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15 October 2012, 17:05

Zenwalk Linux 7.2 aims for "100% Slackware compatibility"

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Zenwalk logo The latest release of Zenwalk Linux, version 7.2, is now available and focuses on further improving the Slackware-based distribution's overall performance, as well as updating its underlying components. Project founder Jean-Philippe Guillemin says that the goal of the new version was to "achieve 100% Slackware Linux compatibility," while also keeping and improving upon most of the optimisations throughout all levels of the OS, including the kernel, applications and desktop.

Zenwalk Linux 7.2 is based on the 3.4.8 Linux kernel and now includes version 4.10 of the fast and lightweight Xfce desktop environment, which added more panel modes and a rewritten application finder. The Netpkg package manager has also been updated to improve performance and add support for using multiple mirrors.

Notable package upgrades include version 3.6.2 of the LibreOffice productivity suite, version 15.0.1 of Firefox and Thunderbird, and the 2.8.2 release of the GIMP graphics editor package. "In a nutshell: Zenwalk can do everything big desktop distributions do but faster, easier, in a 1 CD ISO, and in a way you can still understand," said Guillemin.

Further information about the new version, including a full list of fixes and enhancements, can be found in the announcement news post and in the change log. Zenwalk Linux 7.2 is available to download as a 679MB ISO image file.


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