Zenwalk Changelog

New in version 7.4

February 14th, 2014
  • 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.
  • As usual most packages have been updated:
  • LibreOffice 4.1.3
  • Gimp 2.8.10
  • XFCE 4.12GIT
  • Thunderbird 24.3.0
  • Firefox 27.0
  • Kernel 3.10.25 with performance tweaks
  • Zenwalk 7.4 setup tool set has support to install the system on an UEFI PC (note that the bios has to be put in legacy mode temporary to boot the install CD).

New in version 7.4 Beta 1 (December 6th, 2013)

  • LibreOffice 4.1.1
  • Gimp 2.8.6
  • XFCE 4.12GIT
  • Thunderbird 24.1.0
  • Firefox 25.0.1
  • Kernel 3.10.20 with performance tweaks

New in version 7.2 (October 12th, 2012)

  • After several months of rescheduling we think it's time to let this new jet fly. Zenwalk 7.2 is loyal to it's design : providing 1 application per task, everything needed to work / play / code / create, in a single 700MB ISO image, through a 10 minutes automatic install process on any recent computer. Zenwalk is aimed to be really fast in the club of "modern desktop" Linux systems, due to many optimizations at different levels : kernel, applications, desktop. The challenge that we faced, and made them delay the 7.2 release date, was to achieve 100% Slackware Linux compatibility while keeping most of the optimizations that were introduced during the last years of development, started in 2004. Zenwalk 7.2 runs on kernel 3.4.8 with BFS scheduler. The Zenwalk desktop is based on the XFCE 4.10 / GTK 2.24.10/3.4.4 team, with unique look and feel and perfect ergonomic integration of the application set : Libreoffice 3.6.2, Firefox/Thunderbird 15.0.1, Gimp 2.8.2 and much more... The Netpkg package manager has been improved with multiple mirrors support and better performance.

New in version 7.2 RC5 (August 29th, 2012)

  • Linux kernel 3.4.8 with BFS scheduler
  • XFCE 4.10
  • Libreoffice 3.5
  • GTK 2.24.10 and GTK 3.4.4
  • Thunderbird 14
  • Gimp 2.8
  • Firefox 14.0.1
  • Netpkg 4.9.1 with multi-mirrors support

New in version 7.0 (March 25th, 2011)

  • LibreOffice 3.3.1
  • XFCE 4.8.1
  • Icecat 3.6.15
  • Icedove 3.0.4
  • Kernel 2.6.37.4 with BFS scheduler and performance tweaks

New in version 7.0 RC3 (March 7th, 2011)

  • LibreOffice 3.3.1
  • XFCE 4.8.1
  • Icecat 3.6.13
  • Icedove 3.0.4
  • Kernel 2.6.35.11 with BFS scheduler and performance tweaks

New in version 7.0 Beta 1 (January 24th, 2011)

  • At user level, the XFCE desktop environment has been updated to the brand new 4.8.0 version, providing many improvements and new features.
  • Coming with a new VFS, XFCE 4.8.0 allows CIFS and SFTP shares browsing through the file manager, making it mostly feature equivalent to Gnome while still a lot faster.
  • The new panel has good support for transparency, and is packaged with many plugins out of the box.
  • At system level Zenwalk 7.0 BETA comes without HAL, which has been completely replaced by udev/GIO.

New in version 6.4 (May 28th, 2010)

  • Kernel 2.6.33.4
  • The brand new XFCE 4.6.2
  • New artwork (designed by JP)
  • udev 151 (faster boot, yes, it's still possible to improve Zenwalk boot time ;) )
  • Openoffice 3.2.0 (fast optimized version)
  • Xorg 7.5
  • Better internationalization
  • Gstreamer 0.10.28
  • Much more (nearly all packages are new) ….

New in version 6.4 Beta (March 30th, 2010)

  • Kernel 2.6.33.1
  • Updated version of XFCE 4.6.1
  • New artwork (designed by JP)
  • udev 151 (faster boot, yes, it's still possible to improve Zenwalk boot time ;) )
  • Openoffice 3.2.0 (fast optimized version)
  • Xorg 7.5
  • Better internationalization
  • Gstreamer 0.10.28
  • Much more (nearly all packages are new) ….

New in version 6.2 (September 7th, 2009)

  • Kernel 2.6.30.5
  • LZMA compression for packages
  • EXT4 as main filesystem
  • The new XFCE 4.6.1
  • Openoffice 3.1.0 (fast optimized version)
  • New Netpkg featuring a refined interface, rollback support and instant install with dependencies control
  • A complete set of HP printers drivers are included
  • Faster boot (tuned init scripts)
  • bus auto-detection in the installer (will choose appropriate kernel depending on the architecture, sata, pata, scsi)

New in version 6.2 Beta (July 25th, 2009)

  • Kernel 2.6.30.2
  • EXT4 as main filesystem
  • The new XFCE 4.6.1
  • Openoffice 3.1.0 (fast optimized version)
  • GRUB2 boot loader with automatic configuration (will detect all your partitions, including alien OS)
  • New Netpkg featuring a refined interface, rollback support and instant install with dependencies control
  • Faster boot (tuned init scripts)
  • bus auto-detection in the installer (will choose appropriate kernel depending on the architecture, sata, pata, scsi)

New in version 6.0 (March 7th, 2009)

  • This release comes with the biggest changelog in the history of the project to offer many new features and optimizations. We spent the 2 last month polishing the desktop around the new Xfce 4.6, making sure that this brand new version is well integrated into Zenwalk 6.0. We also replaced GNOME Office with our lightweight and optimized version of OpenOffice.org 3.0.1, split in two packages. The Totem movie player is also part of the adventure, replacing MPlayer, which is still available from our growing package repository.

New in version 6.0 RC1 (March 1st, 2009)

  • Kernel 2.6.28.7 with gspca (supports many USB webcams)
  • XFCE 4.6
  • Faster boot (tunned init scripts, with realtime I/O scheduler)
  • PAM authentication has been added to the system
  • Wicd is becoming the main network configuration tool
  • Openoffice 3.0.1 replaces Gnome Office
  • Improved suspend/hibernate, with XFCE Power Manager
  • new Netpkg with orphan dependencies and "offline operation" support
  • New Zenpanel with integrated Disk Manager, Wifi and Wired Network Manager
  • Gksu keyring based desktop granting system
  • New artwork
  • Many new applications

New in version 5.4 Beta 1 (December 26th, 2008)

  • This beta version is a good preview of the upcoming Zenwalk 5.4, as we are mostly waiting for Xfce 4.6 final. The most important changes: Linux kernel 2.6.27.10 with gspca (supports many USB webcams); Xfce 4.6-beta2; faster boot; PAM authentication has been added to the system; wicd has become the main network configuration tool; improved suspend and hibernate with Xfce power manager; new Netpkg with orphan dependencies and 'offline operation' support; new Zenpanel with integrated disk manager, WiFi and wired network manager; Gksu keyring based desktop granting system; new artwork; many new applications.