Several derivatives of Slackware Linux had been released. From the West to the East, from the popularity of Zenwalk
, each distribution brought their
own unique. One of them, we will discuss it here: Plamo Linux.
Plamo is a Japanese Linux distribution based on Slackware. This distribution is one of the oldest Japanese distributions. Plamo has purpose to bring the minimalism key-rich features of Slackware for Linux users at Japan. But, more or less, it is designed for well and deep experienced Linux users. Plamo provides Xfce, MATE, and AfterStep for desktop environment availability.
The latest Plamo has been released. It was 6.0 version (Oct. 2015). The version number upgraded reflects the distribution's move to the Linux kernel 4.x series. More interesting packages in latest Plamo include such as below.
- Linux kernel 4.2.3—how about the LTS version?
- MATE 1.10—ah yes, newer version, from Mr. Willy Sudiarto Raharjo's timeline news, is more interesting to adapt.
- Firefox 41.0.2—still stable, though 43.x is a challenge.
- LibreOffice 5.0.2—5.x is latest of new version for other distributions.
- Some more.
The installer, and many text-based and graphical tools have been updated to include Japanese language support fully. When a distribution released at Japan, the tradition is always supported by Japanese language. This case bring back me to a couple years ago that I need to change my Slackware interface, between graphical and command line, to Indonesian language support. Actually, it is really simply easy when we want to switch the interface languages at any distribution's desktop environment in Slackware. Especially for KDE, when you want to use KDE in Bahasa Indonesia, just donwload its localization at KDE Localization repository.Coda
Plamo is good one of the Linux distributions. It won't fight to other Slackware derivatives (Zenwalk, Salix), Slackware's Live-current versions, or even other Japanese distributions (like Vine
—RPM family), even non-Linux (FuguIta
—based on OpenBSD). Every distribution has its own characteristic. But, for Plamo, why not to give it a try?
Out of Plamo, I mean the major distribution: Slackware, I really waiting for the next latest release of Slackware. The current version of Slackware always available to download every month.
After latest beta of its current release this month, I still enjoy with my old
packages—am I really a traditionalist? hee hee
. I've plan—in shaa’ Allah
—to do fresh install when the latest stable version (after 14.1 number) of Slackware released—really, I can't wait no longer.
I hope the next version of Slackware will be polished with latest Plasma 5.x and latest Qt 5.x technology. I still wonder why, when my Slackware planted solid with KDE (sorry, Gnome/GTK-based free) and Qt-based apps, it makes sense. Aye, Arch-based, likes KaOS, Chakra, and Manjaro, have to clear with KDE and Qt only systems—what about other distributions? Maa shaa’ Allah
May Allah Grant us Tawfeeq
~ Wednesday, 10th Rabee’ ath-Thaanee 1437 A.H.