In 2004, Zenwalk was started as a personal project for learning purposes, with no commercial goal at all, no revenue at all, no sponsorship : just a spare time project for the love of Linux : building the purest Linux system for daily desktop use. It is still the case.
After a few years of development, in 2008 : Zenwalk became a fairly big project and gained a relatively good success as a desktop distribution, ranked between Ubuntu, Suse and so... , but she (Zenwalk is a girl) was about to loose her mind by forking to far away from Slackware. So I decided to slow down the enthusisam of some developers that were going too far from the Slackware philosophy. This made some of them go away, taking with them most of my original GPL code, and create their own Zenwalk fork...
In 2021 : Zenwalk is a 64 bits "pure" Slackware system with added post-install configurations, optimizations and out of the box tweaks, with a ready to use polished desktop environment, with added graphical system tools, added office and multimedia applications, and striped to keep just "one application per task"!
All credit and financial contributions go to Patrick Volkerding ! I'm just a enthusiastic geek : HE is the man who made this possible. HE inspired most of what we call Linux today. Please send contributions to Slackware.
I will maintain Zenwalk as long as Pat CAN maintain Slackware.
Long life to Pat, Slack, Zenwalk, Spaghetti Monster, Bob, and Peter Gabriel.