Another addition to our collection of Slackware-related links is Salix, a desktop-oriented distro that is, according to the developers, fully compatible with Slackware. Salix occupies one CD but has a rich repository. The installation program is based on that of Slack but differs from it in a number of items. In particular, one cannot choose separate packages but has a choice of three pre-selected sets: "Core", "Basic", and "Full". The Core set provides a console environment. The Basic one provides Xfce with Firefox and a few other essential programs as well as gslapt. The Full mode provides installation of a richer set of GUI applications, including OpenOffice. By default, Salix starts a graphical login manager with the root login being prohibited. Thus, a user other than root is suggested to be created during installation.
Salix provides a repository, which includes packages that do not ship with Slackware but should work in it. One final thing to mention is that Salix supports dependency checking. This can probably attract some Linux novices. All in all, Salix has made a good impression on us and we wish its developers good luck!