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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Back in Nov of 2008 I checked out Zenwalk 5.2 and a recent LXF contained Zenwalk 6.0 - so let’s see what has changed.
It loads up with the usual Kernel messages going past on the screen. The first screen for the installation hasn’t changed one bit from Zenwalk 5.2.
Once again, as before, I chose autoinstall. Once again, the installation was sparse, but very, very informative. I don’t think I mentioned this last time, but it appears that Zenwalk 6.0 (maybe earlier versions as awell) uses the xfs file system instead of the more usual ext3. (Or, recently, ext4) According to the wikipedia article I linked to, XFS is very good for large files and is one of the oldest file systems for *nix systems. Just like last time, the installation had information on every single package as it was installed. Just as last time I want to say that this installation was very, very simple. I don’t see why anyone new to Linux (but not a total computer noob) would have any problems installing it. Sure, it’s very short on eye candy - but who cares? You should only ever see the installation screen once. Just as before, I am convinced that Zenwalk is a very good introduction to a Slackware-type distribution thanks to this ease of installation.
Installation took a little while. Overall, it appears the Zenwalk team have decided to maintain the same visual theme from the 5.2 release.