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Zenwalk Linux 5.2
|Source model||Open source|
|Latest release||7.2 / October 11, 2012|
|Kernel type||Monolithic kernel|
|License||Free software licenses|
(mainly GNU GPL)
Zenwalk (formerly Minislack), or Zenwalk Linux, is a Linux distribution started by Jean-Philippe Guillemin. It was at first based on Slackware. Since its creation, the distribution has become very different from Slackware while still still being able to use its binary packages. Zenwalk aims to be a Linux distribution with many uses by focusing on Internet applications, multimedia and programming tools.
Aims[change | change source]
The Zenwalk Project aims to create a Linux operating system that can be used on old and slow computers through the use of the latest software available for a stable release, optimization for a specific processor architecture to increase execution speed, and introduces a very powerful package management system with dependency resolution.
|Minislack 0.1||May 21, 2004|
|Minislack 0.2||August 8, 2004|
|Minislack 0.3||February 17, 2005|
|Minislack 0.4||March 26, 2005|
|Minislack 1.0||April 24, 2005|
|Minislack 1.0.1||May 3, 2005|
|Minislack 1.1||June 10, 2005|
|Zenwalk 1.2||August 12, 2005|
|Zenwalk 1.3||October 15, 2005|
|Zenwalk 2.0 Core||November 27, 2005|
|Zenwalk 2.0.1||December 4, 2005|
|Zenwalk 2.1 (Core)||January 18, 2006|
|Zenwalk 2.2||February 16, 2006|
|Zenwalk 2.4||April 4, 2006|
|Zenwalk 2.6||May 23, 2006|
|Zenwalk 2.8||July 21, 2006|
|Zenwalk 3.0||September 8, 2006|
|Zenwalk 4.0||November 20, 2006|
|Zenwalk 4.2||January 6, 2007|
|Zenwalk 4.4||February 22, 2007|
|Zenwalk 4.4.1||February 24, 2007|
|Zenwalk 4.6||June 1, 2007|
|Zenwalk 4.6.1||June 6, 2007|
|Zenwalk 4.8||October 6, 2007|
|Zenwalk 5.0||January 18, 2008|
|Zenwalk 5.2||June 7, 2008|
Project versions[change | change source]
There are four main versions of Zenwalk:
Zenwalk (full version ~ 420 MB iso download) is a distribution aimed at mainstream desktop use. Designed to be a stand-alone operating system, it installs to the hard drive by way of a ncurses-based installer. It includes all of the officially released software packages that are deemed most useful for their tasks. This collection may change with every release.
Zenwalk Core (~ 230 MB iso download) is a Zenwalk system built with customization in mind. Released with no X Window System binaries, its aim is to allow a skilled user to build a system fit for his or her needs. The project's lead developer is Emmanuel Bailleul.
ZenLive (~ 476 MB iso download) is a Zenwalk system built on a Live CD design. ZenLive follows the progress made by the full Zenwalk system closely, thus mirroring the version number, and attempts to stay true to the original distribution's goals. In addition, it includes all of the necessary libraries and applications to develop and compile software, a particularly rare feature in Live CD distributions. Project members include Pierrick Le Brun, creator, Mauricio Tricoli, project lead, and Michael Verret, artwork.
Zenserver (~ 263 MB iso download) is a Zenwalk Core-derived system specifically designed for servers. The main goals are to create a secure, reliable, easy to use, easy to configure, expandable and dependable server operating system, in the best Zenwalk tradition. The distribution development team is led by Teran McKinney.
Distributions based on Zenwalk[change | change source]
There are currently four Zenwalk-based distributions:
- SaxenOS, a distribution built primarily to support older hardware (SaxenOS 2008 is not as lightweight anymore as the former versions)
- Arudius, a Linux Live CD distribution for information assurance with tools for penetration testing and vulnerability analysis
- Zencafe, a distribution designed for Internet cafes
- Zeee Zenwalk for the ASUS Eee PC
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Claus Futtrup (2005-09-19). "An introduction to Zenwalk 1.2".
- Mayank Sharma (2008-02-14). "Tiny Zenwalk 5.0 packs a big punch".
- Zenwalk Releases Announcements on Distrowatch
- Zenwalk 2.2 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 2.4 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 2.6 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 2.8 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 3.0 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 4.0 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 4.2 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 4.4 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 4.4.1 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 4.6 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 4.6.1 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 4.8 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 5.0 Release Announcement
- Zenwalk 5.2 Release Announcement
- Susan Linton (2008-02-11). "First look at Zenwalk Linux 5.0".