Saturday, December 26, 2020

Pipewire replaces Pulseaudio in Zenwalk

Goodby Pulseaudio !

Quoting : Pipewire provides a low-latency, graph based processing engine on top of audio and video devices that can be used to support the use cases currently handled by both pulseaudio and JACK. PipeWire was designed with a powerful security model that makes interacting with audio and video devices from containerized applications easy. Alongside Wayland and Flatpak we expect PipeWire to provide a core building block for the future of Linux application development.

To make the switch on your Zenwalk or Slackware system : just uninstall pulseaudio and install the Zenwalk pipewire package (pipewire-0.3.18-x86_64-201226.txz). Pipewire emulates Pulseaudio libraries and daemon : so all your applications will work seamlessly including the pavucontrol mixer.

Furthermore : I ported my Pulseaudio patch for SBC XQ (much better than AptX) to Pipewire : so you will have CD quality Bluetooth audio in Zenwalk or Slackware.

Have fun !

Thursday, December 24, 2020

AppImage for VLC 3 Media Player


Maybe you like VLC and don't want to install Qt5 just for that ?

Here's the fully platform independent AppImage for VLC 3.x :


Hopefully it should work on any distribution without any dependency.

Have fun :)



Tuesday, December 22, 2020

AppImage for KID3 tag editor


Since there's no reason to install the whole Qt5 toolkit, just to run KID3 Tag Editor : here's the AppImage !


This AppImage should run on any Linux distro... and note that you have "1 click" menu integration in latest Zenwalk desktop (you'll have to update zenwalk-desktop package and then copy the new "uca.xml" thunar actions file from /etc/xdg/Thunar to your home profile) ;)

Enjoy !!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

 Zenwalk Current 15.0 Santa Claus edition

 Zenwalk Current 15.0 10 12 2020 "Santa Claus" edition is available.

In short you get the latest Slackware current system with elogind, pam and the release candidate yet stable XFCE version 4.16 : installed in 15 minutes on your drive.

The Zenwalk Desktop is what we believe to be the most modern and user friendly desktop environment available for computers in 2021 : full "dock based" window management, designed for modern ultra wide displays.

Plethora of applications and games are ready to go with Flatpak or dependency aware package manager.

Please report any bugs :)

Have fun !


Immediate download (waiting for mirrors and torrents) :



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

AppImage for pulseaudio-dlna


I created an AppImage for pulseaudio-dlna :


No need to keep Python 2 just for this, it runs without any dependencies.

Have fun

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

2nd video review of Zenwalk 15.0 Milestone 2020

Here's a nice video review which can also be useful as a step by step setup tutorial (thanks to DJ Ware).

Note that the DJ didn't use netpkg : the Zenwalk package manager, and he should have  ;) (flathub is NOT a package manager : it's more to be considered as a "play store").

Friday, July 3, 2020

A new EFI administration tool in Zenwalk

Today : a new tool to manage EFI boot entries has been added.

Have fun


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Zenwalk 15.0 - milestone 2020 07 02 is ready


Once a year, Zenwalk Current is considered stable enough for a "milestone" release, here's Zenwalk 15 milestone 2020.

Based on Slackware Current July 2020, Zenwalk 15 milestone 2020 is fully compatible.

As usual, the goal is to provide fast simple setup, refined desktop, selection of the best apps, ease of use, with full respect of the Slackware philosophy.

The news are :

  • New XFCE desktop based on the latest XFCE 4.14+ with many tweaks providing the widest possible workspace for modern full HD displays
  • Introduction of Flatpak support for installing any application from Flathub or Gnome Desktop
  • New rewritten Netpkg package manager for instant access to thousand of packages from the Slackware community, and keep the system up to date with one liner command
  • PAM authentication system thanks to upstream
  • Kernel 5.4.50
  • Improved SBC XQ codec in Pulseaudio providing APTX-HQ like high-fidelity music quality
  • Chromium Web browser v83.0.4103.61 , intensively used for "everything it can do" : Web browsing, Chromecast streaming, Webapps, Webmail, PDF viewing, image viewing, etc ..."

The ISO image setup is intended to be launched from a USB stick (see the SlackWiki for some tips).

First downloads are here :

You can consult the full Changelog for more information. See also announcements and other stories in the BLOG section.

As usual : donations and contributions of any kind go to Patrick Volkerding. Zenwalk remains non profit.

