Salix Xfce 14.0 Is Officially Announced, Sticks with GTK+2

The developers based the distribution on Linux kernel 3.2.29

By on November 27th, 2012 08:18 GMT

Salix, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast, easy to use, and based on XFCE desktop environment, is now at version 14.0.

The developer of Salix OS 14.0, The Salix OS Team, has explained that there are significant changes compared to the previous 13.37 Xfce-based release.

The most important change is about Xfce itself, which has received a major update from 4.6 to 4.10. The Xfce packages has been split in several small parts, which will make it easier for users to further customize an Xfce installation and install separate Xfce applications, in non-Xfce environments.

The Salix OS Team has chosen Midori over Firefox. The main reason has to do with the Xfce desktop environment. This Internet browser comes recommended by the developers of Xfce.

Another important decision made for this distribution was to stick only with GTK+2 applications for the default installation. Also, all the GNOME applications have been replaced by their MATE and Xfce counterparts.

Highlights of Salix OS 14.0:

• Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.2.29;
• The 32-bit ISO image only supports CPUs following the i686 architecture or newer, which also include support for PAE;
• Support for 3G mobile internet connectivity has been integrated with the help of Sakis3g, a script that makes connecting to the Internet with mobile broadband as easy as possible;
• OpenJRE 7 is included in full mode installation and OpenJDK 7 can be found in the repositories;
• C and C++ compilers provided by the GCC project are installed by default, along with Python 2.7.3 and Perl 5.16.1;
• The installer provides Salix in Full, Basic and Core modes;
• Lots of software updates were implemented, such as Claws-Mail 3.8.1, LibreOffice 3.6.3, Gimp 2.8.2, Viewnior 1.3, and many more.

A complete list of new features can be found in the official announcement.

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