Slackel Openbox 6.0, a distribution based on Slackware and Salix that uses the Salix tools and packages, is now available for download and features quite a few changes.
As the name implies, Slackel Openbox is based on Openbox, which is a very light and configurable window manager. Although it’s not actually a desktop environment, it’s one of the lighter solutions that can be integrated into a distribution.
As it was to be expected, Slackel Openbox 6.0 is based on Linux kernel 3.10.30, which is not exactly one of the newest kernels available. The advantage of using a slightly older Linux kernel is that it’s already proven as very stable and it already had quite a of updates.
Also, the images for the32-bit architecture include both PAE and non-PAE kernels, which will ensure compatibility with older hardware that might still be today in use.
“The ncurses installer includes the option to install Lilo or Grub boot loader. After installation users can use grubconfig utility to reinstall grub or change the boot loader from LILO to GRUB. Users can also use update-grub to update grub menus any time they upgrade their kernel or install other Linux distribution. The os-prober tool is used to probe for other operating systems and to update GRUB menus,” notes the developer in the announcement.
Other packages included in Slackel Openbox 6.0 are Midori 0.5.7 (a very light Internet browser that has a very limited set of features, making this more of a compromise than a choice), Claws-Mail 3.9.2 (an email client that also provides more basic functionalities than anything else), Transmission, SpaceFm, Openjre-77u51, rhino, icedtea-web, Pidgin 2.10.9, Gftp 2.0.19, and Wicd.
The office applications included in the Slackel Openbox 6.0 distro also reflect this Spartan look and feel of the distribution and consist of Abiword 3.0.0, Gnumeric 1.12.2, and ePDFviewer.
Whaawmp is the default movie player and Exaile 3.3.2 is used to manage the music collection. Those apps are accompanied by Asunder Cd ripper, Bracero, and a few others.
All Slackel distributions are based on Slackware and Salix, but the developers are making their own personal blend. Slackel is also called the Hellenic Linux Distribution due to the fact that it's built in Greece.
Slackel Openbox 6.0 was developed for the 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and the images can be easily burned on a CD, or they can be used from a regular USB stick.
Download Slackel Openbox 6.0 right now from Softpedia.