ZenWalk 4.0: Great Taste, Less Volkerding
I do not like Slackware. Let me get that out right now. This should be obvious to anyone who's read my rants or had the misfortune to mistake my Slackware 11 rant for a real review and decided to subsequently question my IQ and parentage on the comments section of OSNews. Zenwalk is a derivative of Slackware, so it's starting out the game with two strikes against it. However it has been several versions since I last looked at this distro (2.4). Let's see if it can make up for its parent.
The installer is your basic ncurses text-based affair, essentially the same as the default Slackware installer. The main difference is you don't seem to be able to choose what gets installed. As soon as I was done partitioning the installer sped off on its merry way.
The opening splash was quite pleasant. I was then greeted by an ncurses setup screen that configured my soundcard and set up a regular user for me. This is a definite improvement from Slackware.