A Linux operating system based on Slackware and the lightweight Xfce desktop environment

Salix Xfce is an open source Linux distribution based on the Slackware operating system and build around the Xfce desktop environment. It is designed to provide users with a fast and easy-to-use computing environment for common day-to-day tasks.

Linux for the lazy Slacker

Dubbed “Linux for the lazy Slacker” the distribution is backwards compatible with Slackware Linux, supports both 32-bit and 64-bit, and it’s distributed as installable-only Live CD ISO images. A tentative Live CD was offered in the past.

A distribution for advanced users

Because it does not provide users with a way to test the system without install it, Salix is automatically categorized as a distribution for advanced users, especially users who know their way around the Slackware Linux operating system.

Its main highlights are the ability to run a single application per task, beautiful artwork, very fast package tools, as well as a collection of powerful system administration tools. The entire distribution has been optimized for desktop usage.

The installation requires some Slackware knowledge

There’s no boot menu, just a simple prompt from where you can enter extra boot parameters or just hit Enter to boot the system and start the actual installation. It can also be used as a system rescue CD by exiting the installation at the main menu. The installation will require some Slackware knowledge and it will take some time, depending on the computer’s specs.

The desktop environment and default apps

Xfce is the default desktop environment, and among the main applications we can mention the Midori web browser, Pidgin instant messenger, Transmission torrent downloader, Geany IDE, Meld diff and merge tool, GIMP image editor, and the LibreOffice office suite.

A Linux distribution for exclusivists

Salix is called by its developers ‘a bonsai’ which means that users will need to take care of it on a daily basis. It is a Linux distribution for exclusivists and/or true Slackware fans, and it shouldn’t be used by the novice and modern Linux users.