The development team of the Zenwalk GNU/Linux distribution is pleased to announce that the latest stable release, Zenwalk 2.8, is now available as a CD-ROM ISO. Zenwalk 2.8 is a major evolution as more than 160 packages have been updated or added, including the Linux kernel 22.214.171.124 and several system improvements.
Zenwalk's look and feel has been polished and refined. The changes are subtle and meant to make the Zenwalk experience visually appealing. Visual enhancements include a new boot splash screen and 4 new icon themes for the latest XFCE desktop environment (version 126.96.36.199).
The most significant recent addition to Zenwalk's software repository is a full GNOME desktop environment built in only six packages! Extra desktop environments (Gnome and KDE) are available as optional packages in the repository, available via Zenwalk's internet based package management system "netpkg".
New applications overview:
* CD/DVD recording software GnomeBaker" has been replaced with Graveman" version 0.3.12.5
* Hunspell spell checker is now used exclusively as aspell has been moved to extra
* Parted and GParted have been added
* ntfsprogs has been added
* The DVD/video editor avidemux has been added
* Mousepad editor replaces Leafpad
Here is a condensed list of updated libraries and applications:
* Abiword-2.4.5 (Latest release)
* Firefox-188.8.131.52 (Latest release)
* Thunderbird-184.108.40.206 (Latest release)
* GIMP-2.2.12 (Latest release)
* Python-2.4.3 (Latest release)
On the system side, a new Zenwalk tool for keyboard configuration has been added to the suite of Zenwalk tools. A lot of work has also been done around UDEV, most noticeably to improve the auto-mount system and develop an original persistent network interface naming mechanism. SMB for Fuse is also provided : now you can seamlessly browse your network neighbourhood as if it were on your own filesystem.
An important aspect of Zenwalk is the expanding community surrounding the distribution. The latest addition is a Live CD named ZenLive. ZenLive's releases closely follow new Zenwalk releases and showcase Zenwalk prior to hard drive installation. See http://www.zenlive.tuxfamily.org/ for more details.
Another part of the Zenwalk community is ZenGamer. ZenGamer offers a wide variety of video games ranging from First Person Shooters to Children's and educational games. You will find all of your classic video game favorites as well as the most modern bleeding edge titles there. If you do not find your favorite game there, your requests are always welcomed by the ZenGamer development team. See http://www.zengamer.tuxfamily.org/ for more details.
Here is a short description of Zenwalk for new users. Zenwalk is GNU/Linux operating system with expressed focus on being slim and fast by using only one application per task with focus on the graphical desktop and multimedia usage. Zenwalk features the latest Linux technology along with an amazingly complete programming environment and libraries to provide the ideal platform for application programmers. Zenwalk's modular approach gives you the opportunity to convert Zenwalk into a finely tuned and modern server (LAMP, messaging, filesharing).
We believe that you will not only find Zenwalk Linux quite useful, but an enjoyable experience as it includes everything needed for your multimedia, development, server or gaming system. Put a little Zen in your system today with Zenwalk GNU/Linux.