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.
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.
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.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on May 30th, 2014
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- Fast boot time, great hardware support, and no “nonsense colorful installer with dancing dolphins” : only usability matters.
- Zenwalk 7.4 is still fully compatible with Slackware packages.
- The XFCE desktop environment has been updated version 4.12 GIT, providing a good overview of the upcoming 4.12 final. This intermediate version has been fully tested during 4 months and the result can already be considered very stable (a few components of the XFCE 4.10 have been kept for stability).
- Several applications of previous Zenwalks have been replaced : Mplayer is now the multimedia player (instead of Totem), Lxdm is the display manager (instead of GDM), Xfburn is the CD:DVD burner (instead of Brasero), Geeqie is now the image viewer.
Application descriptionZenwalk is a GNU/Linux operating system designed to be simple and fast, provide one application for one task, as wel a...