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Friday, October 1, 2010

Salix OS • View topic - Salix LXDE edition 13.1 has been released

Salix LXDE edition 13.1 has been released! Based on Slackware 13.1, it features the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, "an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment", with a clean look and feel. The main applications that complete the LXDE experience are the lightweight and fast PCManFM file manager and the popular Openbox window manager.

As with the standard, XFCE edition, this iso allows installation to be performed in three different modes, core, basic and full. The core mode installation is identical to the one you get from the XFCE edition. Basic will only install a minimal LXDE desktop with only midori and gslapt installed as extra and full will install everything that is included in the iso. That includes the lightweight Midori web browser, that uses the powerful webkit engine and the Claws-mail e-mail client, along with the Transmission torrent client and the Pidgin instant messaging client. Also included are the Abiword word processor, the Gnumeric spreadsheet and the epdfview pdf reader. The Whaawmp! Media Player is used as the main media application and is accompanied by the powerful Exaile music player/manager and the Brasero disc burning application. Viewnior is the default image file viewer and mtpaint can be used for editing them. The full set of the Salix system tools are of course included in this release.

Users are able to use the Gslapt package manager, or the command line equivalent slapt-get, to install extra software in their systems from Slackware and Salix repositories, with complete support for dependency resolution.

The iso image can be downloaded from our Sourceforge project page (464MB): ... o/download
(md5sum: 261e043d58809bbd525bb8490ba0317d)

or by using a torrent client: ... so.torrent

As with every Salix release the full sources are available in the form of a source DVD iso image. This can be also downloaded from our Sourceforge project page (779MB): ... o/download
(md5sum: 13061a1b398f0cd92dbdbe1451e88d9f)


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About Salix

Salix is a linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast and easy to use. Salix is also fully backwards compatible with Slackware, so Slackware users can benefit from Salix repositories, which they can use as an "extra" quality source of software for their favorite distribution. Like a bonsai, Salix is small, light & the product of infinite care.


  • one application per task on the installation ISO
  • fully backwards compatible with Slackware
  • optimized for desktop usage
  • high quality package repositories with dependency support
  • incredibly fast package tools
  • simple & fully localized system administration tools
  • nice artwork
  • installation ISO fits on a single CD
  • supports 32-bit and 64-bit architectures

Installation modes

Salix has three different modes of installation:

  1. Full: Everything that is included in the iso is installed. That includes the Xfce desktop environment, the Firefox web browser and Claws-mail email client, a complete office suite, a Java Runtime Environment, the Parole media player and Exaile music manager, the gslapt package manager and several other applications, always following the "one application per task" rationale.
  2. Basic: This installs only the Xfce desktop environment with the Firefox web browser and the gslapt package manager. Ideal for advanced users that would like to install a lightweight Xfce and add their own choice of applications.
  3. Core: Only the minimum essentials for a console system to start are included. A graphical environment is not provided. This is ideal if you are an experienced user and want to customize your installation for any specific purpose, such as a web server, file server etc.

The installation is text dialog based, but easy to navigate and complete. It is also very fast; a "full" mode installation will take less than 5 minutes on any modern PC. All three installation modes come with a complete development environment, so users don't need to add anything to start developing and compiling applications.


Salix is developed by an open community of volunteers and contributors all over the world. To learn more about the people behind Salix take a look at our team page.

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