Zenwalk developer Jean-Philippe Guillemin has informed users of the Slackware-based operating system that the final Release Candidate (RC) milestone of the upcoming Zenwalk 8.0 release is now available for public testing.

Zenwalk 8.0 Linux Release Candidate 2 promises to be the last one, as the developer informs the community and public testers that it should be at 99% the stable target. “This is most probably the final release candidate for the upcoming Zenwalk 8.0,” says Jean-Philippe Guillemin in the release announcement.

Featuring the latest long-term supported Linux 4.4.13 kernel, the RC2 build of Zenwalk 8.0 already includes all the newest software releases, including the LibreOffice 5.1.3 office suite, Chromium 51.0 web browser, MPlayer 1.3 video player, FFmpeg 3.0.1 multimedia backend, and Slackware Current’s security updates.

New desktop layout for Xfce 4.12 is in place

The final release of the Zenwalk 8.0 Linux operating system is coming with a new desktop layout for Xfce 4.12, the lightweight and super-fast desktop environment that users can customize as they see fit. Additionally, it will include updated system tools to fully integrate the new PolicyKit privileges elevation features.

Thanks to the new PolicyKit infrastructures, users will finally be able to do all sorts of system administration tasks without the need to log in as root. For example, Zenwalk 8.0 will let you change your user password, set the X.Org keyboard layout, change the locale, set the system clock, as well as configure the login manager.

Zenwalk 8.0 Release Candidate 2 is now available for download via our website, but again, please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release version. Some issues might be present, so we recommend that you wait for the final Zenwalk 8.0 release to hit the streets before upgrading your Zenwalk installation.

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