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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RE[3]: Downloading right now...
by djst on Fri 30th Dec 2005 12:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Downloading right now..."
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2005-08-07

I tried it but to my surprise, not even nano was installed, which forced me to use vi* which I have no idea how to control. :- Also, during the installation I chose to use a different screen font using 50 lines, but somehow that wasn't used when switching virtual terminal, which made half of the text not visible on screen, making the latest command not visible!

To top that, there's no /etc/init.d/* scripts to turn off GDM or whaveter graphical boot program they're using (I thought /etc/init.d scripts were more or less a Linux standard, having seen it in just about every other distro I've tested), so I had to kill the x client repeatedly in order to get 2 new minutes of editing. I tried the obvious "killall -9 gdm", "... xdm", "... kdm", but none were running.

No, this distro is definitely not for me.

Edited 2005-12-30 13:01

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RE[4]: Downloading right now...
by on Fri 30th Dec 2005 14:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Downloading right now..."
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there's no /etc/init.d/* scripts to turn off GDM or whaveter graphical boot program they're using (I thought /etc/init.d scripts were more or less a Linux standard, having seen it in just about every other distro I've tested), so I had to kill the x client repeatedly in order to get 2 new minutes of editing. I tried the obvious "killall -9 gdm", "... xdm", "... kdm", but none were running.

"pstree" is a good tool for viewing the currently active services. Since Zenwalk is based on Slackware, it might be worth reading the Slackware documentation to find out more about Zenwalk's init system.
http://www.slackbook.org/html/system-configuration.html#SYSTEM-CONF...
http://www.slackbook.org/html/security.html#AEN5102

I haven't yet tried Zenwalk but there's another Slackware derivative that I can recommend: Frugalware. Frugalware shares Slackware's ideal of simplicity but it's more desktop-oriented (KDE, GNOME, XFCE ...). Frugalware uses scripts written by Patrick Volkerding and it has better localization support than Slackware. Frugalware uses the pacman package manager from Arch Linux and it has added a GUI frontend to pacman. Frugalware packages are usually very up-to-date and they are i686 optimized.

And, yes, Frugalware has nano. :-)

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