Salix Xfce 14.0RC1 is ready! We are getting very close to a final release and a lot of things have changed since the beta1.
As you will find out, one major change in this release candidate, is that the Mozilla Firefox browser has been replaced by Midori. Midori is a webkit based browser that is lightweight and very fast. Being based on webkit, it is as standards compliant as any browser can be and fully supports all latest web technologies. Midori is also the browser recommended by the Xfce project, so it fits very nicely in our Xfce edition. The decision to move away from Firefox as the default browser was made because Firefox has become too much of a moving target and it became increasingly difficult to support. However, Firefox is available in our repositories and any users that feel the need to keep using it instead of Midori can just install it using the package manager.
Another important change is that the 32-bit iso image only supports CPUs following the i686 architecture or newer. The decision was made due to size constraints. It was decided that the benefits of keeping the iso image inside the CD size limits while also keeping the release feature complete are more than supporting those very old CPUs. However, other future editions of Salix 14.0, such as the LXDE or Ratpoison editions will probably keep supporting even those very old CPUs, by also providing an i486 kernel.
Also, Java is back! OpenJRE 7 is included in full mode installation and OpenJDK 7 is available through the repositories for people that want to develop Java software. The icedtea-web browser plugin has also been included, so Java applets can work inside the browser without a problem.
Meanwhile, a lot more packages have entered the repositories. If you are a packager and want one of your packages to enter the Salix repositories, now is the time to submit it, as the window for submitting packages will be closed after the final release. All submissions after that will enter our SLKBUILD repository instead (with the exception of packages that are needed for other Salix edition releases and of course security updates).
So, please download this release candidate and report any issues you may find. Hopefully there are none. You can download the iso images through Sourceforge using the following links:i686, 32-bit
(size: 661MB, md5: cc971db8c0d21642dcbb78866d9d568f)http://sourceforge.net/projects/salix/f ... o/download
Torrent: http://salix.enialis.net/i486/14.0/iso/ ... C1.torrentx86_64, 64-bit
(size: 677MB, md5: 2b1fd54c73ce085008209bba2451884e)http://sourceforge.net/projects/salix/f ... o/download
Torrent: http://salix.enialis.net/x86_64/14.0/is ... C1.torrent
Thanks for testing!