Zenwalk Linux 7.0 released
Following three release candidates, the Zenwalk development team has released version 7.0 of its popular "Zen computing" Linux distribution. According to the developers, Zenwalk 7.0 is "a milestone in the evolution of the distribution" that brings "several major changes at user level and system level".
Based on the 220.127.116.11 Linux kernel, Zenwalk 7.0 is the project's first release to ship without the depreciated HAL (hardware abstraction layer) package and it features version 4.8.1 of the fast and lightweight Xfce desktop environment. The developers note that, like Ubuntu and openSUSE, they have also replaced Oracle's open source OpenOffice.org office suite with version 3.3.1 of the LibreOffice community fork – LibreOffice 3.3.2 was released earlier this week.
Furthermore, the project has changed the way it manages packages, no longer providing a "current" repository. Moving forward, the developers say that they "will provide a versionalized repository including extra packages, where all packages are 'certified compatible' with the given version (ie : 6.4, 7.0, …)," adding that, "The 'snapshot' repository will keep being an 'experimental' work-in-progress repository, as usual."
- Zenwalk 7.0 is available, Zenwalk forum release announcement.