Tomáš Matějíček announced yesterday, November 14, the immediate availability for download and testing of the second Release Candidate development version for the upcoming Slax 7.0 Linux operating system.
The most attractive feature of Slax 7.0 RC2 is, of course, the addition of the KDE Software Compilation 4.9.3 environment, which was officially announced last week, on November 6.
Slax 7.0 Release Candidate 2 fixes one of the most annoying issues with the boot installer script, related to udisks, which mounts FAT filesystems with the 'showexec' parameter, treating only Windows executable files as executable.
Here's Tomáš Matějíček's explanation, "One of the most common problem (as it seems to me) nowadays is the strange behavior of some automounting programs, such as udisks, which mount FAT filesystem with showexec parameter."
"Due to that, only files with windows extensions (BAT, COM, EXE) are treated as executable. To make it simpler, I managed to write bootinst.bat script so it executes in both Linux and Windows."
Moreover, ModemManager was added in this release, in order to make it easier for users to connect to the Internet using a modem.
"This was heavily requested by the users, I didn't realize how many people use modem internet connection," said Tomáš Matějíček in the official release announcement.
The CD is now automatically ejected every time Slax is shut down or rebooted; therefore, users will be able to easily remove the media before the actual shutdown. But, you should use a USB flash drive instead!
Last but not least, Slax 7.0 RC2 fixes some Flash Player and notification issues in Mozilla Firefox, and adds the ability to mount Windows shares in KDE.
Dowload Slax 7.0 RC2 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.