the ground up to provide users with a modern and lightweight OS that is fully compatible with official Slackware packages.

Distributed as an installable only CD

Users can download Zenwalk Linux as a single, dual-arch CD ISO image that can only be installed on a local drive, supporting both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms. A separate Live CD edition of Zenwalk is available for download on Softpedia.

Boot options

The ISO image features a minimal boot loader designed primarily for adding extra kernel parameters. The user must press the Enter key to boot the installer or the F2 key for a detailed list of boot options.

Simplified text-mode installer

While the distribution’s text-mode installer is scary at a first glance, it proves to be quite easy to use, requiring you to select a keyboard map, partition the disk (if necessary), and choose the Autoinstall option to permanently install the operating system on a local drive, and install the bootloader.

In addition, after installation, it is a must to select a language, setup the root (system administrator) password, as well as to create a new user.

Lightweight and modern desktop environment powered by Xfce

The default and only desktop environment of Zenwalk Linux is Xfce, providing users with a lightweight and modern graphical desktop interface that comprises of a single taskbar located on the upper part of the screen and a bottom dock (application launcher).

Pre-loaded with top-notch apps

The distribution is pre-loaded with some of the best open source applications on the Web, such as Mozilla Firefox web browser, LibreOffice office suite, GIMP image editor, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Geeqie image viewer, as well as Xfburn CD/DVD burning software.

Bottom line

In conclusion, if you want to use the Zenwalk Linux distribution on your home PC, we strongly suggest to first download and use Live CD edition before attempting to install this operating system.

Zenwalk was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 21st, 2015
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