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Salix

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:03 UTC


Salix is a Slackware-based Linux distribution that is simple, fast, easy to use and compatible with Slackware Linux. Optimised for desktop use, Salix OS features one application per task, custom package repositories, advanced package management with dependency support, localised system administration tools and innovative artwork.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 141 (66), 6 months: 164 (49), 3 months: 150 (50), 4 weeks: 137 (49), 1 week: 135 (45)

Average visitor rating: 8.88/10 from 34 review(s).


Salix Summary
Distribution Salix (formerly Salix OS)
Home Page http://www.salixos.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/salix-main
User Forums http://forum.salixos.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://www.salixos.org/wiki/index.php?title=Documentation
Screenshots http://picasaweb.google.com/salix.artworkDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.salixos.org/download.html
Bug Tracker http://sourceforge.net/p/salix/tickets/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-11-15: Distribution Release: Salix 14.2 "Live Xfce"
 • 2016-08-29: Distribution Release: Salix 14.2 "Xfce"
 • 2016-08-10: Development Release: Salix 14.2 RC1
 • 2016-06-15: Development Release: Salix 14.2 Beta 1 "Xfce"
 • 2014-11-04: Distribution Release: Salix 14.1 "Live Xfce"
 • 2014-09-22: Distribution Release: Salix 14.1 "Fluxbox"
 • 2014-07-27: Distribution Release: Salix 14.1 "Openbox"
 • 2014-06-01: Distribution Release: Salix 14.1 "MATE"
 • 2014-03-04: Distribution Release: Salix 14.1 "Xfce"
 • 2013-10-30: Distribution Release: Salix OS 14.0.1 "Ratpoison"
 • 2013-07-26: Distribution Release: Salix OS 14.0.1 "KDE"
 • 2013-07-17: Distribution Release: Salix OS 14.0.1 "Xfce"
 • More Salix releases...

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Feature 14.2.1 14.1 14.0.1 13.37 13.1 13.0.2
Release Date 2017-04-11 2014-03-04 2013-07-17 2011-05-12 2010-06-04 2009-12-23
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 790-790          
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Xfce Fluxbox, KDE, Xfce Xfce Xfce
Package Management TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice KOffice, LibreOffice OO.o OO.o
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i486, i686, x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual cz, da, de, en, es, gr, hu, fr, it, ja, nl, pl, pt, ru -- -- -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 14.2.1 14.1 14.0.1 13.37 13.1 13.0.2
Package 14.2.1 14.1 14.0.1 13.37 13.1 13.0.2
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.7) 1.1.1 1.0.27.2 1.0.26 1.0.24.1 1.0.23 1.0.18
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 3.1
bind (9.13.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
chromium (70.0.3538.67) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.1.4 1.5.4 1.5.4 1.4.6 1.4.3 1.3.11
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.43.1 1.42.8 1.42.6 1.41.14 1.41.11 1.41.8
firefox (63.0) 45.4.0 -- -- 5.0 3.6.3 3.5.6
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 2.5.0.1 2.4.11 2.4.4 2.3.12 2.3.9
gcc (8.2.0) 5.3.0 4.8.2 4.7.1 4.5.2 4.4.4 4.3.3
gimp (2.10.6) 2.8.18 2.8.6 2.8.2 2.6.11 2.6.8 2.6.8
glibc (2.28) 2.23 2.17 2.15 2.13 2.11.1 2.9
gnome-shell (3.30.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- --
gtk+ (3.24.1) 2.24.31 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.4 2.18.9 2.14.7
httpd (2.4.35) -- -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
k3b (18.08.2) -- -- -- 2.0.2 -- --
kmod (25) 22 15 9 -- -- --
krita (4.1.5)            
libreoffice (6.1.2) 5.1.4 4.2.0 4.0.3 3.3.2 3.2.0 3.1.1
linux (4.19) 4.4.29 3.10.17 3.2.45 2.6.37.6 2.6.33.4 2.6.29.6
Package 14.2.1 14.1 14.0.1 13.37 13.1 13.0.2
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.10) -- -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
mesa (18.2.3) 11.2.2 9.1.7 8.0.4 7.9.2 7.8.1 7.5
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- -- 5.1.56 -- --
nautilus (3.30.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (410.66) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) 8u91 7u51 7u40 -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.3p1 6.4p1 6.1p1 5.8p1 5.5p1 5.2p1
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2j 1.0.1f 1.0.1e 0.9.8r 0.9.8n 0.9.8k
perl (5.28.0) 5.22.2 5.18.1 5.16.3 5.12.3 5.10.1 5.10.0
php (7.2.11) -- -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6 2.6.4 2.6.2
qt (5.11.2) -- -- -- 4.7.0 -- --
samba (4.9.1) 4.4.5 4.1.4 3.6.8 3.5.8 3.5.2 3.2.15
systemd (239) -- -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (60.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.1) 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2
vlc (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.10.0 4.6.2 4.6.1 4.6.1
xorg-server (1.20.2) 1.18.3 1.14.3 1.12.4 1.9.5 1.7.5 1.6.3

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Version: 14.2.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-08-31
Votes: 1


Tried 14.2 i486/i586 on a Dell Latitude D610 which is really old (IDE disk interface). Auto install wiping the drive and automatically partitioning it option was not present in the menu do I had to partition it myself using the tools in the installer. Install was smooth and quick. I used 'spi' to update the system. I then searched for the packages I wanted. VLC, not installed in a binary package is available. Apache, also not installed but binary package available, Php same, no PDO drivers for either SQLite3 or MySQL(MariaDB). That is as far as I got unable to build a SQLite3/MySQL LAMP server is a show stopper for me. Why is Apache and Php present without any database drivers? RAM usage was lower than AntiX but the laptop was slower to respond than AntiX (I had this distro on this laptop for over a year).


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Version: 14.2.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-08-07
Votes: 1


Apart from an awkward install process where the installer couldn't automatically find the USB stick it was running off (fixed by selecting "Install from a hard drive partition, finding the /dev/sdX name your stick uses and typing that in and pointing it to the /salix directory), it runs very smoothly. As a first time Slackware distro it's a solid pick. No overload of applications, relatively smooth install process apart from one hiccup or two, slapt-get is nice and easy to use and enjoyable fast.

If you're like me and dread installing apps from source, I highly recommend the excellent "SlackOnly" repository, which provides pre-built binaries for everything from SlackBuilds (normally installed through Sourcery or a command line tool which i cant remember the name of right now.)


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Version: 14.2.1
Rating: 1
Date: 2018-07-21
Votes: 1


Does not work good at all on my old Compaq Presario 1200 laptop . Firefox never loads. I tried Midori light weight web browser and it never would load either. Some apps freeze up and the only way to undo it is to do a hard shutdown.


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