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
Vlad
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2006-03-23

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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