Are there too many Linux distributions these days? Absolutely. Specifically, there are far too many operating systems based on other operating systems. If I see another Linux distribution based on Debian or Arch, I swear I will literally throw up.
Slackware-based Linux distros, however, are much less common these days, so such distros certainly deserve some attention. Today, the Slackware-based Salix 15 becomes available for download. This Linux-based operating system uses the Xfce 4.16 desktop environment and the 5.15.63 kernel. Along with Flatpak support, this version of the distro comes with great software pre-installed, such as Firefox 102 ESR, GIMP 2.10, and LibreOffice 7.4. Believe it or not, there are even versions for 32-bit and 64-bit processors!
“This release includes Xfce 4.16 as the main environment! It’s now based on GTK+3 and almost everything that comes with a default install has been upgraded to use GTK+3. This includes all of our graphical system tools, which have received significant updates and a more modern look. Whiskermenu is now used as the default panel menu. There have been long discussions in our forums regarding the look of the new version and everything has been overhauled, including including a new GTK theme, a new icon theme, a new window manager theme, and a default wallpaper,” explains the development team.
The developers add, “One of the reasons it took so long to make this release is that our software repositories are now full of packages. We’ve built thousands of packages in a huge effort and those- ci are available for immediate installation via the Gslapt package manager.The package repositories for 15.0 are larger than all of our previous releases combined!The installer has received several updates under the hood, but on the surface , this is the same classic text dialog-based installer we’ve always had. Thanks to our wonderful community of translators, it’s now available in multiple languages.”
As mentioned earlier, Salix 15 can be available in your choice of two variants – 32-bit and 64-bit. Almost all modern computers should support the latter, with only really old (obsolete) machines actually requiring the former. You can download the appropriate ISO using the links below.
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