Zenwalk Live is an open source project specifically designed for people who just want to test the Zenwalk Linux distribution before installing it or just use it as-is from a portable media device, such as a USB stick. It is built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment and designed for low-end systems.
Zenwalk is an open source GNU/Linux operating system derived from the well known Slackware Linux distribution. By default, new Zenwalk releases are distributed only as Installable DVDs, and later available for download as Live DVDs.
Availability, supported architectures and boot options
The distribution is available for download as a single Live DVD ISO image that can be easily burned to a blank DVD disc using any CD/DVD burning software or written to a USB flash drive using Disks or UNetbootin apps. It can be used on either 32-bit or 64-bit hardware platforms and can be installed to a local disk.
Several languages are supported by the bootable medium, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, German, Danish, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, and Japanese. In addition, users can choose between graphical or text-mode live sessions of the distribution.
Custom Xfce desktop and great selection of apps
As mentioned, Xfce is in charge of the graphical session in this Live edition of the Zenwalk Linux operating system, providing users with a beautiful and modern desktop environment that comprises a top panel for accessing the main menu, launching apps and interacting with running programs, as well as a dock located on the bottom edge of the screen.
Default applications include the Thunar file manager, Geany IDE, GIMP image editor, Geeqie image viewer, GMusicBrowser audio player, ISO Master CD image editor, MPlayer video player, Xfburn CD/DVD burning utility, Gajim instant messenger, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Transmission torrent downloader, gFTP file transfer client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, and LibreOffice office suite.
Summing up, Zenwalk Live is a really great project. It designed from the ground up to be used by people who just want to test the Zenwalk operating system without installing anything on their computers.