Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Slackel - Slackel live 6.0 openbox has been released

Slackel is a Linux distribution and live CD based on Slackware Linux and Salix OS. It is fully compatible with both. It uses the current version of Slackware and the latest version of the KDE desktop. The Slackel disc images are offered in two different forms - installation and live.

It is fully compatible with Slackware and Salix but the difference is that it includes the current version of Slackware.  So Slackware users can benefit from Slackel repositories. It is available in two editions, KDE and Openbox. Slackel disc images are offered in two different forms, Installation disc image and Live disc image. Slackel is developed in Greece by Dimitris Tzemos. 

Slackel live 6.0 openbox has been released

Slackel live 6.0 openbox includes the latest 3.10.30 kernel and latest updates from Slackware's 'Current' tree. Slackel is based on  Slackware and Salix.

The project is distributed as two Live CD ISO-hybrid images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms (64-bit and 32-bit). They can be easily burned onto blank or RW CD discs, as well as written on USB sticks of 1GB of larger.

These are called bootable mediums and can be used to boot the operating system in live mode, without installing anything on your computer, or install it on a local disk drive.

There are several live modes to choose from, such as graphical mode, persistent mode, without ACPI, without SWAP, or text mode. Supported languages include English (default), Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Czech, Dansk, German, Japanese, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, and Portuguese.

As mentioned, the graphical session is powered by the lightweight and minimal Openbox window manager, which is comprised of a single, transparent panel located on the bottom edge of the screen.

From this bottom taskbar, users can easily and quickly access the main menu, launch applications, interact with running programs and the system tray area, as well as to switch between virtual workspaces.

Default applications include the Exaile audio player, ISO Master CD/DVD image creator and editor, Whaaw! media player, Asunder Audio-CD ripper, Geany IDE, Viewnior image viewer, Claws Mail email client,
Gparted, gFTP file transfer utility, and Midori web browser.

In addition, it comes with Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Remmina remote desktop client, Transmission torrent downloader, Wicd network manager, AbiWord word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, SpaceFM file manager, and many other small, yet useful utilities.

All in all, if you want to use the Openbox edition of Slackel Linux download and use this flavor. It can run in persistent mode, allowing users to save configuration files and reuse it whenever you want.

(The root password for the live CD is “live”. Standard user login is “one” with password: "one")

Slackel live has been created using Slackware Live tool for Slackware/Slackware64/Slackware-ARM Linux.
This tool has been further developed to support keyboard and locale setup on the fly, to add boot menus and splash image, to support booting on 13 locales and timezones, to set root's password, create a new user with password and remove the liveuser, to set the keyboard and locale, set the hostname etc when installing on hard disk.
Modules has been created using funionfs.
Supports GPT and legacy MBR partitioned disks, UEFI and CSM (legacy / BIOS) booting.
Also supports installation on USB as frugal install so user can boot the system with persistence changes. There is no need to create a persistence file.
(e)lilo is the installed boot loader if user want it. There is no need to set keyboard, locale, timezone since system boots in the locale at boot time

SLI is a minimalistic and optional GUI to install or copy the live system. This gui pass the installation procedure to slackware live tool which does the real installation.
I used c (GTK+2) and glade to further developed the sli gui and build-slackware bash script so both can be used on slackel:
- added support for setting root password on installation system
- added support for creating a user name and user password on installation system and remove liveuser.
- added partition manager connectivity in Gui (gslapt)
- added support for core, basic and full installation mode.
- locale, keyboard, timezone automatically set in installed system since user already has been chosen them on boot time from menus.
- Help appears while user move the mouse on the Gui.
- Boot on 13 locales and timezones.

The source code, binaries, patches:
Source code and the patches for Slackware live 0.4
Source code for SLI 1.2

Download Slackel live 6.0 openbox iso images from the following links, using the Sourceforge servers.

Slackel Live Openbox 6.0  (32-bit) image

(size: 656MB, md5: 851f4e0a7b9114b723ded536c1716afd)
Sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/slackel/files/openbox/slackellive-openbox-6.0-32.iso/download

Slackel Live Openbox 6.0  (64-bit) image
(size: 690MB, md5: 52186c363918a3b04dc30817ee0c454f)
Sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/slackel/files/openbox/slackellive-openbox-6.0-64.iso/download

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