Have fun

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Flatpak is available on Zenwalk

Flatpak is the software deployment and package management standard for Linux, offering a sandbox environment in which users can run application software in isolation from the rest of the system.

In Zenwalk : Flatpak is managed through the App Outlet application (

You can also browse, find what you're looking for (ie : VLC) and just launch "flatpak install VLC" in an unprivileged user terminal.

Have fun !!

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Netpkg 7.0 : simpler, faster tool to manage packages

Netpkg 7.0 has been released.

Netpkg is the original network package management tool provided in Zenwalk since 2005, and was the first tool of this kind available for Slackware back in the days.

Over the years, following users requests, netpkg has evolved into a graphical (GTK) application with CLI counterpart.

Netpkg is Slackgnostic ;) : it work for any Slackware system.

The CLI version has proven to be easier for the user, is faster, and requires no dependencies except bash, wget, and a few command line utilities found on any Slackware installation :  so it can run in level 3 with just the "ap" packages installed (could even run from the setup from a chrooted mountpoint).

Nowadays graphical applications are more and more handled through Appimages packages and such formats, so the graphical Netpkg is not needed anymore.

So here it is, deeply improved, more powerful, easier to use than any other package management tool : automatic system update, dependency resolution, multi-repository, with full-text search, .new config files management, local packages removal and reinstallation, etc...

Have fun :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Create your private Hifi streaming service

How to create a private Hifi streaming service?

If you have a quality and relatively large music library, it's a shame to have bought all these albums and to have to subscribe to a streaming service provider to listen to them when you are on the go ...

Maybe have you ever wondered if it would be possible to create a private streaming service and thus replace Spotify, Qobuz, Tidal, etc ... to play your own media library in CD quality?

It's possible and quite simple, you just need to have:
  • A NAS server: for example : a Linux NAS, or a Windows NAS, or a Synology NAS, or a simple Linux or Windows PC ... or even any Android mobile with sufficient storage capacity.
  • BubbleUPNP Server (a software available for free download, installed on the previous NAS). BubbleUPNP Server is a UPNP proxy: it transforms your NAS into an ultra versatile DLNA broadcast server and "Internet ready"
  • BubbleUPNP Application on Android mobile / tablet (~ 4 € on Play Store) and / or Foobar2000 on Windows

BubbleUPNP Server is available in the Zenwalk repository (package is for Slackware as well).

The configuration of BubbleUPNP is simple and well documented :

BubbleUPNP Server is configured graphically via the browser (see screenshot below).

At the Internet BOX level: add two port redirects 58050 and 58051, as illustrated below.

BubbleUPNP allows:

  • Access your library from your home (FLAC, AAC, OGG, ...) with a very ergonomic reader interface, bookmarks, multiple customization settings, playlists, etc ... and by adding the compatibility of certain file formats to your Chromecast or DLNA receivers.
  • Access this same library (FLAC, AAC, OGG, ...) from the Internet (train, office, vacation ...) in a secure and authenticated way with the same ergonomic player interface. In fact we do not realize the transition to Internet mode: it is transparent: your library is available from the same app "everywhere".
  • From the Android BubbleUPNP app: stream to any speaker / amp connected to the network, Chromecast or DLNA, or via Bluetooth (BubbleUPNP Android is one of the few players that supports almost all connected speakers / amplifiers).

So you won't have ripped your CDs for nothing;) ... and 1 year of Qobuz "Hires" subscription saved will allow you to buy a few dozen albums in order to integrate them into "your" BubbleUPNP media library (Hires it too, if you want, or in any case CD quality, because the Hires doesn't bring anything ... but that's another story ...). You can share it with all your family and friends: in private.
A simple deposit of FLAC files on the NAS and they are instantly available via BubbleUPNP.

Don't forget to make a small donation to the developer, if you want ...

BubbleUPNP Server is available in the Zenwalk repository (package is for Slackware as well)

Friday, January 3, 2020

MFP - Music Folder Player

MFP is folder oriented Music Library manager and player.  It provides most features expected from a Music Player.

MFP is the answer for good and latency-less Chromecast support in Linux. It requires Chromium, Apache and PHP to run.

Media files (flac, mp3, ogg, opus, aac, ....) should all be contained in the "Music" folder in your home directory (you can create a symlink ~/Music -> your_music-folder).

Just launch the Music Library Player application menu entry (in the Multimedia category), and have fun ! :)


The package for Slackware & Zenwalk : mfp-1.0-x86_64-200103.txz