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Salix

Last Update: 2019-05-18 01:55 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: 0 (52), 6 months: 0 (53), 3 months: 0 (51), 4 weeks: 0 (55), 1 week: 0 (49)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 38 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.htmlLinuxTracker.org
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 (1.1.9) 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 (5.0) 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 3.1
bind (9.15.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
chromium (74.0.3729.157) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.1.4 1.5.4 1.5.4 1.4.6 1.4.3 1.3.11
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.45.1) 1.43.1 1.42.8 1.42.6 1.41.14 1.41.11 1.41.8
firefox (66.0.5) 45.4.0 -- -- 5.0 3.6.3 3.5.6
freetype (2.10.0) 2.6.3 2.5.0.1 2.4.11 2.4.4 2.3.12 2.3.9
gcc (9.1.0) 5.3.0 4.8.2 4.7.1 4.5.2 4.4.4 4.3.3
gimp (2.10.10) 2.8.18 2.8.6 2.8.2 2.6.11 2.6.8 2.6.8
glibc (2.29) 2.23 2.17 2.15 2.13 2.11.1 2.9
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- --
gtk (3.24.8) 2.24.31 2.24.20 2.24.10 2.24.4 2.18.9 2.14.7
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
k3b (19.04.1) -- -- -- 2.0.2 -- --
kmod (26) 22 15 9 -- -- --
krita (4.1.8) -- -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.2.3) 5.1.4 4.2.0 4.0.3 3.3.2 3.2.0 3.1.1
linux (5.1.3) 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 (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.14) -- -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
mesa (19.0.4) 11.2.2 9.1.7 8.0.4 7.9.2 7.8.1 7.5
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- -- 5.1.56 -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (430.14) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) 8u91 7u51 7u40 -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.3p1 6.4p1 6.1p1 5.8p1 5.5p1 5.2p1
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.0.2j 1.0.1f 1.0.1e 0.9.8r 0.9.8n 0.9.8k
perl (5.28.2) 5.22.2 5.18.1 5.16.3 5.12.3 5.10.1 5.10.0
php (7.3.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.6.6 2.6.4 2.6.2
qt (5.12.3) -- -- -- 4.7.0 -- --
samba (4.10.3) 4.4.5 4.1.4 3.6.8 3.5.8 3.5.2 3.2.15
systemd (242) -- -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (60.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.1) 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2
vlc (3.0.6) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.10.2 4.10.0 4.6.2 4.6.1 4.6.1
xorg-server (1.20.4) 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: 10
Date: 2019-04-23
Votes: 18


Outstanding distro that is just as good as Slackware but with some tweaking and conveniences ready out of the box.


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Version: 14.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-28
Votes: 85


I've been using Slackware for around 20 years, looked at other Distro's over that time, the *buntus annoyed me with bloat, and I saw little advantage of them over Windows other than maybe reliability, Redhat and derivatives never rung my bell, and Debian was my second choice, with a lot of nice stuff. Now my new laptop at the time was running windows 8, and one day when I turned it on, it was in the process of updating to 8.1. That was it, I ran Salix off a usb stick for a month, and then installed it onto the main hdd, been using it ever since, and absolutely love it.

The ability to use Slackware packages and documentation is brilliant, unfortunately the laptop has died, so now I'm looking at Salix 14.2.1 and it looks like the goodness still exists, can't wait to put it on my hdd.

While it's not a drop in replacement for windows, I think it is much more user friendly, and many times faster, well worth the time spent getting your head around it. Every day you say thanks for the speed :)


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Version: 14.2.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-28
Votes: 50


This is just lovely!

Good old Slackware made more friendly.

It has Sysvinit, automatic dependencies checking with slapt-get (terminal) or Gslapt (graphical), or build your packages from source with slapt-src (terminal) or Sourcery (graphical). You'll find many things on the ports.
Xfce is well behaved and configured with good selection of default packages, many good ones available to install, though not all the packages one would find on Debian based distros. Super stable and fast, has 32 and 64 bit. True Unix way. Install codecs graphically with a few clicks. Detected all my hardware and so on.
Perfect!


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