Linked by Joseph Ferrare on Thu 29th Dec 2005 16:31 UTC
Slackware, Slax I was interested to see how Zenwalk differs from Slackware, and after reading on their web site that version 2.01 is 'the biggest jump in Zenwalk evolution since the beginning of the project', I wanted to see how far Zenwalk has come since it was reviewed here as MiniSlack.
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by djst on Fri 30th Dec 2005 11:04 UTC
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2005-08-07

I find it a bit weird that they chose XFCE though. I'm all for distros making the choice for the user and not including every possible flavor of every possible software, but sticking to mainstream (e.g. either Gnome or KDE) is a better way to go. XFCE has some annoying usability issues, such as not making use of Fitt's corners. Clicking in a corner of the screen doesn't do anything in XFCE.

Of course, I need to test the distro anyway. ;)

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by djst on Fri 30th Dec 2005 11:46 in reply to "Downloading right now..."
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2005-08-07

Wow, that was the most complicated installer I've seen since Gentoo (which, admittedtly, doesn't even have an installer). So many questions that shouldn't even be necessary to ask.

I wasn't too happy that it wanted to use Lilo instead of Grub, which means I wouldn't be able to recover manually if things went wrong, since I don't know how to operate Lilo. And things did went wrong. ;) It detected and added Windows XP, but completely ignored my Ubuntu install at another partition. Way to go, now I have no idea how to boot up Ubuntu without installing it on another partition and let it detect the other installation that way..

Oh, and it correctly guessed I had an Intel integrated graphics card and suggested the Vesa graphics driver. Well, I have no knowledge of which driver is appropriate and chose to trust Zenwalk's choice here. However, now the graphical login doesn't even start, which renders the OS completely useless to me.

I guess I'll have to wait for a newer release.

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by on Fri 30th Dec 2005 12:03 in reply to "RE: Downloading right now..."
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I have met the intel graphic problem too, the method to solve it is, edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf, at the section "device", note the driver is i810, but zenwalk script write it into the next line, just backspace it to the "driver" line can fix this problem. I hope this may help you.

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by zombie process on Fri 30th Dec 2005 14:00 in reply to "Downloading right now..."
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2005-07-08

Fitt is possibly the most overrated individual in UI design ever. I'm completely sick of hearing his name invoked.

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by djst on Fri 30th Dec 2005 17:13 in reply to "RE: Downloading right now..."
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2005-08-07

I'd advice you to forget about the individual and just acknowledge the fact that the corners of the screen is the easiest locations to click on.

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