A Short MEMO on Slackies to serve for all purposes…
Slackel has been designed so that:
- it comes for 64-bit and 32-bit CPUs as well;
- be %100 compatible with Slackware (Current) –beware: as such, it comes with elogind;
- it may be capable of using Salix’s source packages;
- it provides an OpenBox flavour (OB is not in the Slackware repos);
- the KDE-desktop is KDE 4;- MATE is more recent: 1.22;
- it comes with house-built Slackel tools: slapt-get & slapt-src to CLI-manage packages, Gslapt as a GUI frontend for the both of them;
- it provides, quote: “a ‘rolling release’ for lazy slackers” (Dimitris’ words);
- its ISOs both enable to install the system and to run (fast) live-sessions;
- it enables to create a liveUSB with persistance features directly from within a live-session;
- since last version, it be possible to perform a real installation on a USB media, which differs from liveUSB with persistance (it doesn’t get slow when more packages are installed).
Other features include:
- In the last OpenBox version (released on 2021.01.01), Salix’s repos are commented (i.e. unchecked) by default;
- Any question asked on Slackel’s forum gets an answer from Dimitris very soon.
Last release announcement: www.slackel.gr/forum/ topic 655
Zenwalk is less versatile. Its iso comes:
- only for 64-bit CPUs;
- with (a very nice) Xfce-desktop, v. 4.15, a preview of Xfce 4.16!;
- pipewire complete replacement of pulseaudio;
- as an installation media only –hence you cannot live-session to check that all will work out of the box (but chances are high that all will work, including wireless connectivity);
- with an almost vanilla Slackware installer, rather well documented –one needs just type:
- its own in-house package manager called netpkg that works great, with many options well documented.
Due to the recent shift of Slackware’s policy that replaced consolekit2 with elogind in Slackware Current, some might get interested in *Salix*, which is based on Slackware Stable –no elogind. (Thanks to Dimitris who brought this to my attention). Salix has its own repositories. (I have not checked if they include sources only or pre-compiled binaries as well!)
Things yet to check:
Since both Slackel and Zenwalk are intended to be %100 compatible with the same Slackware Current, IN THEORY, it should be possible to add Slackel’s repos to Zenwalk and vice-versa. Slackel and Zenwalk use different package-managers but I guess their respective packages (including in-house applications) can be handled by both slapt-get/slapt-src and netpkg.
IN PRACTICE: BEWARE, I have not checked, things could BREAK!
How does the nologind package behave (works/doesn’t?) in Slackel, remains to be seen.
If my hypothesis the the pkg may work in Slackel, how does nologind package behave (works/doesn’t?) in Zenwalk, also remains to be seen.