Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 10th Mar 2009 23:00 UTC, submitted by DoctorPepper
Slackware, Slax The official release of Zenwalk 6.0, based off of Slackware, was recently posted at the Zenwalk website, detailing the vastest of all changelogs in the entire history of the project including an upgrade to the latest and greatest Xfce release and an updated kernel.
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Still no 64-bitness
by Vlad on Wed 11th Mar 2009 07:08 UTC
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The first time I used ZenWalk was (I believe) when its 4.0 version came out (late 2006). It was the first time I'd really used XFCE (before that I had used fluxbox extensively). I was impressed by the use of XFCE and migrated most of my systems from fluxbox. The folks at ZenWalk have done a great job making the UI clean, minimal, and crisp.

While ZenWalk 6 touts XFCE 4.6, much under the hood hasn't changed in very disappointing ways.

The included kernel and all applications are still only available in 32-bit variety. While not really a problem, when 8GB of RAM is << $100 USD I expect 64-bit support. CPU performance doesn't really suffer, but it'd be nice to take advantage of modern hardware.

The installer leaves much to be desired; the framebuffer and text interface lacks a progress bar, does not allow for formatting disks with the less-recent-than-XFCE-4.6 ext4, and demands you install the archaic (and I thought dead) LILO. You do not get to control what packages are installed.

Once in graphical mode, ZenWalk 6 is true to their legacy of beautiful graphics and clean design. The menu system is well sorted and uncluttered, the fonts look good, but the mish-mash of software gives the system an unpolished and divided feel to it, but this is by no means unique to ZenWalk. To their credit they've stuck to GPLed software, with the (only?) exception being Adobe flash.

All in all, if you really want a XFCE based Linux distribution on your modern hardware, go with Xubuntu or the Fedora XFCE spin. If you're sporting an Athlon XP, Pentium 4, or other legacy hardware, ZenWalk might be a better fit for you, especially if you want a taste of Slackware.

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RE: Still no 64-bitness
by spiderman on Wed 11th Mar 2009 10:15 UTC in reply to "Still no 64-bitness"
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All in all, if you really want a XFCE based Linux distribution on your modern hardware, go with Xubuntu

Ha ha ha, very funny.
Seriously, if you don't like XFCE and prefer GNOME but you still want to have XFCE installed and tuned to feel and act like GNOME, install Xubuntu.

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RE[2]: Still no 64-bitness
by Vlad on Fri 13th Mar 2009 05:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Still no 64-bitness"
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Why is it funny?

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Excellent News
by B12 Simon on Wed 11th Mar 2009 09:56 UTC
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Excellent news. Zenwalk is great for my preferred hardware (i.e. old PCs rescued from work).

It continues the Slackware KISS principle with just enough automation to make staying up to date easy.

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It's a shame..
by xnoreq on Wed 11th Mar 2009 11:27 UTC
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It's a shame that it doesn't work with VirtualBox.
There is a problem with the vesa driver and I've read that installing the guest additions can fix the problem, but that doesn't work either. Guess the latest kernel version isn't supported.

Edited 2009-03-11 11:31 UTC

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by 2501 on Wed 11th Mar 2009 13:36 UTC
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Well...I must say that this the best Zenwalk release so far. I can tell right away that this baby runs a lot faaaaaaaastttttter than Fedora, Ubuntu or any other distro on my laptop.

There are several things that can be improved and they have been mentioned already in the Zenwalk forums.
XFCE works beautifully as always.

Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE are awesome distros too but are a heavier for me. If you are looking for something lighter, this is the one.

But overall, it is the fastest distro so far, boot up time takes about 20 seconds ony laptop instead of 45 sec, it is simple and snappier.

Honestly, for me, the best linux distro at this moment.

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B. Janssen Member since:

Hey, dude, let it all out. It's not a shame to be afraid sometimes.

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Soulbender Member since:

stoplinux? HahaHaha. Congratulations on being just as incredibly lame as all the Windows-hating sites.

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aaronb Member since:

I'm not sure if it was google translate, but I found the article amusing.

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Rocks on Netbooks!
by reez on Sat 14th Mar 2009 09:46 UTC
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I've been using OpenSuse, because it worked with most HW out-of-the box, but Zenwalk works even better (and faster)!

Here is the new winner!

Install: works out of the box!
Web cam: works out of the box!
WLAN: works out of the box!
LAN: works out of the box!
Card reader: needs tinkering (look for wiki articles on Aspire One)

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