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Anyone tried Zenwalk?

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From what I know so far Zenwalk is a slackware based distribution with its own TGZ based (!) package manager that has a dependancy resolution implemented in a rather unique way (as far as I know). Instead of storing dependancies in individual packages it stores them in a central database to which packages are just compared and then dependancies are being acquired.

EDIT: Its package manager is called netpkg. Smiling

Considering that it is slackware based which means it's clean, simple and compile friendly, that it uses plain standard tgzs (which are just plain unmodified original compiled binaries) and has a dependancy resolution, Zenwalk seems to be very close to if not my perfect ideal distro.

But I'm not getting it just yet because I don't have flat rate ADSL connection yet which I'll have in a few days and then I'm gonna download and try it.

Until then I'd like to hear anyones experiences with it if you have used it?

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Daniel

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yeah, I have tried it (pretty much tried everything)

it is pretty fast, nice 'n small but still a little young for me Smiling

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Great... well I think I am going to download it as the first distro I'm gonna download over the new fast satadsl connection. I hope the proxy software needed for that connection to work on GNU/Linux will work on zenwalk since on Ubuntu no matter what I try it always comes down to "Transparent proxying is not enabled."

And I need satadsl because it's flat-rate so I don't waste expensive bandwidth from GPRS/EDGE. It's a nice combination, GPRS/EDGE for upload and SatADSL for download.

Anyway, back to topic. Laughing out loud I'll post my zenwalk experiences here (as well as if satadsl works in it). Smiling

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Daniel

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Ok, I tried Zenwalk. I downloaded the core iso package and installed that. However, it does not include X or anything depending on it (of course), just a very basic core to build on.

The first and most major downside I encountered is that it doesn't seem to be creating a /dev/ttyUSB0 device for my USB modem even though it shows on lsusb. I have a script for connecting to it which just needs the already built in driver for it and that the /dev/modem links to its device file. It is missing however.. Still, might be that it is located somewhere else (any ideas?)

Without that I can't set up a GPRS modem and without that I can't try satadsl proxy on it which is now one of the reasons I am trying these distros (I installed vector later with the similar result). I'm hoping that on a new clean distro install (like slackware) satadsl software would work properly.

So there, I can't tell much more since that was just a base. If I manage to get connection working on zenwalk at some point and then install other stuff like xorg and xfce I'll let you know how it is. Smiling

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Daniel

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Is there any reason why alot of talk recently has been about zen walk?? heh
Just tonnes of people talking about it

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Well I've been talking about it lately both here and on IRC, but I don't know about others. Smiling

Btw, I think that USB device might be under /dev/tts. I don't have zenwalk installed anymore, but in vector where I also couldn't find it that's where I found the device. Smiling

I might still put zenwalk back later, a full CD maybe..

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Daniel

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I think if you downlaod the ful 400mb iso with X and the other bits you would be hapier Smiling

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You're probably right. Well, downloading 400 MB's shouldn't be that much of a problem now so I might do that. I got satelite ADSL to work on GNU/Linux. Smiling It turned out I was making a mistake entering http:// before all 127.0.0.1 addresses in my browsers proxy settings. Smiling

Cheers
Daniel

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libervisco that's grand that you have the SATADSL working, now you'll have unlimited download opertunities and can try a bunch of free software Smiling

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I quit on zenwalk afterall.. It looks promising and chances are bunch of you would like it, but it didn't detect my dvb card and I didn't want to go through the whole process of finding out why and resolving it just to get network working, and without internet I can't do much with that zenwalk base I have..

I decided to give Arch a go instead which is pretty close to being my ideal distro. Smiling

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Re: Zenwalk
libervisco wrote:

It looks promising and chances are bunch of you would like it, but it didn't detect my dvb card and I didn't want to go through the whole process of finding out why and resolving it just to get network working, and without internet I can't do much with that zenwalk base I have..

I always try each new release of Zenwalk and like it but can't seem to stick with it. I agree that it shows great promise, though. I'm not fond of Zenwalk's own package tool - netpkg I think it was called. It seemed slow and clunky in my opinion. Just waiting for things to improve before I can stick with it.

Otherwise, I'm an avid Arch user and have been for 15 months, now. No other distro has hooked me for so long. Eye

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I haven't tried Zenwalk in a

I haven't tried Zenwalk in a while now.. maybe I should give it another go.

But as you say for Arch, same with me. I've also been using it longest of any other distros and still love it. Smiling

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JI dont think I would use

JI dont think I would use zenwalk again. Starrats asked me to try it out and I didnt think it was too great. May need some more work before it should be the talk of the town Eye

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It's funny that we've been

It's funny that we've been discussing both Zenwalk and Arch in these last few posts and they both came out with new versions just today. Eye

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Arch 0.7.2 (Gimmick) was

Arch 0.7.2 (Gimmick) was actually available earlier through the repository, or at least the command prompt changed to 0.7.2. Smiling

Anyway, this might be a chance to maybe give Zenwalk a second try, though I've already got a few isos waiting (FC5 and FreeBSD).

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