Zenwalk features the latest Linux technology along with a complete programming environment and libraries to provide an ideal platform for application programmers. Zenwalk's modular approach also provides a simple way to convert Zenwalk Linux into a finely-tuned modern server (e.g. LAMP, messaging, file sharing).
Zenwalk is a GNU/Linux operating system, designed to provide the following characteristics:
# Modern and user-friendly (latest stable software, selected applications)
# Fast (optimized for performance capabilities)
# Rational (one mainstream application for each task)
# Complete (full development/desktop/multimedia environment)
# Evolutionary (simple network package management tool - netpkg)
Zenwalk GNU/Linux is optimized for the i686 instruction set, but backward compatible with i486. These are the minimal hardware requirements to run Zenwalk in Xwindow mode, with correct performance (some lower configs work - ie : PII - , but might be slow) :
* Pentium III class processor
* 128 Mb RAM
* 2Gb HDD
Zenwalk's Standard Edition is a complete GNU/Linux operating system for both Desktops and Laptop/Notebook systems but is also easily customizable for use in servers and multimedia centers.
Out of the box, you will be able to browse, mail, chat, listen to music, program in C, Perl, Python, Ruby,.. watch videos in various formats, write documents, print, scan, burn CD and DVD, connect your camera and edit your photographs, without adding anything. Coders will like the full set of development libraries and interpreters.
Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the release of Zenwalk Linux 7.0 "Live" edition, a complete and installable Zenwalk live CD: "We are happy to announce the highly awaited Zenwalk Live 7.0, which will allow more people to try out Zenwalk without having to install it first. Zenwalk Live 7.0 is based on the sophisticated Slackware-Live scripts. Zenwalk Live consists of standard Zenwalk ISO packages following the main Zenwalk release, with the latest Xfce desktop and applications, and is shipped with a new artwork theme, additional localization packages for Icecat and Icedove, and the NVIDIA proprietary driver. It also comes with full support for inputting and displaying Japanese. You'll get the latest stable software including the most recent patches and bug fixes." Continue reading the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download: zenlive-7.0.iso (688MB, MD5). Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the release of Zenwalk Linux 7.0 "Core" edition, a minimalist, but extensible distribution based on Slackware Linux: "Zenwalk Core 7.0 is ready. Zenwalk Core 7.0 is the base foundation of Zenwalk - everything except the X server and desktop environment. Installation process takes about 10 minutes and then you are free to install just the packages you need to create your very own desktop environment or your highly optimized and secured server. Zenwalk Core features the 126.96.36.199 kernel with BFS scheduler, KMS and many performance tweaks. Two kernels are available - the standard one supporting SATA or PATA disks, and a bigger kernel supporting any disk technology from SATA to SCSI. Note: the next version of Zenwalk Core will most probably be included in Zenwalk Standard edition as an installation option."
Here is the brief release announcement. Download: zenwalk_Core-7.0.iso (329MB, MD5).
• 2011-05-08: Distribution Release: Zenwalk Linux 7.0 "Live"
• 2011-04-04: Distribution Release: Zenwalk Linux 7.0 "Core"
• 2011-03-29: Distribution Release: Zenwalk Linux 7.0 "Openbox"
• 2011-03-25: Distribution Release: Zenwalk Linux 7.0
• 2011-03-05: Development Release: Zenwalk Linux 7.0 RC3
• 2011-01-22: Development Release: Zenwalk Linux 7.0 Beta 1
There are four editions of Zenwalk GNU/Linux
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