Zenwalk Live Changelog

New in version 7.4

April 29th, 2014
  • This is the first Zenwalk Live version that is NOT utillizing an AUFS enabled kernel but instead running unionfs in userspace via fuse on an unmodified Slackware generic kernel!
  • It will also be probably the _last_ Zenwalk Live version supporting 32bit systems and it's gonna be very likely the last Zenwalk Live Edition that I do contribute to the Zenwalk project.
  • Same as in Zenwalk Live 7.2 I decided to feature PAE for supporting more than 4 GB RAM on 32bit, but as a down side Zenwalk Live will not run on Pentium M (which lacks PAE support).
  • Also in order to support additional locales and some extra content the ISO does not fits on a CD-ROM anymore, so same as last time it's a DVD-ROM ISO release again.
  • As an extra feature I have splitted the base system having xfce now as a separate live module which allows you to even run Zenwalk Live Fluxbox Edition exclusively (without xfce4), just specify exclude=03-xfce.sxz desktop=fluxbox as a boot parameter
  • As usual Zenwalk Live comes with full support for Japanese language featuring universal input method (UIM) and the anthy conversion engine. It is powered by the latest Slackware-Live-Scripts (thanks to Frank Endres, the developer of this superb framework!).
  • Finally overall polishing and an out-of-the-box user experience and an easy to customize or rebuild live system is what you can expect from Zenwalk Live 7.4.

New in version 7.2 (October 23rd, 2012)

  • New xz compression squashfs 4.0 (now in vanilla kernel)
  • All new simple Installer and Live-scripts
  • On-the-fly optional live module activation during the running live session, thanks to aufs3 and my loader script
  • Persistent changes feature is now supported, even over network shares!
  • Besides standard Zenwalk package set, ZenLive provides some additional packages for more functionality
  • Additional language packs & full Japanese language input support
  • (should work for Korean and Chinese languages too)
  • Fluxbox window manager and related apps now included in ZenLive ISO to provide an alternative to Xfce4
  • nouveau driver included in kernel 3.2.5 is now enabled by default,
  • providing a _good_ 3D acceleration performance and support for a wide range of NVidia Cards (no need to ship the proprietary driver anymore )
  • Broadcom wifi STA proprietary driver (wl.ko) is shipped with this release as optional live module
  • New bootsplash theme (yes, still good old bootsplash; plymouth caused problems during my tests)
  • finally updated ZenLive manual addressing the changes introduced by switching to Slackware-live-scripts (don't expect a detailed guide, but the essentials are covered )

New in version 7.0 (May 9th, 2011)

  • Zenwalk Live 7.0 is based on the sophisticated Slackware-Live-Scripts,
  • being the first distribution using the brand new and not yet
  • official released version 0.3.3
  • Zenwalk Live consists of standard Zenwalk ISO packages following the main
  • Zenwalk release with the latest XFCE desktop and applications
  • and is shipped with a new artwork theme, additional localization
  • packages for icecat/icedove and the nvidia proprietary driver.
  • It also comes with full support for inputing and displaying Japanese.
  • You'll get the latest stable version software incl. the most recent
  • patches and bugfixes that have been released until now.
  • It comes equipped with a "live" kernel patched to support aufs2,
  • lzma compressed squashfs 4.0, bfs-scheduler and bootsplash.
  • With ZenLive 7.0 the "persistent changes" feature is back.
  • Also with this release local hard disc drives can now be mounted as
  • normal user whitout the need of suing to root.
  • It's possible to install the running Live-system to the hard disc drive
  • or even transfer the live-CD into a bootable USB stick by using the
  • included installer scripts.
  • Supported boot parameters for ZenLive 7.0 are:
  • - copy2ram=yes (to copy live-environment into the RAM and run from there)
  • - exclude=MODULE_NAME.lzm (to exclude a non optional module from beeing
  • loaded)
  • - home=PATH_TO_STORAGE (to store persistent changes onto a local drive or
  • file)
  • - include=nvidia-new-driver.lzm (to load optional nvidia-driver module)
  • - keymap=xx (to use this keyboard layout)
  • - locale=xx.UTF-8 (to use this language)
  • - rootpw=PASSWORD (to set individual root password and enabling root
  • access)
  • - runlevel=x (to boot into Runlevel x instead of standard RL4 with Xorg)
  • - sli=yes|no (to have the installer script available/unavailable during
  • the live session)
  • - useswap=yes|no (to enable or disable the usage of local swap
  • partition/file if found on the system)

New in version 6.4 (August 26th, 2010)

  • Livekernel with aufs and squashfs3.4 inc. lzma compression
  • Scripts and tools that are needed for creating and running the live environment
  • ash
  • a few localizations for icecat/icedove
  • the sazanami-fonts and uim + anthy as input method to support Japanese language display/input
  • a unique custom theme for bootsplash and GDM

New in version 6.0 (May 12th, 2009)

  • Faster boot (tuned init scripts, with realtime I/O scheduler)
  • New Control Panel with integrated Disk Manager, Wifi and Wired Network Manager
  • Gksu keyring based desktop granting system
  • PAM authentication has been added to the system
  • New Netpkg with orphan dependencies and "offline operation" support
  • The powerful Exaile music jukebox has been added
  • Gthumb has replaced Gqview and Gtkam for viewing images and importing them from your camera
  • The Lightning PIM extension for Icedove is installed by default
  • New artwork